pottery & ceramics
Hometown: Allentown, PA
Classic form and design is his specialty, but not without a modern twist! Pottery artist Michael Cho creates beautiful ceramic pieces that take on the look of brushed metals finished with a gloss. We’re glad to have his creative vision as part of the Sugarloaf Family.
Each of Michael’s pieces are individually designed and hand-thrown, guaranteeing that no two are alike. After they are dried, Michael sprays each piece with oxides like cobalt, tin and chromium to produce a background base finish of matte metallic black. He decorates each piece with high-gloss glazes that add color and texture before firing n the kiln at nearly 2300 degrees.
In the kiln, the materials undergo a remarkable transformation. The clay hardens like stone, the oxide finish covers the surface like a thin sheet of metal and the glaze brush strokes take on the appearance of glass.
Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Michael moved to the United States in 1971, where he began to dabble in ceramic arts. By the 1980s, he had his own studio and was well on his way to creating his signature metallic ceramic works.