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Michael Kifer

Michael Kifer

"I want people to smile when they see my work. I believe that my art is fun, and it shows in the colors of my work. "

Michael Kifer enjoys a painterly approach to clay, treating each piece as a three-dimensional canvas and using colors from fashion that inspire him. The unusual colors and textures not normally associated with ceramics are what set his work apart. He hopes that his work will make you smile.

Kifer hand builds and throws pieces from white earthenware clay, which enhances the colors he applies later. He adds a variety of textures using household objects and other found items. He then airbrushes color on the smooth forms to juxtapose the textured finishes with metallic patinas.

Michael Kifer received an AA degree from Kellogg Community College in 1975. He apprenticed with Frank A. Colsen in Sarasota, Florida from 1977 to 1978 and is now a Master Potter. In 1985, Kifer furthered his studies at Penland School of Craft in North Carolina under Steve Howell, which opened his work to vivid color use.

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Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Boston Mills Art Fest, Peninsula, Ohio, Boston Mills/Brandywine Ski Resort, 2007
Ridgeland Fine Arts Festival, Ridgeland, Mississippi, Renaissance at Colony Park, 2010
Nancy Markoe Gallery, St Pete Beach, St Pete Beach, Florida, 2004–present