The Brush & The Wheel with Michael Kline

In this installment of the Ceramic Arts Daily Presents video series, Michael Kline shares his contemporary take on the pottery traditions of the southeastern United States. Using locally dug clay and tools and techniques used by early North Carolina potters, Michael demonstrates a traditional large water jug thrown in multiple pieces, as well as swirlware cups, a pottery style of the Catawba Valley that combines contrasting clay bodies. He also shares a dinner plate form that is a perfect canvas for his brushwork decoration, plus a number of ways to dress up the rims to frame the designs. In addition he shares his brushwork decorating techniques in the greenware and bisque-fired stages, and explains how these can be combined with other slip-decorating techniques to create interesting surfaces.

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Michael Kline

About the Artist

Michael Kline has been a studio potter since 1990. He studied civil engineering, pottery, painting, and printmaking at the University of Tennessee, where he earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts. Michael also studied under Michael Simon at the Penland School of Crafts in 1989. From 1989-1998 Michael, along with Mark Shapiro and Sam Taylor, produced pots from a cooperative wood kiln in Worthington, Massachusetts, before being awarded a resident artist position at Penland in 1998. There he created a body of work in translucent porcelain and large-scale stoneware pottery inspired by the traditional stoneware of the Catawba Valley and Seagrove areas of North Carolina. In 2001, Michael built a large wood-burning kiln and studio in Bakersville, North Carolina, where he lives with his wife, goldsmith Stacey Lane; their two daughters, Evelyn and Lillian; their dog Jack, and lots of chickens. To learn more about Michael Kline, visit


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