Mark P. Mooney is a full time academic at the University of Pittsburgh and part-time craftsman and co-founder of Ginkgo Studios with his wife Kathleen Allen, a potter. He is inspired by the philosophy and beauty of the Arts and Crafts Movement. Honest craftsmanship, good design, and organic materials are the cornerstones of his work.
Mark has studied with Seattle-based artist and craftsman Thomas Stangeland on Greene and Greene style furniture making; Ben Little 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. Mark also teaches Arts and Crafts furniture and frame making classes at GNA Woodworks 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 works mainly with traditional Arts and Crafts style woods such as quartersawn oak, walnut, mahogany, and ebony. The pieces at the Fair in the Park are examples of his furniture and especially his Arts and Crafts frames, which can be commissioned and finished by the holidays.