I studied ceramics at La Meridiana International School of Ceramics in Tuscany, Italy and received formal training in Mediterranean techniques from Pietro Maddalena, Luca Tripaldi and raku master, Giovanni Cimatti. I have also studied with Bob Smith at the Arvada Center.
The process of making ceramics enthralls me. Most of my creations are formed on a potter’s wheel, but I also start with slabs of clay as my base. I love embellishing my pieces with hand carving techniques. Each piece is hand painted with three coats of lead free glaze and fired to 2,200 degrees in an electric kiln.
All functional pieces are food, microwave, oven and dishwasher safe.
I also create RAKU pieces, which are strictly decorative due to the lower firing process. These pieces are durable, however, they are porous and should not be used for food or water.
I love experimenting with different clays, glazes, designs and techniques. Some pieces are pre-planned and others just evolve. No two items are ever exactly alike. I strive to produce a finished quality piece that I would be proud to use and display in my home and that others could enjoy as well.
My work is available through galleries and may be viewed at Shadow Mountain Gallery in Evergreen (shadowmountaingallery.com) and at Colorado Mountain Art Gallery in Georgetown (coloradomountainartgallery.com). Additional work can be viewed on my website, michaelaandrandy.com.