What had begun as a hobby soon became an obsession. The flexibility of how the clay could be manipulated into various shapes and forms and then embellished with such a variety of designs, colors and impressions made it an inexhaustible intrigue for him.
Michael earned his Masters’ degree in studio art at Western Carolina University in 1996. In addition, he has studied the art form at the prestigious Kansas City Art Institute and at Alfred University in New York State with such great American ceramists as Ken Furguson, Val Cushing and Victor Babu.
In addition to his own work, which has been on display at the Orlando Biennial, Key West Art Festival, the Winter Park Autumn Art Show and Festival of the Masters at Walt Disney World, his ceramic students have won awards, honors and scholarships bringing him recognition as one of the best art teachers in the nation. Each year he hosts workshops with some of the best ceramists in the nation to benefit his students learning. Some of those included having been Don Davis, Chris Staley, Bobby Silverman, Jeff Oestreich, Stephen Hill, William Hunt, George Timmock, Paul Soldner, Josh DeWeese and Suze Lindsey.