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    Fired Clay    by Mike Hiler

 

I have attended a number of art schools, including the University of Missouri, Kansas City Art institute, San Miguel Allende (U of GTO, Mexico) and received my art degree from San Francisco State University. I presently focus on ceramics but I also combine clay forms with wood and other sculptural materials.

After art school I worked as a Fire lookout and Wilderness ranger in the Washington Cascades.  Hiking the Pacific Crest Trail and camping in Wilderness I encountered many interesting “old timers” and visited memorable back country. From that experience I published a historical tribute to those people and places titled “Buckskin Larch and Bedrock” (Cave Moon press).

Mike's Calendar - 2017

Starting June 8, 2017 Larson Gallery Guild Member's show will include a very unique Olla of mine.
Saturday, June 10, 2017 June Art Fest
Always fun and a great day to bring the family to Chalet Place Mall, 56th & Summitview for this outdoor festival. Stop by and say "Hi."
Ongoing Sales & Displays

Visit Oak Hollow Gallery & Larson Gallery, both in Yakima. Items change often and I'd love to hear your comments - Contact me.

For more information or to see my art in person, Contact Me today!

 Mike Hiler, Fired Clay, Cups & Bowls, & Teapots, too Fired Clay by Mike Hiler, Jars and Ollas Mike Hiler, Fired Clay, Sculptures Mike Hiler - Connected to his Art through the forests.

Cups & Bowls

Jars & Ollas

Sculpture Approaches  Connected to Art

My cups and tableware are approached primarily as sculpture.
I strive to create forms that can be functional and establish a personal and tactile connection with users.
My artistic point of departure is to respond organically to ceramic materials, tradition, and processes to capture the spirit of fired clay.

I studied native clays and forms while in Mexico.  There, students threw on hand built kick wheels and processed local clays to learn about native crafts.

  Today I enjoy working with earthenware, terra cotta, and native clays to explore earthenware fired jars and containers. 

My portraits are inspired by people I know, historical figures I respect, and personalities I’ve encountered. 
I believe that capturing the essence of a unique character is like capturing the concept of a useful cup or bowl; the point of departure for each is unique and success is gauged by an intangible response to clay.

I have many interests that take me outside my studio and connect me to new, novel, and personally meaningful forms and materials.  

It is hard to talk about my art without addressing these pursuits though they may reside outside the Yakima Art Community.  

  

 

  ~ Links &  More Info  ~  

My Online Blog

Oak Hollow Gallery & Gifts

Cowiche Canyon Conservatory
 

Cave Moon Press 

Mata Ortez

 Antique Mexican pottery
(Ebay®)

Larson Gallery

Yakima Valley Museum

YVCC Art Department & Clay club
(Face book®)

June Art Fest

Buckskin, Larch and Bedrock 
(Amazon.com)

National Park System
Wilderness areas

  

 

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