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What do Cobalt, Chromium and Tin have in common? That would be the Artistry of Michael Cho! Although their presence as elements comes to mind, his use of these basic elements in his artistic process is truly unique and beautiful. How did Michael start this journey?

Michael Cho immigrated to the United States in 1971 from Seoul, South Korea. He was a business major in college. During his college experience, he elected to take several art and ceramics courses

After graduating in the early ‘80s, he started his own studio. He began by experimenting with abstract shapes. He ended up returning to traditional and classic forms because he felt that it was true to who he was as an artist.

He also experimented with a variety of glazes. He found that the contrast between a glossy glaze against a matte finish complemented his vision. Michael throws his pieces without trimming to avoid shape distortions and limitations.

Michael has been throwing pottery for 30+ years. He continues to enjoy traveling around the country to exhibit his artwork and teach his classes at The Banana Factory.

Michael Cho=Cho Ceramics


My pieces are individually designed and hand-thrown. No two pieces are exactly alike.

Metallic Marvels

Each piece is allowed to dry completely after it's creation, before being sprayed with oxides which produce their background finish of matte metallic black.


Ornamental brush strokes are applied with high-gloss glazes as the last step before firing. Each piece is fired in a kiln at temperatures approaching 2300 degrees.


The materials used in each piece transform in this firing process; the clay becomes stone-like, it's oxide finish acts as a thin shell of metal, coating the piece. The brush-strokes decorating it's surface acquire the properties of glass.

Loving Care

Care for your piece by washing it with dish soap and water; scrub it's surface with any soft to medium bristled brush. Allow it to air dry.

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