ABOUT THE MBC GROUP
Welcome to MBC Arts Wellbeing CIC and MBC Ceramics. We're an organisation made up of two parts, for more information please read below.
MBC Arts Wellbeing CIC is a Community Interest Company which specialises in the delivery of funded and part-funded community arts education programmes to adults and family groups across Sunderland, and to adults across County Durham. We offer a range of community arts courses, from ceramics to print making and batik, and we can deliver these courses either at our own city centre premises in Sunderland, or on location in the community. Many of these courses are completely free for individuals and groups, just ask for more information.
Our focus is on producing community art sculptural work and on enabling us to offer subsidised and free wellbeing programmes for those who will benefit from the considerable creative benefits working with clay and engaging with arts practices can bring.
Our CIC is not for profit, and so all of the profits will be reinvested into our community each year in a variety of ways, including us using any surplus to offer free arts wellbeing courses to all from our premises in Sunderland city centre.
MBC Ceramics also includes the wheel-thrown ceramics made by Mark Burns Cassell. Working from his studio in Sunderland city centre, company director Mark produces his popular range of wheel-thrown domestic stoneware pottery. Mark exhibits his work at shows nationally from may until December each year.
All of Mark's work is dishwasher, microwave and oven safe and the glazes are unique to the work, having been developed by Mark over many years. Mark's thrown work is inspired by Medieval and Roman functional forms, and focuses on simplicity, chalky, natural colours. The work is characterised by clean flowing lines and an emphasis on functionality and practical utility.
Mark has sold his work to people from countries all around the world, and the making part of the business is how MBC Ceramics was born; for all the organisation has grown a lot and in many different directions since then, it is still Mark's passion and his love since he began teaching himself how to make pots after school when he was 14 years old.