Mark’s inspiration reaches back to growing up on the shores of Nantucket Harbor. He remembers horseshoe crabs being everywhere, from the tiny molts in the salt marshes to the ancient armor-plated hulks that slowly cruise the harbor floor. He now casts these ancient citizens in high fire stoneware. Each spring he ventures to the coast to collect crabs that didn't survive the mating process. In summer he produces plaster molds from the specimens and casts the forms in ceramic through the fall and winter. Every year his work changes a bit — new glazes, more detail, and improved structural supports.