Michael Wisner

Artist Statement

“I look at the creative process as a collaboration between the raw materials found in nature and the artist (also from nature, as we often forget). Each has a voice in the process. It is important to remember art as a collaboration and not an isolated egotistical event by man. It’s an expression of our connection to the natural world. Beautiful places like Maui create a mirror that reflects inside us, waking us, drawing creativity to the surface.

This clay work addresses the innovation of traditional pottery. Over the past 25 years I have studied extensively under Juan Quezada and many matriarchs of the Southwest pottery traditions. Initially, I was drawn to ancient ceramics by the harmonious fit between vessel form and decorative pattern. Following that fascination, I experimented for years with painting.

Today, my work continues investigating form and pattern using texture as the design element. I am fascinated with simple gestural shapes and how pattern evolves as it moves over the pottery surface. I enjoy the collaboration with outdoor raku and bon-firing as they inject spontaneous elements into the work.

The source of my creativity is derived from contact with the natural world. Plants, flowers, clouds, any time spent in nature, seems to touch something in us that awakens a deeper truth reaffirming our connection to everything. That moment resonates inside and collaborates with our life experience, moving us to express the feeling in a visible form. I love the process of being outdoors digging clay and forming these objects with my hands. This work is a reflection of daily life.”

White Chunky Patterned Vessel by Michael Wisner - MIW122

White Chunky Patterned Vessel

$1,900.00
Tan Diamond Patterned Bowl by Michael Wisner - MIW120

Tan Diamond Patterned Bowl

$350.00
Black Metallic Moon Patterned Vessel by Michael Wisner - MIW126

Black Metallic Moon Patterned Vessel

$500.00
Black Metallic Oval Patterned Vessel by Michael Wisner - MIW127

Black Metallic Oval Patterned Vessel

$900.00
Black Metallic Pinecone Patterned Vessel by Michael Wisner - MIW128

Black Metallic Pinecone Patterned Vessel

$2,500.00
Gray Patterned Vessel by Michael Wisner - MIW119

Gray Patterned Vessel

$700.00

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Black Metallic Diamond Patterned Vessel by Michael Wisner - MIW124

Black Metallic Diamond Patterned Vessel

Black Metallic Diamond Patterned Vessel by Michael Wisner - MIW 121

Black Metallic Diamond Patterned Vessel

Burnt Sienna Zigzag Patterned Vessel by Michael Wisner - MIW118

Burnt Sienna Zigzag Patterned Vessel

Chocolate Vase by Michael Wisner - MIW1020

Chocolate Vase

White Pinecone Vessel by Michael Wisner - MIW1026

White Pinecone Vessel

White Kauai Vessel by Michael Wisner - MIW1025

White Kauai Vessel

Black Metallic Spoke Vessel by Michael Wisner - MIW1028

Black Metallic Spoke Vessel

White Zigzag Vessel by Michael Wisner - MIW123

White Zigzag Vessel

White Diamond Vessel by Michael Wisner- MIW1021

White Diamond Vessel

White Oval Vessel by Michael Wisner- MIW1022

White Oval Vessel

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