I really encourage you to go and check out Michael's website to get a more complete sense of his amazing work and process. The following images simply scratch the surface. Very cool indeed. There are some incredible macro shots of kiln formed crystals which I just love. I once did a series of ceramic works that I exhibited as macro photographs of the surface, but they don't hold a candle to Michael's work. Enjoy!
Images: 1 & 2: Dissolving Tendencies. 2009. Ceramic, Wood, Steel. 40” x 15” x 36”
Statement: At our disposal are all the minerals of the universe, as they exist here on planet earth. The combination and recombination of these minerals into objects can only be limited by human imagination and vision. Through explorations in material, surface, and idea, I create works that are reflections on the beauty and power of the objects and textures that compose the natural world.
My intentions are not to copy verbatim these forms and surfaces, but to use the energy they possess as a catalyst for expression and creativity. To create something beautiful and the start to finish process rooted in an idea, serves as a means of fulfillment and joy in my life.
5 & 6: Specimens. 2008. Ceramic, Wood, Glass, LED Lighting.
Piece consists of 48 individually lighted jars with a ceramic sculpture in each jar.
Each Jar measures 3 ½ inches in Diameter.
Bio: Just an everyday guy living the life I love. While pursuing a degree in Art History at Edinboro University, artist Steven Kemenyffy turned me on to ceramics and since then, it’s been my life’s work. After completing school with a degree in Art History, I continued to work closely with Steve in his studio where we wrote and received a grant for an exhibit called Terra Nova that was featured at the 2008 NCECA conference in Pittsburgh. In summer 2008, I was the studio assistant at Peters Valley Craft Center in Layton, NJ and directly after went to The Wichita Center for the Arts in Wichita, KS to be there artist in residence for a year. Now I am back in my hometown of Erie, Pennsylvania where my good friend (a lamp worker) and I have opened up a working studio and sales gallery called ‘Interglasstic Studios.’ We now work fulltime- creating artwork and promoting young, local artisans like ourselves.