Mark Cleverley has led a distinguished and varied design career, spanning architecture, graphic design, ceramics, packaging and postage stamps. As creative director at Crown Lynn Potteries during the 1960s, he designed some of New Zealand’s most iconic ceramics, including the New Zealand parliamentary dining suite for the Bellamy’s restaurant. His graphic design skills were used to create some of the most distinctive postage stamps of the 1970s, such as the Ross Dependency series and 1970 New Zealand Exposition stamps, as well as labels, buildings, and much more.
Mark taught at the Wellington School of Design for more than a decade. College Pro Vice-Chancellor Professor Claire Robinson says that his designs “have a deceptive simplicity, reflecting his belief that anything a designer does must make a contribution.”
In 2014 Mark received the Designers Institute of New Zealand Black Pin for Outstanding Achievement in the design industry, as well as being the subject of the book Mark Cleverley, Designer, by Jonty Valentine (Bateman).