Michelle McCurdy



  • Teacher of Ceramics
  • Soda and Salt Fired Functional Ceramics
  • Raku and other low fire decorative techniques
  • High Fire Reduction Functional Ware
  • Large Decorative Vessels for the home and office




I have been studying and creating pottery for 36 years. In 1978 I graduated from Humboldt State University in Arcata, California with a B.A. in Art. This is where I first fell in love with throwing pots. We had a great group of students that encouraged each other to learn and grow.I moved down to Claremont, California where I graduated in 1982 with a Masters of Fine Arts in Ceramics. I had the great pleasure to work with some amazing teachers, including Paul Soldner. After I graduated Paul asked me if I wanted to go to the Anderson Ranch in Snowmass Village.  After 3 years at the Ranch, I moved to Aspen and began teaching at Colorado Mountain College. In 1993 my husband and I moved to Parachute and I set up my studio on Morrisania Mesa above Parachute.  I started teaching at Colorado Mountain College in Rifle beginning in 1998. I taught with Steve Chesley until 2005. I began teaching at Colorado Mountain College again, in 2014. Teaching is where I feel most comfortable and I believe this is what I am here to do.  Through teaching I learn to see other perspectives and visions. Selfishly, I use this to modivate my own work.  My students teach me many things! Teaching helps me stretch and push a little harder to find that illusive great pot.In my career I have been blessed to have worked with and known some of the most incredible potters and artists ever known.Running Horse Pottery is still what I call my studio. Although these days I have mules my husband and I ride.  The drawings on my Running Horse Pottery are indicative of the mountains and land where I live now.  I use the sgraffito method of etching into underglaze on these pots.  All of the drawings are individually drawn before the pots are fired.I also love to build larger pots . These are usually fired in the Salt Kiln or Raku Kiln.  These are one of a kind decorative pots which are always changing and evolving.I believe the functional pots are really the most difficult to create. It is important to me people use my pottery.  This holds a lot of responsibility.  Each piece must be the best I can create and still be comfortable and useful.  I hope my work makes people feel a little special in their normal days. They hold in their hand a piece of pottery created by hand on a potter’s wheel which has been through a huge metamorphosis in the hands of the potter and the kiln.Thank you for taking the time to look at my pots. I hope you like them!


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