Vintage Mark Fleming Studio Pottery Vase Description and Item Information Up for sale is this vintage studio art pottery vase by the listed artist, Mark D. Please excuse any glare in the photos. This vase is grayish blue, with rust-colored speckles. There is incised decoration, inside of which the glazing is white with rust-colored speckles. The vase stands approximately 11 1/4 inches tall, and it has a maximum diameter of about 5 1/4 inches.Unpacked, this pot weighs 2 pounds 14.3 ounces. It would be a great addition to a collection of California studio art pottery.
Identification This piece has incised markings beneath, M. It was made by Mark D. Fleming (1931-), a listed artist in the Vasefinder Museum.
Per Vasefinder, Fleming was born in Salt Lake City, Utah. While he was an infant, he moved with his parents to Northern California, attending Anderson and Shasta High Schools. He received a degree in biology from Chico State University before studying ceramics at California State University San Diego.While in San Diego, he was a student of Martha Longenecker and he met Marguerite Wildenhain, who would become his mentor. Fleming graduated with an MFA in 1963. He attended Pond Farm in Guerneville, California, and he also assisted Wildenhain there. Fleming also taught at Hilltop High School and Southwestern College of Chula Vista. Besides being a ceramist, Mark Fleming is a multi-faceted artist, having produced watercolors, oil paintings, silkscreen prints, block prints, lithographs, etchings, and sculptures. He exhibited at the Del Mar County Fair during the 1960s, and his work resides in the permanent collection of the Crocker Art Museum in Sacramento. Condition The vase looks very good overall, with no chips or cracks. It has light wear from use. The interior has white hard water staining, which comes up to within about an inch of the rim; I have not tried to remove these deposits.
In the inside of the neck, where the hard water deposits are present, there are a few dark, vertical, fine lines/marks (examples visible in Photo 7); these are believed to have been caused by the metal stems of fake flowers scraping on the inside of the neck when they were inserted into the vase. Variations in glazing are as made, as are tripod stilt marks beneath. Payments must be received within three days of the end of the listing, unless prior arrangements have been made. And international government regulations prohibit such behavior.
Other Information Individual computers may display colors differently.