Michael Kline

Artist Statement

 Michael demonstrating his brushworkDespite the many tangents that lead me this way and that in the course of making pottery, the ideas, desires and excitement of clay remain very close to those at the very beginning of my career. To be sure, the outcome of experience and effort, trial and error has evolved through the years. But the process still begins with the simple, ecstatic response to a ball of soft clay. Hopefully, te.he successful pot elicits a similar response in the context of the home.

The mountains of North Carolina provide plenty of inspiration with their wildly exuberant flora, geological variety and the pottery history that sprang from these geological circumstances. Strong pottery form and patterns evoke the complexity of this natural environment. By some combination of optimism and risk, my collaboration with the natural properties of clay and wood fire continues to lead me through this potter's life, at times exasperating and at others, exhilarating.

Artist Bio

Born in 1961 Michael has been a studio potter since 1993. He studied civil engineering, pottery, painting, and printmaking at the University of Tennessee and holds a BFA. He studied under Michael Simon at the Penland School of Crafts in 1989. From 1989-1998 Michael, along with Mark Shapiro and Sam Taylor, produced pots from a cooperative wood kiln in Worthington, MA before being awarded a Resident Artist position at Penland in 1998. There he created a body of work in translucent porcelain and large-scale stoneware pottery inspired by the traditional stoneware of the Catawba Valley and Seagrove areas of NC. In 2001 Michael built a large wood burning kiln and studio in Bakersville, NC where he lives with his wife/goldsmith, Stacey Lane, and their two daughters, Evelyn and Lillian.