Michael's training in ceramics includes studies with Marsha Shankman, MFA, Xiaosheng Bi, MFA, Kevin Hluch, MFA, Mark Terry, MFA, Gerald Theibolt, MFA and Warren Bakely, MFA.
Michael's work in Ceramics has been in wheel throwing and hand-building. He has worked as an Artist in Residence at Landon School in Bethesda, Maryland. He studied ceramics at George Fox University in Portland, Oregon and other schools in Maryland.
My work in Ceramics is an exploration of nature as an environment to find inner-peace. This body of work reflects on a childhood growing up in the backwoods of Oregon. Physical and spiritual exploration abounded in the solitude of nature. The forms that I work with explore quiet moments of life transitions.
While studying ceramics at George Fox University I was introduced to Anagama (wood) and Raku firing. My work focuses on the tranquility attained by reflection. Color bursts are enveloped in the serenity of the work following the Japanese ideal of serenity with a touch of beauty.
The focus of my work is to explore those connections with my surrounding environment and fellow human beings.