Michael Buckley began working with clay at high school in Davenport, Iowa. Thanks to this experience, he decided to enter into a year-long pottery apprenticeship, before starting his undergraduate studies at the Kansas City Art Institute, and studying film at Columbia College, Chicago.
Having lived in France for 15 years, he returns to his initial practice of working with clay.
Michael is fascinated by the history of ceramics, and the reactions that occur between his glazes and the clay. He digs for wild clays and experiments with many kinds of firings in electric and gas kilns, in order to bring out at random the natural colors and textures of the material.
His work distinguishes itself by its pure, pared-down forms, and a continuing search for surfaces and textures.