Michael Sherrill ceramic art
Michael Sherrill was born on 27 October 1954. He is a self-taught master, recognized worldwide as one of the most honored and original masters of ceramics. He has lived in North Carolina since 1974, the state, known for its pottery tradition, which encouraged the development and training of traditional crafts. In 1974, he moved from his home in Charlotte mountains north-west, where he draws inspiration. In his work the sculptor uses clay, bronze, porcelain, glass. Michael conducts seminars, has developed a line of tools for potters and sculptors under the brand name “Mudtools”. At the present time – the board president of The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design. The Center is in service to advancing the understanding of craft and the field of materials-based arts both in practice and in academic settings.
Artist Statement: “In my case, it is the flora and fauna surrounding my studio that continue to surprise me. For me, these discoveries are epiphanies. My desire is to create something that might bring its observer to the same place of discovery. It’s one thing too for me to respond to a stimulant and then to make work. It is another thing for that work to go the next step and bring a likewise response from the viewer”.
Art works by Michael Sherrill are in the Smithsonian’s Renwick Museum of American Craft, the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, the Mint Museum, the Museum of Art and Design, Corning Museum of Glass, and Takoma Glass Museum, among others. At the heart of his interest is the intersection of where humans and materials meet in both handmade objects and the natural world.