Mark Issenberg creates fine ash-glazed stoneware near Plum Nelly where he first studied ceramics as a young man under the legendary potter, Charles Counts.
Later, Mark went on to receive a degree in Fine Arts and served the City of Hialeah, Florida
for eighteen years as a fire fighter. Always maintaining a close relationship
with fire, upon retirement Mark returned to the source of his greatest influence
and inspiration. Today, Mark is an award-winning potter. His functional and
decorative pieces are widely exhibited throughout the South and East.
Mark is a long term member of the Southern Highland Craft Guild, whose mission is to discover, preserve and promote knowledge and appreciation of traditional and contemporary crafts of the Appalachian region. He is a member of Potters Council dedicated to meet the needs of studio potters and ceramic artists by providing forums for knowledge exchange and professional enhancement.