(1936 - )
A stalwart of the Hockaday, and Arts In The Park since the
beginning, Robert Markle has been working and fine-tuning his
ceramic craft and aesthetic values for over thirty years. Born and
raised in Sidney, Montana, Markle studied at Alfred University in
New York, and Flathead Valley Community College, where he also
taught pottery for several years.
He has exhibited widely in Montana and the northwest; his works are
found in the permanent collections of several museums, including the
Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D. C.
He lives with his wife Anne and son Tyler on a small farm nested
with a view of Montana's Columbia Range. The Markles have built a
colony of wooden buildings where life revolves around the seasons of
the garden, the drying of the clay and firing of the kiln. Robert
has distinguished himself as a creator of functional, high-fired
stoneware pots with lead-free glazes. The singular beauty of
Markle's pottery has grown from a synthesis of creator and creation.
Each piece is skillfully hand-crafted with great attention to
detail. Form and function are artfully combined as only a potter
with years of experience can achieve.
Arts In The Park 1969 to Present