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Spooner Creek by Michael Macone

Spooner Creek by Michael Macone

 

by Spooner Creek by Michael Macone
Handcrafted in Minnesota

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p>SPOONER CREEK is the artwork of Michael Macone expressed in clay. He has been making pottery for over 30 years and his work is in collections around the world.

Michael grew up in a very creative environment. His mother was an artist and she encouraged his gift at an early age, teaching him to oil paint in 4th grade. He always kept busy with art and sold his first paintings to neighbors and family friends. One year, after several consecutive years of winning the school poster contest, a teacher declared Michael ineligible so others could have a chance to win (Michael was fine with the arrangement, because the school bought one of his oil paintings).

He participated in extensive clay workshops, then attended Layton School of Art in Milwaukee. After only a year though, he decided to leave and began a small clay operation in Minneapolis in a one stall garage. "There was no electricity so I had to stretch an extension cord to plug in a few lights." He first created novel pottery planters shaped like blue jeans and called the work Klay Klothes. The line caught the eye of clothing designer Bill Blass and he has several in his collection. Selling primarily through local art fairs, he grew the business until he noticed other companies were knocking off his work, producing it in China then selling it throughout the country.

Taking a new direction, he designed mirrors and vases, renamed the company Trinity Pottery, and began selling his work at prestigious art fairs throughout the country, winning many awards along the way. Then, married with four school age children, Michael grew tired of traveling and searched for another way to market his work.

"That's when I developed a unique engraving technique that allowed me to etch my designs right into the clay, rather than placing them only on the surface. This gives the work a dimensional quality that can be appreciated with the hand as well as the eye." This process made it possible to produce a line of high quality ceramic art tiles that could be distributed wholesale. The new line was an instant hit and he called the new company Spooner Creek, which now offers a distinctive assortment of etched ceramic tiles. "We are zealous about keeping the line fresh and relevant. Our current accounts are proof that the line sells well since most of them have been repeat customers for years and years" In 2002 Michael introduced "The Potter's Shed" line of earthy clay artwork that he sells at art festivals and to galleries and shops across the country. His two sons, Miles and Clayton work with him in their Northern Wisconsin studio.

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