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Mike Helke

As a maker, the action of my hand can trace the memory or energy of an experience through illusive rhythms generated by form, positive and negative shapes, and building process marks. This unpredictability prevents a sense of austerity and instead gives the work an unassuming but active sensibility. This can inspire a sensory response, visually and tactilely, offering a sense of pleasure, visually and conceptually, both for me as the maker and for the user. Instead of a lasting feeling of happiness, this state provides a momentary relief and a feeling of delight—a temporary sensation, almost, but not quite tangible or definable; a lively sensation made seductive by its fleetingness.

Each piece physically and conceptually records an animate sensibility derived from my experiences. This record is the catalyst for a call and response relationship that exists between maker, object, and user.


Mike Helke - Pouring Pot, Yellow, Black, Red & Green Mike Helke - Pouring Pot, Black and White Mike Helke - Pouring Pot with Green Spout
Mike Helke - Lidded Jar White w/Black Mike Helke - Lidded Jar, Black and White Mike Helke - Lidded Jar w/ Wing, Black and White
Mike Helke - Pouring Pot w/Blue Handle Mike Helke - Pouring Pot with Red Handle View 1 Mike Helke - Pouring Pot with Red Handle View 2
Mike Helke - Pitcher Mike Helke - Bottle, Multi color with Wings Mike Helke - Round Pitcher w/spots
Mike Helke - Rectangular Plate w/yellow and black Mike Helke - Rectangular Plate w/yellow and black Mike Helke - Rectangular Plate w/yellow and black
Mike Helke - Pouring Pot Study (set of 3 in White) Mike Helke - Square Plate Mike Helke - Square Plate
Mike Helke - Lidded Jar, Multi color Mike Helke - Plates, Abstract


Education
Education
2009-2011 Master of Fine Arts, Ceramics, New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University
2005 Bachelor of Fine Arts, Ceramics, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, MN




Selected Group Exhibitions
2017                Upper St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour, St. Croix Valley, MN
2017                Ashstreet Project, Portland, OR
2017                Flux = Rad, Oregon College of Craft, Portland Oregon.
2017                   “Narrowing The  Variables: Five Approaches to the Vessel”, College at Simon’s Rock Hillman-Jackson     Gallery, Great Barrington MA
2016                   The Feast, Harvey Meadows Gallery, Aspen CO
2016                   Contemporary Clay, Western Carolina University Fine Art Museum, Cullowhee NC
2016                   Our Cups Runneth Over, Society of Arts and Crafts, Boston MA
2016                   Utilitarian Clay Symposium Invited Artist, Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts, Gatlinburg, TN
2016                   Yunomi Invitational, AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, IA
2016                   Upper St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour, St. Croix Valley, MN
2016                   Dallas Pottery Invitational, Dallas, TX
2016                   Edge, Schaller Gallery, St. Joseph, MI
2016                   Under The Influence, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
2016                   8 Fluid Ounces, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA
2016                   Painterly, Schaller Gallery, St. Joseph, MI
2015                   New Work-Mike Helke and Sarah Jaegar, TRAX Gallery, Berkley, CA
2015                   Featured Artist, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
2015                   Expressive and Distinct, Schaller Gallery, St. Joseph, MI
2015                   Upper St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour, St. Croix Valley, MN
2015                   La Mesa, NCECA 2015 via Santa Fe Clay, Providence, RI
2015                   NCECA-Artstream Nomadic Galley, NCECA 2015, Providence, RI
2015                   Yunomi Invitational, AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, IA
2014                   Craft-Tastic, Pelham Art Center, Pelham, NY
2014                   Paper / Clay, Lawrence Art Center, Lawrence, KS
2014                   American Pottery Festival, Northern Clay Center, Minneapolis, MN
2014                   Androit, Schaller Gallery, St. Joseph, MI