Meet Patti Monroe-Mohrenweiser and Mark Mohrenweiser of Beyond Letters. They have always enjoyed art and creative pursuits, and have long been interested in a variety of media. Calligraphy as an art form was a very exciting discovery. It was a creative outlet that allowed the expression of thoughts and emotions on many levels. While calligraphy still remains a constant in a lot of their work, a focus on mixed media, the blending of a variety of styles and materials, has begun to take center stage. Their pottery is created from vintage blocks and license plates. When they decided on a name for their business, they had no idea how appropriate the name would become! What is your favorite piece of work that you have created?
My current favorite is a large bowl that Mark recently made. It’s the largest piece we’ve done (so far), and the colors are just beautiful. See picture above. What are your goals for the future, both artistically and in life?
Do you have any other interesting hobbies or maybe a fun story about an experience involving your artwork?
We used to have raku parties in the summer. Raku pottery is a process where you remove the pottery from the kiln at about 1900 degrees (while it glows red-hot). It is then placed in combustible materials, which will immediately catch fire, and then it is all quickly covered. This produces an intense atmosphere in which the clay takes on some dramatic colors. It is an exciting process to watch, especially after dark. What is your strongest memory of your childhood?
Mark’s strongest memories revolve around the summers (and sometimes winters) spent on his grandparents’ farm in Minnesota. Patti’s strongest memories revolve around her childhood in California… beaches and long summer evenings. What jobs have you done other than being an artist?
Pet and/or animal: We have three dogs (Kodak (Australian Shepherd), Kouper (Siberian Husky/Cattle Dog mix), and Castle (Border Collie), and seven cats (Albert, Mia, Chet-Henry, Gidget, Violet, Neitzsche, and Cecil).
Movie: We tend to like darker comedies. Our current favorite is Mr. Right
Board game: Cribbage. Mark learned this while ice-fishing with his grandfather. We play it as a family often.
Holiday: Our youngest daughter has a 4th of July birthday, and that has gotten to be quite the family celebration. Parades, water balloon fights, fireworks… it doesn’t get much better than that.
Best cup of coffee: Death Wish ~ My daughter found it for me… now I’m hooked
Ice cream: Jeni’s Splendid Ice Cream – either Brambleberry Crisp or Goat Cheese with Red Cherries
You can find lots of Patti & Mark's awesome pottery at Yellow Door and online. Stay tuned for more fun and interesting info about them all this week!
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