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Mark Nafziger

Biography to Display: 

Born 1957 Archbold, Ohio



BFA, BA Math, Goshen College, Goshen, Indiana



 1981-present Resident Potter, Saunder Village, Archbold, Ohio



Mark Nafziger is known for functional, wheel thrown stoneware and porcelain pottery. Nafziger’s decorative techniques include slip trailing, feathering, glazing, and incising. He intricately decorates his work using these techniques. Initially firing in an electric kiln he later fired in a wood burning kiln. 

A mathematics major in college, Nafziger took an art elective and was introduced to glass blowing and ceramics. After graduation he was invited to set up a studio at Saunder Village and began what is now a career mastering the craft and art of slip trailing, feathering, and glazing. His thrown objects are sometimes decorated with intricate all over patterns, sometimes sparse decoration, but always unified by an overall glaze application.

 Nafziger also has a body of work using incised motifs on simple wood fired vessel forms.

 Nafzifer was voted Ohio’s best potter 2020.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, California

Canton Museum of Art, Canton, Ohio


Bibliography to Display: 

Blair Clark, Phyllis. “Mark Nafziger.” Ceramics Monthly (December 1995), pp. 29 – 34.



Artist's Studio: Brush Creek Pottery



Center for CraftCenter For Craft



AMOCA American Museum of Ceramic ArtAMOCA American Museum of Ceramic Art


Typical Marks

“Nafziger” in brown slip on base of pot.

Date: 1990
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Dimensions: 4.9 inches in diameter
Surface Technique: Glaze
American Museum of Ceramic Art, gift of The American Ceramic Society, 2004.2.115
Photo: TMP
American Museum of Ceramic Art, gift of The American Ceramic Society, 2004.2.115
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP

Citation: Lange, Hanna. "The Marks Project." Last modified April 13, 2023.