Michael Bolen

A ceramic artist for over 40 years, I gained my formal education in ceramics while an art major at Bakersfield College under the direction of Vic Bracke, Dalene Ostercamp and Clayton Rippy.

I am inspired by such artists as Paul Soldner, Warren MacKenzie, and Robert Piepenburg.  My focus is shifting from functional high fired vessels to contemporary ceramic forms making use of primitive designs and firing methods such as Raku and pit firing.

I have shown my work in numerous solo shows as well as group and gallery exhibitions from Seattle to Southern California to Arizona.  I must say that participation in the Made In Clarkdale Artist Showcase has become my favorite event.

I am currently producing work at Reitz Ranch Center for Ceramic Arts and my own home studio in Clarkdale AZ.