A unique perspective.
A lifetime of practice.
Always the same two hands.
Michael was born in Harlingen, Texas in 1950. His early years were spent abroad. He had the contrasting influences of southern Texas and European cultures. and at the age of 12 he moved to Corona del Mar, where he was introduced to the California surf scene and the art movement.
After studying ceramics in college under the direction of professor William Payne, Michael began his travels. He started in Denmark on the island of Bornholm at Yacht Pottery. Renowned for their hand crafted stoneware and porcelain, this Danish pottery was established in the 17th century, and is now a museum. Michael continued to travel extensively, adding to his knowledge of art history. He later accepted a teaching position at the David Greene Pottery in Exeter, Devon, England. On his return to California he began work with a select group of emerging artists.
Michael then opened his studio in Laguna Beach, where he is still working today.