I am endlessly fascinated with the diversity of nature and I spend as much time as possible just being out-of-doors. I have a strong connection to the land. As a gardener, the son of a farmer, and an outdoor enthusiast I have spent much of my life studying and exploring the fauna and flora around me. It is this background that asserts itself in my work.
The surface decoration of my work is more about energy and the life-force and flow of nature than a reference to any particular plant forms. I often use the leaf, the vine, the sprout, or spiral as a visual vehicle to express that energy and life that I feel so strongly when immersed in natures abundance and diversity.
I appreciate and seek-out ways to produce random and organic results with clay and glazes. But my attention tends to gravitate back towards the themes of pattern and linear motifs. I use pattern not only to represent energy but at the same time, as a sense of calm and comfort. I love to carve, sculpt, and incise lines to add a tactile dimension to the surface of pottery intended to be held.
My goal is to make people feel compelled to pick up my work; to create a delight to the eye as well as to the touch. If I’m working with particularly attractive clay I often leave some of the surface unglazed to allow the clay itself to communicate its own beauty. I especially enjoy the challenge of finding that balance between form and function - making pieces that function as well as they look.
Ultimately my driving forces as a maker of functional pottery are exploration and experimentation. I am continually trying new approaches and content, new decorative techniques and motifs. This creates an opportunity where one idea leads to another, and on it continues like an on-going visual dialog, an evolution of ideas.
MICHAEL ANDREW VORISEK
17874 South Townline Rd.
Linesville, Pennsylvania 16424
Studio Potter - Back Thirty Fine Pottery
WORK HISTORY – TEACHING
2014 - 2020, Art Department chairperson, Conneaut Area Senior High
2013 - 2020, Art Instructor, Conneaut Area Senior High, Linesville, PA
1991 - 2012, Art Instructor, Linesville Junior-Senior High School, Linesville, PA
1990, Art Instructor, Connemaugh Valley Junior-Senior High School, Johnstown, PA
1989 – B.S. Art Education, Edinboro University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro, PA
WORKSHOPS – CONFERENCES
2017 – Steven Hill, cone 6 spraying and glazing, 323 Clay Studio, Independence, MO.
2018 – NCECA annual conference, Pittsburgh, PA
2019 – Justin Rothshank, decalcomania workshop, Contemporary Craft, Pittsburgh, PA
2019 – Community wood firing, Touchstone Center for Craft, Farmington, PA
SHOWS / AWARDS
Cup: The Intimate Object XVI, The Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, FL.
Plates: Summer Is Served 2020, The Charlie Cummings Gallery, Gainesville, FL.
International Ceramic Arts Network Shirt Design competition 2019, Winner
International Ceramic Arts Network Shirt Design competition 2020, Winner
Veteran – U.S. Army Reserve, 1985 - 1993
Member – International Ceramic Arts Network
2014, Conservation Educator of the Year, Crawford County Conservation District