Something a little new, different - and exciting! - today. I just discovered the work of Mitchell Grafton, and have been admiring it and now decided you should have the chance to applaud his work, too!
I know his style is a little out of my normal comfort zone box! Usually, I'm attracted to work that has been inspired by the past - or even assemblages and collages created with actual vintage pieces.
But, no question, Mr. Grafton's work is contemporary - even futuristic. Though, on several pieces, there appears to be some steampunk inspiration involved! I particularly like that his work is so refined, exacting and detailed - yet with a whimsey and sense of humor. All too often, I feel, amusing and or fantasy style art pieces are not given the care and sense of pride that more serious work strives towards exhibiting.
Mitchell Grafton is a full time ceramic artist making unique sculptural works of art in Panama City, Florida.
At age 19 he started working for Odell Pottery while getting an Architecture degree at Louisiana Tech. Bruce Odell was a three time winner of the Pottery Olympics in Wisconsin and taught Mitchell everything he knew about pottery and life for the next 7 years.
While at Odell Pottery, Mitchell became the head designer of lamp bases that were produced for Hart and Associates, an interior design manufacturing company.
After graduation Mitchell moved to Panama City, FL where he and a business partner started Round Tree Pottery. Mitchell designed, managed and handled the finances for Round Tree for the next 9 years. At its peak, Round Tree sold wholesale pottery to over 400 art galleries and gift shops around the country and owned a retail art gallery in Seaside, FL.
In 2009 Mitchell started his own art-pottery company, Grafton Pottery, in Panama City
...and now, let's see more of his delightful pieces!
...now go make something beautiful!
(¸.•´♥ Tristan ♥