Mark Stoddart - International Designer
 
 
 
 
             
Mark Stoddart - Designer  
Mark Stoddart lives and works in Ayrshire, Scotland.
From his workshop (founded in 1990) set among
the ancient castles and lochs of his homeland,
Mark creates extraordinary sculptures. Drawing his
inspiration from a landscape that also inspired
Scotland's most famous literary son, Rabbie Burns,
who was born in Ayrshire in 1759. Mark was also
inspired during his travels around the world
especially his visits to Africa
"I recognised that people
may not have the space for
a large bronze sculpture to
sit in their house, so the
next best thing was to turn
it into a functional item"
 

A unique blend of form and function

Over the years, Mark's unique sculptures have become highly collectable items sought after by clients
the world over. Foremost among these is a range of beautiful and functional glass-topped coffee and
dining tables with bronze-bases, some sculptured into wild animal forms, including the Hippopotamus,
Tiger, Baby Elephant and Rhinoceros. Others take their inspiration from technology, among them the
Apollo Lunar Landing Module table, one of which now takes pride of place in the home of former US
astronaut Buzz Aldrin. There is a great demand for Mark's art creating a waiting list which can run into
months for the most popular pieces. A limited edition of only 99 Coffee Tables and 50
Dining/Conference Tables are created. Each piece carries the designer's signature, is individually
numbered and comes with a certificate of authenticity. One piece, which was auctioned at
Christies of London sold for double its retail value.

 
 
 

International appeal

Today, Mark exports to private collectors throughout the world and has recently sold to clients in the USA,
Hong Kong, Monaco, Saudi Arabia and Japan as well as clients throughout Europe, Africa and
Australasia. Each unique sculpture makes a simple, yet powerful connection with it's owner, by fusing
timeless aesthetic appeal with day-to-day usefulness.

Mark's tables fequently become part of the family. Over 70% are given a name as they are introduced into
the household. It is not unusual for Mark to receive a letter from the new family member updating him of
a new address or other family news. One fellow who regularly moves around the world with his new
family, keeps Mark up to date with his latest location once he has safely settled into his new
surroundings.

   
 

ACID - anti copying in design

Mark is an active member of Anti Copying in Design (ACID).

The strong, yellow and black ACID brand communicates that a member knows and
understand their intellectual property rights and wishes to fully exploit the value they
have created in their designs. It also communicates that they are prepared to assert
their rights and will pursue any intellectual property infringement. It is intended to send
a clear warning to would-be copyists underpinned by a sound and proven track record
of settlements on behalf of its members by its associates lawyers.

   
   

Charity events with Mark's amphicar

One of Mark's other interests is his Amphicar. After owning it for 12 years he is finally having it
refurbished with a launch date planned in 2012.

Other charities have expressed an interest for it to be used at events on the River Thames in
London and on the River Dee in Chester.

 

Prove them all wrong!

At the age of 13 I was introverted, withdrawn, had zero confidence and all the different forms of dyslexia
you can have. I left my home in Scotland to attend a special school in Sussex, England called ‘Brick
Wall’. Never did I realise that this school would be the turning point in my life! I spent 5 years being
taught in a way that I could understand. Learning and developing, being treated with such care,
kindness, trust and respect from the teachers as well as my fellow pupils, I found self-belief and
intelligence that I never knew I had!

At 18, I left with the confidence and desire to achieve and put my dyslexic symptoms to one side. It was
at the age of 32, after returning home from a holiday in South Africa, that I was inspired by a vision of a
hippo in the water; the rest is history.

My sincere tributes of appreciation go to those people who have helped me along the way and are still
helping me to this day!

Taken from Dyslexic Contact Volume 23 September 2004