Michael Wisner

Michael Wisner (1963, USA) works for nearly 25 years as a ceramic artist, although originally graduated with a BSc in Biology from the University of Maryland. As a protegé of the renowned Mexican ceramic artist Juan Quezada he learned the traditional techniques earlier practiced by the Southwest Natives and Mexicans.

After having made painted ceramic vessels for a number of years, he changed to texturing as his main technique. The shapes of his objects are always elegant but simple, complementing the intense patterning made through an incising process completely done by hand.

The patterns evolve as they move along the surface of the objects, the negative and positive spaces yield multiple levels of design that change, depending on the viewer’s perspective. Although rooted in centuries old techniques, his art objects are still very new and fresh and contemporary.

The work of Michael Wisner is part of many private and public collections including the Smithsonian Museum in Washington DC.