Michael and Christine have created a unique collaboration in the world of fine crafts. Christine has been a basket weaver for twenty-six years, and Michael a studio potter for twenty-five. After working in their separate media in the same studio for five years, they began to see the rich potential in combining clay and fiber. Working together, they have created a series of vessels that integrate low-fired stoneware, fiber, metals and other media into harmonious union. The earthy, primitive tonalities and textures of the natural fibers and the sagger and smoke-fired stoneware combine to create a vessel that reveals the various media as being not only mutually compatible, but as actually enhancing each ones inherent beauty.
Michael began his studies in Art and Ceramics at the University of California at Santa Cruz. There he studied under the distinguished potter and teacher, Al Johnsen, and later became his apprentice. Michael graduated in 1972 with a combined degree in Ceramics and Art History. He became a successful studio potter, and produced a line of hand- decorated porcelain and stoneware functional pottery. A love of primitive, indigenous art was born in Christine during childhood.