Mark Cooke

Having studied geology Mark is inspired by the beauty, variety and physicality of geological structures. He aims to convey his own design ideas by exploring the textures and characteristics of Welsh slate. An important motivation has been to bring into an interior design/craft context, material normally associated with flooring etc.

As a self confessed minimalist with a background in decorating, Mark is attracted to the juxtaposition of unfinished surfaces with those treated by cutting or grinding. The textures inherent in Welsh slate are crisp and extremely well defined and are best appreciated when at eye level.

Having started experimenting with limestone and natural iron rich slate some six years ago Mark’s sole focus on grey slate has led him to fully appreciate its potential and begin to master its nuances as a working material.