Michele Bianco

Artist Biography

The starting point for my work is always walking and sketching. I'm inspired by the forms, patterns and textures in the world around me – the mesh of branches on wintry trees, the geometric patterns in eroded rock faces or the intricate structures of pods, leaves and petals.

In the studio I work with a range of stoneware clays and enjoy the way the forms I build are affected by the differences in structure of these clays.  All my pieces are hand built using a range of techniques; pinching, coiling and slab building.  Once the initial form is created, it goes through a series of manipulations until I'm happy with the shape.  The piece is then allowed to dry slowly over several days and during this phase the surface is altered by hand carving into the clay. The form the carving takes is determined by the shape of the vessel.  As the piece gradually dries it is refined by degrees.  
Works are glazed using glazes developed and formulated by me, allowing subtle adjustments to opacity, colour and texture.  The glazes are chosen for their appearance and visual interaction with the clay and are mainly decorative in nature (not food-safe or dishwasher-proof!).  Pieces are fired 2 or 3times up to a temperature of around 1200C.
For me, the process of making is an absorbing and intuitive one.  I hope that the finished pieces also become objects of contemplation and enjoyment for others. 

2014-2015

Diploma in Glass and Ceramics

National Glass Centre, University of Sunderland

2007 -

Printmaking and ceramics courses

West Dean College

2003 -

Sculpture courses

Elizabeth Frink School of Sculpture

1997-1999

MA Conservation of Fine Art

University of Northumbria

 

1994-1995

BTEC Diploma in Art and Design

Leeds College of Art

 

1991-1994

BA (Hons) Architecture

University of Nottingham

 

Selected Exhibitions 

Selected Exhibitions and Shows

2018

Art for Youth North Exhibition, Yorkshire

2018

Watermark Gallery, Harrogate

2017

Zillah Bell Gallery, Yorkshire

2016 -

Bealach Gallery, North West Highlands

2016

Emerging Potters Exhibition, Bils and Rye Gallery,    Yorkshire

 

2016

Art for Youth North Exhibition, Yorkshire