MICHAEL SMITH POTTERY

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For the past thirty years, Michael has worked as a potter, producing a diverse line of finely crafted functional stoneware and porcelain. He started with a four-year apprenticeship, the traditional method for learning the potter’s art. In that setting, He learned basic technique, discipline, endurance, and the skills for making a living as a potter. Function is the starting point and context for his work. When he is throwing, marking, or altering pots, the process becomes like a dance - listening to the music of the wheel, creating and interacting with the rhythms, dancing on the edge of collapse. When the last mark is made and the wheel stops, the pot, like a photograph, captures the dancer in motion. Michael strives to keep the movement alive in his work - allowing it to evolve as he participates in its creation, never losing the delight in creating unique home decor that brings pleasure to everyday experience.