Steel has quality and a historical presence Michael is drawn to. He feels a strong bond with those people who first fused iron with carbon using heat, sweat, and tenacity. Michael’s deeply interested in proto (prehistoric)-art, the history of steel making and the role of metalworking in ancient cultures. He finds beauty in the simplicity and eternal quality of superior functional design, meticulous craftsmanship, and designs influenced by mathematical principles and ratios.
Michael is a dedicated artist based in Sharpsburg, Georgia. His interest in metals began in the US Navy’s Nuclear Propulsion School and grew as he worked in engineering fields for Ford Motor Co. and Gulfstream Aerospace. While in Michigan, he earned degrees in both Engineering (BSIM) and Education (MAEd). ‘Not exactly a background one would expect an artist to have, but his fascination with the transient qualities of steel only intensified until he started his first metal studio in Savannah, GA in 2001.
While there, Michael became heavily involved with Savannah’s architectural ironwork restoration efforts in their historic district. He also began creating ornate headboard and furniture designs which led to his being featured on an episode of HGTV’s ‘Modern Masters’ program in 2006 as well as the subject of print articles in Savannah Magazine and Southern Handmade.
Michael was born in Roseville, California and raised in a military family. He’s lived in many US states as well as Izmir, Turkey, and Rotterdam, Netherlands. Michaels other ‘interesting’ experiences include being the Captain (USCG Master, 100 ton) of his own 40 foot sloop, a truck driver, a lumber-yard laborer, a scuba instructor (PADI MSDT#193160) and a fishing boat deckhand. He lives in a space of his own design and construction on the second story of a horse barn which is located on a fifty acre horse ranch, along with his studio, near Sharpsburg, Georgia.
Michael is also the founder and current Director of Artisan Heritage Guild, a local coalition of accomplished artisans dedicated to teaching others and starting a school of traditional art.
During the studio tour
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Michael is able to accept cash and credit cards only.
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Michael hosts Blacksmithing workshops that are 12-hours in length (2 sessions, 6 hours each, not including homework). The workshop is limited to two participants, $225 per. Each participants is to complete two projects. Workshop time/date is scheduled subject to requests received.
Topics covered during the workshop include:
before and After the tour
To view the studio and purchase art please call for an appointment. 678.876.1654
272 Lowell Drive
Sharpsburg GA 30277
From the intersection of GA-16 and GA-54: Head south on GA-54. After 0.6 miles, turn RIGHT onto Neely Rd. After 1.5 miles, there will be a STOP sign at Clearwater Drive. Go STRAIGHT. After .5 miles, turn RIGHT onto Lowell Rd. (There will be a SHAST sign with an arrow pointing down Lowell Drive.) After .5 miles, the road will become a gravel driveway, which SPLITS. Stay RIGHT. (Please proceed carefully as there are tractors, ducks, geese, golf carts and horses about.) On your left side will be a pond. Proceed straight down the driveway. Signs will lead you to a parking area.
From Exit 41 on I85: From the ramp, head towards Newnan and away from Moreland on US29. After 0.7 miles...Turn RIGHT onto GA-16 E. After 5.3 miles... You'll pass a Harley Davidson dealership on your right. Turn RIGHT at the traffic light onto Tope Rd. There's a Fraziers Gas Station on the left. After 0.2 miles... There's a STOP sign. Go STRAIGHT. After 0.7 miles turn LEFT onto McDonald Rd. After 0.3 miles... Turn LEFT onto Lowell Rd/Dr. (There will be a SHAST sign with an arrow pointing down Lowell Drive.) After .5 miles, the road will become a gravel driveway, which SPLITS. Stay RIGHT. (Please proceed carefully as there are tractors, ducks, geese, golf carts and horses about.) On your left side will be a pond. Proceed STRAIGHT down the driveway. Signs will lead you to a parking area.