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Michael Arntz

Biography to Display: 

1939 Born Los Angeles, California


1962 BA California State University, Long Beach, California

1964 MFA California State University, Long Beach, California


1965 Designer/Craftsman, Architectural Pottery, Manhattan Beach, California

1965-1990 Professor, Art Department, University of California, Santa Barbara, California

1981-1987 Chairperson, Art Department, University of California, Santa  Barbara, California


Michael Arntz is known for large and monumental scale landscape stoneware sculptures and vessels. Sometimes, materials are added post-firing; these included rope, wood, and leather. He also worked in porcelain and earthenware. Early in his career, his work in the vessel form was influenced by southwestern Native American pots and those of other cultures.


Public Collections to Display: 

California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, California

The National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service, Harpers Ferry Center, West Virginia

Utah Museum of Fine Arts, Salt Lake City, Utah



Bibliography to Display: 

Anhat Fleisher Gallery. Michael Arntz, Ceramic Sculpture. Los Angelos CA: Anhat, Fleisher Gallery, 1969.


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The Forrest L. Merrill Collection, Dane Cloutier Archives



Typical Marks

Before 1992 did not typically sign work. As of February 2017, there are 3 known marks used by Michael Arntz: 1. Printed, incised into clay, with first initial and date below, located on base. 2. Full name written out in script. 3. Initials MA pressed into clay with commercial stamps.

Fetish Pot Series
Surface Technique: Unglazed
Monumental Sculpture Series
Monumental Sculpture Series
Materials: Stoneware
Covered Jar Series
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Incised

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified February 12, 2024.