Mark Gardner was born in Cincinnati where he began to learn woodworking at the age of 16. Upon graduating from the University of Cincinnati with a BFA in Theater Design & Production, he took a woodturning class at Arrowmont School of Arts & Crafts. Immediately hooked on the process, Mark began spending all his free time turning things from toy tops to lidded boxes to small bowls.
In 2000 he moved to Saluda, NC to work for woodturner and sculptor Stoney Lamar. He currently has his own studio where he makes functional and decorative bowls, vessels and shrink boxes as well as the occasional sculpture. He teaches woodturning around the country at craft schools and woodturning clubs and has work in public collections including the Museum of Art & Design in New York and the Yale Art Gallery.