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Michael Simmons



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Membership level
Regular Membership
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North Plains
Program Coordinators
  • Ray Grimm Award Coordinator

Art Work Description

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Firing Methods
  • Gas
  • Electric
  • Raku
  • High-Fire
Types of Clay Used
  • Terra Cotta
  • Stoneware
Forming Methods and Techniques
  • Wheel Thrown
  • Slabs
  • Molded
  • Hand Built
  • Carved
Finishing Methods and Techniques
  • Lustres
Forms Types
  • Plates
  • Serving Platters
  • Decorative Vases
  • Figurative
Artwork Description
  • Non-Functional
  • Garden
  • Figurative
  • Multimedia
  • Sculpture
Artist Statement
Working with Raku ceramic clay to combine faces, with ornamental attachments and pressed doilies into the clay to create decorative textures, making my own molds that include a face hidden in the leaves, sconses that look like purses, hand built bas relief angels with wings, bearded wizard moon with hat. Raku Display of individual pieces becomes a whimsical, sometimes antique looking and definitely mythical with the various masks
B.A. in Art at West Chester State University, Pennsylvania,1975, helping with high firing kiln in art dept., Masters in Art Educ. Degree at Florida International Univ.,1991, while teaching ceramics & Art, K-6th Grade in West Palm Beach, Florida, 1985-1991, teaching ceramics at the Willowbrook Art Center, with OPA master salt glaze potter Daniel Stevens, Summers from 1983 - 1991. Teaching Ceramics and other Fine Art subjects at Buckman Arts Focus School, K-5, 1991-2016

Clay Educators

Educator Type
  • College or University
  • Private studio
  • Elementary School
  • Retired Educator
Name of Institution or Studio
Class Location
Home garage in Spring, summers and Fall
Description of your classes you offer
fundamental Hand building. Techniques include slab, coil, drapped, pinch pot and throwing on the wheel.

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