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Michael Kline

Biography to Display: 

EDUCATION

1986 BFA pottery, painting and printmaking, University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Tennessee

1989 Michael Simon workshop, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, North Carolina

APPRENTICESHIPS AND RESIDENCIES

1998 Resident Artist, Penland School of Crafts, Penland, North Carolina

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

Studio potter Kline Pottery, Bakersville, NC

1993—Studio potter, established Okra Pottery, Massachusetts and North Carolina

1986-1989 Pottery Instructor, Westside YMCA, New York, New York

 

Michael Kline has worked as a studio potter since 1993. In the early 1990s he built and fired his work in Mark Shapiro’s wood kiln at Stonepool Pottery. After the residency at Penland he designed and built a kiln in North Carolina that could accommodate both dinnerware and larger stoneware work. The kiln is fired 6 times a year using waste wood from area saw mills as fuel.

Kline’s pieces are typically functional or derived from functional forms. The surfaces are often covered with black curvilinear botanical motifs on a thick white slip surface that becomes gray in a soda firing. There is also a body of work in which the surface is decorated by impressing a pattern in the leather hard clay and then inlaying porcelain into the impressions. His pieces are inspired in part by the natural world around his studio and the pots of the Catawba Valley and Seagrove areas of North Carolina.  At times his pots have the  traditional Southeastern glass runs and alkaline ash glaze.

Public Collections

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Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Gustin, Christopher, Angela Fina, and Jonathan L. Fairbanks. The Contemporary Potter: A Collection of the Best Original Work in Earthenware, Porcelain, and Stoneware. Rockport Publishers, 2000.

Hopper, Robin. Functional Pottery: Form and Aesthetic in Pots of Purpose. Radnor, PA: Chilton Book Co., 2000.

Hluch, Kevin A. The Art of Contemporary American Pottery. Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2001.

Kline, Michael and Jennifer Poellot Harnetty. Ceramic Arts Daily Presents the Brush and the Wheel: A Contemporary Approach to Traditional Pottery. 2015.

Kline, Michael. “Sawdust & Dirt.”  blog, sawdustanddirt.com.

Tourtillott, Suzanne J. E. 500 Pitchers: Contemporary Expressions of a Classic Form. Asheville, NC: Lark Books, 2006.

 

Website: www.klinepottery.com

Artist's Studio: Kline Pottery

 

 

 

the center for craft, creativity & design This research was supported by a Craft Research Fund grant from The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, Inc.
   
southern highland craft guild The Archive of the Southern Highland Craft Guild.

 

Typical Marks
First firing stamp
ca. 1995
2000
ca. 2000
ca. 2000
ca. 2000
ca. 2000
ca. 2005
2015
Dis Dat D'other Vase
Date: ca. 1990
Form: Vase
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Pachyderm Teapot #1
Date: ca. 1995
Form: Teapot
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Yumomi
Date: 2000
Form: Yunomi
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Carved, Glaze
Photo: Audrey Bell
Photo: Audrey Bell
Jar
Date: ca. 2000
Form: Jar
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron
Vase
Date: ca. 2000
Form: Vase
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron
Pitcher
Date: ca. 2000
Form: Pitcher
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: Loren Maron
Pachyderm Teapot #2
Date: ca. 2000
Form: Teapot
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Pachyderm Teapot #3
Date: ca. 2005
Form: Teapot
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Large Bowl
Date: 2008
Form: Bowl
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Four Handle Jar
Date: ca. 2008
Form: Jar
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Photo: TMP
Pitcher
Date: 2015
Form: Pitcher
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze, Mishima, Woodfire
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Bowl
Date: ca 2017
Form: Bowl
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Brushwork, Glaze, Impressed, Mishima
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Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified April 25, 2018. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/kline