Instructor Profile

Michael Collins

Penland School of Crafts, Art/Ceramics Major, Georgian

A professional potter and teacher for 38 years, Michael Collins specializes in functional reduction fired stoneware, saltglazed stoneware and raku. His award-winning pottery has been extensively shown internationally through one-man, juried and invitational exhibitions. In 1986 and 2002, his work received international recognition at Salzbrand Keramik, Germany’s juried exhibition of saltglazed pottery.

Michael is on the faculty of the Dundas Valley School of Art and the Cambridge Centre for the Arts. In addition, he shares his enthusiasm, knowledge and expertise by teaching workshops at potters’ guilds and schools.

Michael worked as Robin Hopper’s studio assistant at Hillsdale Pottery while studying at Georgian College, from which he graduated in 1977. He later studied with Tom Turner and Byron Temple at the Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina.

Background, Exhibitions & shows

1977 Penland School of Crafts, North Carolina, USA Saltglaze Specialization.
1975 – 1977 Graduate of Design Art / Ceramic Major, Georgian College, Barrie, Ontario.
1975 – 1977 Studio Assistant for Robin Hopper, Hillsdale Pottery, Hillsdale, Ontario.
1974 – 1975 Apprentice Potter with Vaughn Stewart, Thistlecroft Pottery, St. Thomas, Ontario.

Selected Awards and Recognition

2005-15 Cambridge Center for the Arts, Faculty Exhibitions, Galt, Ontario.
2003-14 DVSA Faculty Exhibitions Dundas, Ontario.
2006 Pyros: Two man Raku Exhibition Cambridge Arts Center, Galt, Ontario.
2004 Kitchener Waterloo Arts Awards Nominee, Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario.
2003 Kitchener Waterloo Arts Awards Nominee, Kitchener-Waterloo, Ontario.
2001 Bernice Adams Cultural Award Nominee, City of Cambridge, Ontario.
1986 Ontario Arts Council Grant, Research German Saltglaze Traditions

Selected Ceramic Exhibitions

2004 Lip to Hand National Juried Exhibition of Drinking Vessels, CCGG, Waterloo, Ontario.
2003 Open Juried Exhibition Cambridge Arts Center, Galt, Ontario.
2002 Salzbrand Keramik 2002, International Saltglaze Juried Exhibition, Koblenz, Germany.
2000 Fireworks, FUSION Bi-annual Juried Exhibition, Ontario College Of Art Gallery, Toronto, Ontario.
1998 Fireworks, FUSION Bi-annual Juried Exhibition, , Sheridan College, Mississauga, Ontario.
1998 Earthborn, Waterloo Potters’ Workshop 30 Year Retrospective Exhibition, CCGG, Waterloo, Ontario.
1996 “Purchase Award“Fair November, University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario.
1994 One-Man Exhibition, Homer Watson Gallery, Kitchener, Ontario
1992 One-Man Exhibition, Rail’s End Gallery, Haliburton, Ontario.
1990 Invitational Teapot Exhibition, Ontario Crafts Council, Guild Shop, Toronto, Ontario.

Permanent Public Collections

Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Waterloo, Ontario.
Burlington Cultural Center, Burlington, Ontario.
University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario.

Michael’s Featured Works

Michael’s Upcoming Courses