Michael Potter is a Mapua (Nelson) based ceramicist who produces sculptural work in clay. Much of his work focuses on the utilitarian object which he depicts with crafted realism.
Potter's series titled Paparazzi explores the form of vintage cameras. Paparazzi was inspired by his collection of vintage film cameras and a previous career as a newspaper photographer. Potter creates beautifully formed individual cameras as well as installations with many cameras clustered together. These pieces are technically challenging to produce and have an elegance with classic muted coloured glazes.
Michael Potter gained a Diploma in Ceramic Arts from the Dunedin School of Art, Otago Polytechnic. Potter has recieved awards and acclaim for his work, including being awarded the 'Best in Show' for outstanding graduates in applied arts and design at Objectspace, a finalist in the Portage Ceramic Award and the WaiClay awards. He also received the top award at Waiheke Community Gallery for sculpture.
Potter enjoys living and working in the Tasman region, finding inspiration in the natural beauty of the area and the great network of supportive potters and artists. Michael Potter is a member of the Nelson Potters Association, New Zealand Potters and Nelson Suter Art Society
Michael Potter produces sculptural work in clay exploring the utilitarian object.