I have been a photographer, a cook, a fisherman, a wanderer and a wonderer. I have traveled the country by car, train, motorcycle and bicycle living in many states along the way.  As a child growing up in an Italian American household, I was constantly surrounded by and fascinated by food.  During that time if I was not in the kitchen, I could be found drawing or creating something. After graduating college with a BFA in photography, I then worked in the restaurant industry for the following ten years.  As I moved from state to state I also moved from waiter to bartender to sommelier to cook and finally pastry chef.  My interest in wine led me to work harvest at Chehalem Winery in 2007 where I promptly fell in love with the Willamette Valley and Portland.  After a few more years of travel and adventure, I chose to return to Portland to attend the Oregon College of Art and Craft where I earned my Post Baccalaureate Certificate. In ceramics I have found a medium where all my worlds converge. It is my aim to create soulful and functional wares that feel great to use while being beautiful to look at.

Michael Newsome lives on an Art Farm in Portland, Oregon

with his metalsmithing wife Amanda Linn, their three dogs and two goats.