Michael Hamlin is a multiple award winning and internationally published ceramic artist  whose work focuses on vases and bowls.

Michael attended the Columbus College of Art and Design, and received a Bachelor's degree in Fine Art with a major in Ceramics and Glaze Chemistry. Michael's work has been featured in international publications and exhibitions.

For more information on Michael's work, or to just say hello, feel free to get in touch.

Statement of Intent

I create vessels by handbuilding and/or throwing on the potter’s wheel. The vessels are made with a high iron bearing clay body.  Multiple colored crater or matt glazes are applied.   The pieces are fired in an electric kiln to 1195 Celsius with a combination slow and rapid cooling.  Many crater glazed pieces are fired multiple times to obtain an appealing movement of the glaze resulting in a surface that is full of movement.

I combine my passion for gardening with my passion for ceramics and design forms that will compliment the various types of flowers and plants that I grow and propagate. The garden is one source of inspiration when designing vessels!  Other sources include Scandinavian design, Mid-Century design, Ikebana arrangements, and 12-15th century Persian and East Asian ceramic forms.

I want the work I create to be soothing to the soul and contribute peace and serenity to an interior environment.


Curriculum Vitae


2011                                       Penland School of Crafts- Eight Week Intensive Concentration Course in Ceramics

2009                                       Penland School of Crafts- Make Good Work and Get It Out There, Ayumi Horie

1996                                       Bachelor of Fine Arts-Columbus College of Art and Design

Professional experience in addition to maintaining a full-time studio:


2008– 2010                         Pottery courses teaching adults and children, Levine Community Center, Charlotte, NC

2004– 2005                         Summer pottery courses - Mudflat Studio, Sommerville, MA

2002                                       Glaze development class, Tierra Hermosa Pottery, Taos, NM

Project Management

2004– 2009                         Project manager for member services, Association on Higher Education and

                                                Disability.  Huntersville, NC

Recent Award

2018                                       Best of Show-Art in Autumn, Weaverville

2018                                       Honorable Mention-4 Bridges Arts Festival

2018                                       Honorable Mention-Blowing Rock Art in the Park 

2017                                        Award of Distinction-Winter Park Sidewalk Arts Festival

2017                                        1st place Award of Excellence-Blowing Rock Art in the Park                          

2017                                        2nd Place Artist of Distinction-Blowing Rock Art in the Park

2016                                        Merit Award-Artsplosure

2016                                        Honorable Mention- Blowing Rock Art in the Park            

2015                                       3rd Place Award-Art in Autumn, Weaverville

2015                                       1st Place Award-Upper Arlington Labor Day Art Festival

2015                                       3rd Place Award-Bakersville Creekwalk

2015                                       3rd Place Award-Art in Autumn-Weaverville

2014                                       Award of Excellence in Ceramics-Winterfair

2014                                       Best of Show-Bakersville Creekwalk

2010                                       Regional Project Grant,  Arts and Science Council, Charlotte, NC

1998                                       3rd Place Award- Crosby Festival of the Arts

1996                                        Award of Excellence in Pottery- Zane Square Arts & Crafts Festival


                                                 Pottery Making Illustrated-Feature article Nov/Dec 2015

                                                500 Bowls-Lark Books

                                                Ceramics Monthly-Emerging Artists

                                                TheBest of 500 Ceramics:Celebrating a Decade in Clay-Lark Books

                                                Contributor of glaze making articles-Pottery Making Illustrated



2018                                       Made of Clay- Lakeland Community College

2018                                       Happy Accidents-Piedmont Craftsmen 

2018                                       Featured Artist-Woolworth Walk

2017                                       Small Favors: Think Inside the Box, The Clay Studio

2016                                       Potter’s Council Calendar

2015                                       Potter’s Council Calendar-Vases and Flowers

2015                                      Transendence-The Gallery, County Arts Council, Concord, NC

2014                                      Zanesville Prize for Contemporary Ceramics

2014                                       Potter’s Council Calendar

2013                                       The Edge-The Gallery, County Arts Council, Concord, NC

2013                                       May Flowers-North Carolina Natural Science Museum

2012                                       Via Penland-Rebus Works, Raleigh, NC

2012                                       Garden Party-The Gallery, Cabarrus County Arts Council, Concord, NC

2012                                       DelecTABLE-Art Students League, Denver, CO

2011                                       Solo Exhibition-Cornelius Arts Center

2011                                       “Making Arrangements” –The Gallery, Cabarrus County Arts Council ,Concord, NC

2002                                       “For TheTable”- Santa Fe Clay, Santa Fe, NM

2001                                       New Mexico Potters Exhibition, Albuquerque, NM

1999                                       “Functional Pot”- Wooster, OH

1999                                       Mary and Rev. Alfred Shands Gallery

1999                                       “Bourbon Bottles”-Berea, KY

1999                                       CeramicsMonthly International Ceramic Competition

I participate in numerous art festivals each year as retail outlets for my work.  A sampling of recent art festivals include:

                                                 Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show

                                                 Smithsonian Craft Show

                                                 St. Louis Arts Festival

                                                 Lakefront Festival of the Arts-Milwaukee, WI

                                                 Ann Arbor Street Art Fair

                                                 Artisphere-Greenville, SC

                                                Cherry Creek Arts Festival – Denver, CO.

                                                Craft New York-New York, NY

                                                Artclectic-Nashville, TN

                                                American Craft Council - San Francisco, CA

                                                American Craft Council-Atlanta

                                                American Craft Council-Baltimore

                                                American Craft Council-St. Paul