Mike Helke

Featured Ceramic Artist

10 Questions for Mike Helke

10 Questions for Mike Helke

What was the impetus for becoming a ceramic artist?

My mom is a potter so pottery and the lifestyle that comes with making has always been a significant part of my life. What has sustained my interest in pottery though is my belief and interest in a collaboration between the history of utilitarian objects, visual arts, self-expression, technology and the way pots can develop meaning for and with us though use and contemplation-over time and within our daily life and personal spaces.

What inspires your forms and surfaces?

Historical pottery, visual arts, music, risk, and fear.

Who are your favorite artists?

I am not sure that I have a favorite artist but I am always excited by the ceramics works off Betty Woodman and Pablo Picasso.

How did your current aesthetic style come to be?

It is part of an evolution that continues to shift or adapt with changes in my life and personal interests and beliefs.

What is your favorite form to make?

All of them.

What advice do you have for aspiring artists?

If you are not having fun you are going the wrong direction.

Do you have other creative outlets/practices?

Spending time with family, being outside, walking, cross country skiing, gardening, my dog Rancho.

If you weren’t an artist, what would your dream job be?

An Artist.

Any favorite meal/food?


What has been your most memorable trip/vacation/residency?

Traveling with the Artstream Nomadic Gallery!

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