Mark P. Mooney Biosketch
Mark P. Mooney and his wife Kathleen M. Allen, a potter, are co-founders of Ginkgo Studios, LLC. Mark is a full time academic at the University of Pittsburgh and a part-time woodworker and stained glass craftsman. He is guided and inspired in his woodworking by the philosophy and beauty of the Arts and Crafts Movement of the last century. Honest craftsmanship, good design, and the use of organic materials are the cornerstones of his work.His woodworking skills have been honed over the last decade and he has studied with Seattle-based artist and craftsman Thomas Stangeland on Greene and Greene style furniture making at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking; Ben Littl e and Tom Harris, two Roycroft Master Artisans, on Craftsman style furniture making at their studio in East Aurora, NY; and Master Craftsman Jeffery Lohr on Mission Style furniture design at his studio in Pottstown PA. He has also taken a number of basic and advanced woodworking classes from two local artisans and master craftsmen, Max Peterson and Dante DiIanni. He also teaches arts and crafts furniture and frame making classes at DiLegno Woodshop Supply in McKees Rocks, PA. Mark is a member of the Pittsburgh Craftsman's Guild, Touchstone Center for Crafts, and he serves on the Board of Directors of the Western Pennsylvania Woodworkers. Mark's work involves creating unique pieces based on designs by Gustav, Leopold, and John G. Stickley, Harvey Ellis, Elbert Hubbard and the Roycrofters, Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles and Henry Greene, and Peter and John Hall. These artists represent Craftsman, Arts and Crafts, Mission, Prairie, and Greene and Greene styles. Mark works mainly with traditional Arts and Crafts style woods like quartersawn white oak, African mahogany, and African ebony. While he appreciates the traditional use of hand tools, Mark uses both machine and hand tools to produce his pieces. He also tries to emulate the traditional wood stains of the period such as the fumed appearance of the white oak in the Stickley and Arts and Crafts pieces and the reddish orange hues derived from potassium dichromate as seen in the African mahogany in the Greene and Greene style pieces. Mark is also well trained in the Tiffany-style (copper foil) method of stained glass construction and creates lamps in the Greene and Greene and Arts and Crafts traditions. While Mark makes multiple copies of his work, subtle variations in wood, stains, waxes, and his changing skill level and mind set all guarantee that each piece will be a unique creation. "Art and honest labor: The essence of the Arts and Crafts movement". (Darrell Peart, Greene and Greene: Design Elements for the Workshop, 2005).