Michael Richard Weinberg was born in 1953 and raised as one of seven children in a fun loving California family. He graduated from the University of California, Irvine, where he studied under both John Mason and Joe Soldate. He then spent two years working as a production potter which gave him a technical skill that can only be perfected through long hours of concentrated throwing. With this experience and a formal education, Michael left Southern California in 1976 to begin his career as a private studio artist in Northern Arizona.
From 1984 until 1998, Michael enjoyed the absolute privilege of raising his son and working out of an adobe home and studio he designed and built in Page Springs, Arizona; a pastoral community outside of Sedona.
In 2002, he and his wife, Diane, designed and built a dream studio across from their home. Living and working in a high desert setting, surrounded by the overwhelming beauty of Northern Arizona, provides Michael and Diane a wonderful atmosphere to create their one of a kind ceramics.
Michael’s primary focus has always been on the contemporary decorative cases created by combinations of thrown forms and unique exotic finishes. By constantly exploring new ways of bringing color, design and texture to a finished case; much of Michael’s work has a mixed media aspect-mixing traditional glazed serfaces with hand blown glass, gold and copper metal finished, antler and stone embellishments.
Over the past 30 years Michael has remained focused on his career as a ceramic artist. Through dedication, his work has won numerous awards and he has gained representation in many select fine art galleries nationwide.