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Michael Ashley

My work invites touch, like a stone plucked from a riverbed I love pots that are smooth in the hand but have a rugged, natural beauty. I observe a constant erosion and evaporation that takes place in my daily environment.I strive for layers of visual depth combining slip, glaze and texture to recall this geological wearing. Traditional utilitarian forms are the vocabulary for my investigation, surfaces are a combination of historic patterns and motifs mixed with the vibrancy and life of midcentury abstract expressionist paintings.

Ritual and habit inform my studio practice. Art, work and play exist in all aspects of life.
I begin my day with tea; boil the water, strain, pour and savor. That rhythm carries throughout my day whether chopping onions or wedging clay. Make something, use it, let it inform your life, make more.

Michael Ashley - Tall Vase with Red Michael Ashley - Green Vessel Michael Ashley - Large Vessel
Michael Ashley - Platter 1 Michael Ashley - Platter 2 Michael Ashley - Platter 3
Michael Ashley - Trio of Cups Michael Ashley - Cup 2 Michael Ashley - Cup 1
Michael Ashley - Cup 3