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Michael Morier Studio Art Pottery Vase Indian Type

Michael Morier Studio Art Pottery Vase Indian Type

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Directory: Popular Collectibles: Decorations: Pre 1990: Item # 912294
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This fascinating and rare vase is 4.75" t. x 7.5" and represents the unique, eggshell-thin wheel-thrown "burnished earthenware" of Michael Morier, who was originally from Michigan (getting his BFA and MFA from Michigan State University). His work in represented in numerous museum collections.

According to a 2002 post on clayart, "I met him several years ago and possess one of his pieces, of the horsehair type. It is indeed very beautiful, and I cherish it. He is a most interesting man, and we had a number of pleasant conversations about pots, life, etc. I want to excerpt several sections from his handout, which may be of interest:

"'In 1970 Michael found himself living in a sort of communal living situation with about eight other people who were artists or entertainers. Included in the group were Lacy J. Dalton the country and western singer, and Cheech Marin the comedian.
"Strangely enough it was Cheech Marin, an accomplished potter, who introduced Michael to wheel thrown pottery. Michael thought at the time that if Cheech could learn to throw pottery, perhaps he could as well.'
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"'In 1978 Michael moved to New Mexico with the hope of finding greater inspiration and artistic stimulation. While teaching at an Indian Reservation, the artist began studying the burnished black pottery of the Southwest Pueblo Indians. After years of experimentation he finally arrived at his present plateau.'
"'Michael's burnished earthenware borrows some of the techniques from the Pueblo Indians and combines them with some of his own innovations. The pots are wheel thrown, burnished, then decorated with various combustable materials while the work is still red hot. The result is a beautiful satin smooth marble like appearance.'"

This piece comes with one of Morier's "handouts," a black-and-white flier with a page of background information facing a photo of the potter working on a vase over 12" tall.

Hand-incised Morier and 90 (the date?). No nicks, chips, cracks, or repairs. For more photos, visit: