“The stone is as important as the metal.”
Michael is an internationally recognized lapidary artist and master of bezel setting who has worked in the field full time for more than two decades.
He is based in Pueblo and Salida, Colorado and is a co-owner of Cultureclash Gallery in downtown Salida. His work has been featured in Ornament, Metalsmith, Lapidary Journal and Lark Books. His work is in the collections of the Museum of Art and Design and numerous private collectors.
Using stone as his primary medium, Michael integrates metal into rock and enjoys finding creative ways to make this concept work in materials that range from simple river rock to gemstones combined with precious metals.
The stone is as important as the metal. I am looking for an integration of the media, a manipulation and blending of the two: Using stone as a medium, not as an accessory.
My jewelry is a compilation of standard materials and processes aimed at a progressive and innovative use of unusual, rare, and traditional materials.
In the collecting and choosing of stones, I am a colorist, and while cutting the stones, I define the form and structure. Using stone as a medium my goal is to blend and integrate these materials with the metal.