M.A. Multidisciplinary Design, Ceramics, University of Ulster, N Ireland
Postgraduate Certificate in Education, Art and Design, University of Ulster, N Ireland
B.A. Hons Fine Craft Design, Ceramics, University of Ulster, N Ireland
Prof. Rice joined AUD in the Fall of 2014. As an Educator, he has taught in universities, schools, colleges, and art centers worldwide and as an Artist he has undertaken artist residencies in the UK, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, and Dubai. He specializes in ceramics and is particularly interested in firing procedures such as Raku, smoke, and Saggar firing; his work is also concerned with surface, gestalt principals, and form.
He says, “the spiral is ubiquitous for human beings. Astronomers see its structure in celestial bodies; scientists see it in the infinitesimal DNA helix. I think of it as a symbol and signature of the infinite. In my work I’m attempting to create surfaces and textures that have a timeless quality, something that is difficult to date to a specific culture or place. This complemented with the form of the pieces creates a synthesis which I feel gives them an archetypal presence.”
Michael has been a recipient of the Arts Council of N. Ireland Individual Artist Award in 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2009; his work is featured on the International ceramics website www.studiopottery.co.uk, and he publishes regular articles in the international magazine of Art and Craft ‘Ceramic Review’, several of which are now in the annals of the British Library.
When not teaching, Michael enjoys creating new works to exhibit.