A Study Stand for Carl Jung’s “Red Book”

by Michael on November 7, 2012

Study Stand

Designing and creating something of such deep spiritual significance, but with as much usefulness as this study stand, was an undertaking very dear to my heart. Immediately upon seeing the client’s copy of Carl Jung’s Red Book, I knew it needed a ceremonial yet practical home upon which to rest. As a lover of symbolism and ornament, I was overwhelmed in journeying through the book by its richness and beauty and was overjoyed at the opportunity to create a “partner” for it. From the specific height of the stand and angle of the desktop, to the Jungian and personal symbols chosen by the client, this is the most client-specific project I have ever undertaken.  I would do so again, gladly. [click to continue…]

A Trio of Art Deco Tables

by Michael on November 7, 2012

"Mont Blanc"

“Mont Blanc” (The Ice Table) Zinc inlay with ice birch surround and sides, tiger maple legs.
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Creating “Tea at Sunset”

by Michael on October 24, 2012


I recently came across this image of the setting sun:

(When I first saw it, it had a 747 streaking across Old Sol, but a dear friend was kind enough to obliterate that obstruction.)

I also recently saw a sunset where the sun appeared to be a  flaming orb,  just about to sink beneath the horizon and taking on a slightly squashed look. There was a single, wispy cloud above it that was tinged with what looked like molten gold. I decided to see if I could capture some of the feeling of these various solar images in a tea pot, so that a viewer of  the piece would be put in mind of moving sunsets he or she had seen. [click to continue…]

Why I Make

by Michael on May 29, 2012

It seems to me that a good way to begin my blog is with an explanation of why I do what I do.  [click to continue…]

Gilded Butterflies

by Michael on July 27, 2007

You can read the full article I wrote for The Gilder’s Tip Magazine’s July 2007 issue here.


by Michael on January 27, 2007

I wrote an article entitled Names for The Gilder’s Tip Magazine. You can read the full article here.