Art is my passion and the true backbone of my existence. I have worked extensively in all types of media, including painting, wood, metal, glass, architecture, ceramics and printmaking. I cannot lay claim to any particular style or genre, as I am primarily interested in nonlinear paths of development in the objects I make. Each step of the art making process is part of a personal inner journey. The common thread that stitches my work together is an overriding desire to be surprised by the outcome, as though I wasn’t present during the process.

The art that I create is a product of a concerted effort to exploit my powers of informed intuition for the sheer joy of attempting to reach a “mindless mind” state of awareness. That moment, one nano second before clear cognition again takes over the creative process. For me, the challenge is to let go of predetermined understanding and foresight, and to work on developing my instincts. I strive to create outside of my conscious self, empowered by the strength of my intuition. I tend to select materials that are simple, so as not to become material bound. When I’m successful, the work I create truly represents the sum total of my life experiences and visual histories.

I am also interested in the aesthetic concept of Wabi Sabi, the beauty of things imperfect, impermanent, incomplete, natural and unconventional. I believe that it is impossible to mindfully or intentionally create works that possess these characteristics. By applying my intuition and instincts, I hope to fend off the development of immunities to the fascinations that are right in front me.

10 Responses to About

  1. Hey Michael,
    I have recently become a fan of you and your work on Facebook. Thank you for your work and this blog. While it is said that pots speak of the potter, and art speaks of the artist, it is really nice to have a venue for a direct line to the thought process.

    I am also interested in the concept of Wabi Sabi and like to see it show up in my work. I look forward to following your blog and coming to know you a bit more.

  2. Cara says:

    Looking forward to regular updates from you. Thanks for your dedication to your passion, and for sharing that so freely.

  3. Ruth Apter says:

    The textures and complexity of nature is expressed very well in your approach and the materials you use
    I want to hold the piece in my hand, to take a drink, to reflex and enjoy.

  4. Ruth Apter says:

    I think I meant reflect not reflex!

  5. Ruth Apter says:

    I love the way shino is so surprising and complex..Big fan of carbon trapping.Little crystals..like growing a rock or lichen on a rock. I have never played with this….I am a one trick pony doing raku full time now for 10 years!

  6. Laura says:

    Saw your post on FB… happy to have another clay artist to follow 🙂 I post about clay too, but find that other subjects make their way in — garden, family, history, etc. I realize these are inspiration, as well as being inseparable from studio art. It’s all art for me, whether, writing, gardening, observing the world around me… anyway, pleased to make your [virtual] acquaintance! xLaura

  7. shyrabbit says:

    Hi Laura,
    Nice to meet you here and many thanks for following my blog. I would be interested in following your blog as well, would you please provide me with your url? I too have many interests and I would really enjoy reading more about yours. Thanks again,

  8. Rachel says:

    Your post was 9 years ago, so I know this is a longshot…but I am wondering: how do you encourage cracking of the glaze, in the first step you describe? A naïve question, I imagine…but generally my glaze cracks only when I have applied far too much. There must be another way. I’d appreciate your help–and love your post. Thank you!

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