Mark Arnold was born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA. Mark is a 3rd year MFA candidate at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. Before ceramics Mark traveled the country for about 10 years riding BMX bikes. In doing so he had the opportunity of living in multiple cities that are an influence in his utilitarian pottery today. After an accident that kept Mark on crutches for about 6 month he started taking ceramics classes at a community college and shortly after transferred to Edinboro University where he received his B.F.A in ceramics.