MICHAEL KLINE

Bakersville, North Carolina | SXPF Guest Potter

Bakersville, North Carolina | SXPF Guest Potter

Michael Kline makes utilitarian ceramics with botanical-themed painted and stamped surfaces. For most of his career, Kline has worked with wood-fired salt-glazed stoneware, usually with organic patterns painted on a thick white slip surface. In 2015 he visited the Freer-Sackler Wing of the Smithsonian and was struck by 15th C. examples of the Korean sanggam technique. Since then, he has focused on applying this technique to his own work and aesthetic, creating floral stamps and inlaying the impressions with white slip on a dark stoneware base. Kline’s work is consistently identifiable in its delicate pattern systems contrasted with robust forms and somewhat coarse materials. Michael's work is in the collection of the Islip Art Museum in NY, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts in San Angelo, TX, and The Gregg Museum in Raleigh, NC.