Thrown functional forms with handpainted curvilinear botanical motifs as well as stamped and porcelain inlaid designs.
Michael Kline makes utilitarian ceramics with botanical-themed painted and stamped surfaces. For most of his career, Kline has worked with wood-fired salt-glazed stoneware, usually with organic patterns painted on a thick white slip surface, glass 'runs', and an alkaline ash glaze.
In 2015 he visited the Freer-Sackler Wing of the Smithsonian and was struck by 15th century examples of the Korean sangam technique. Since then, he has focused on applying this technique to his own work and aestheic, creating floral stamps and inlaying the impressions with white slip on a dark stoneware base, and firing in a gas kiln. Kline's work is consistently identifiable in its delicate pattern systems contrasted with robust forms and somewhat coarse materials.
Cup photo credit: Tim Barnwell; Other photos by Michael Kline