Michael Hirsh
Ceramic Artist

Newsletter: June 20 – July 3, 2018

Can you tell us a little bit about what you do?
I am a professional ceramic artist living and working in Burbank. In my home studio I create one of a kind pieces from clay. Most of my work involves shapes, textures, and bright colors reminiscent of the mid-century modern era. All my pieces are thrown on the wheel then hand carved. After firing I glaze my work by hand as well. You can find me selling my work at numerous art festivals in California and Colorado. When I’m not creating my work, I will be found teaching ceramics at the Betsy Lueke Creative Arts Center in Burbank.

How did you first become interested in ceramics?
My first introduction into clay came to me in middle school. I took my first class and was hooked! As a child I enjoyed building models and doing arts and crafts at school, so playing in clay was natural for me. Since clay was more fun than math or history I attended two different art schools, where I received my BFA and MFA in ceramics.

How do you think art can enrich a community, and what are some ways people can become engaged with art in Burbank?
I don’t think people realize how much art plays a part in our daily lives. Just about everything we see and do has had an artist’s hand in it. Art in communities helps stimulate conversation and creativity in its citizens, and gives vision for the future. Burbank does a wonderful job with its art programs. Where I teach at Betsy Lueke Creative Arts Center, they offer a wide variety of classes for all ages and all mediums. There is truly something for everyone there. We also have two different art associations that people can join to help them be more involved in the art community here in Burbank.

If you could share with our community one thing about art, what would it be?
Art can invoke memories, create conversation, debates, and stimulate ideas. Letting yourself get involved with a work of art can be very satisfying, whether it’s painting, sculpture, or just a cool hotel sign. Have fun with it!

To find out more about Michael’s work, visit https://www.mjhceramics.com/