Michaelís present work began developing
Remembering the beautiful pot shards he
had picked up as a boy, and wishing to learn about his ancient roots,
which he knew went back to New Mexicoís Chaco Canyon (the Anasazi
Culture), he began collecting archeological catalogues of pottery
Through extensive study, trial and error,
and even consultation with archaeologists, he developed his pottery
into remarkably close reproductions of Chacoan and Mesa Verde pottery.
Recently, his studies have expanded to the
Mimbres and ancient Mexican People, where human and animal effigies
are common. Michael has added his own contemporary designs to these
ancient themes, to develop his own unique art form.
In some cases, Michael's pottery actually
is a fairly accurate reproduction of older pieces, e.g., Hopi kachinas, but in many instances his work is
just "inspired" by ancient pottery. His pot will not actually
reproduce an older piece, but it will certainly have the "flavor" of
Anasazi or Mimbres pottery.
A single effigy may be based on a Toltec
theme, painted with Chacoan designs, and put together in contemporary
His pottery is fired two times. First, he
kiln fires for strength and then he will refire outdoors to give his
pots their "ancient" look.
Various feature articles have been written
about Michael and his unique style of pottery making. These include
the Gallup Independent newspaper. Native People Magazine, and the
Southwest Art Magazine.
Michael has received many awards in
recognition of his work. Some of the more significant awards include a
first place at the 1994 New Mexico State Fair, First, Second and Third
Place at the 1995 Gallup Ceremonial, and a First Place at the 1996
Michaelís pottery has been displayed at
the Ancient Traditions Galleries in Minneapolis, The Wheelwright and
Gentle Spirit Galleries in Santa Fe, the Maxwell Museum in
Albuquerque, and is featured at the Farnsworth Gallery Taos, in Taos,