Family owned and family centered, Mike, his wife Cheryl and their beautiful daughter Ava, make a living by creating authentic pottery. Mike began his ceramic journey in 1995, when he was studying Audio Engineering at Full Sail University. The talented Del and Barbra Seaman, owners of Artistic Hand in Oviedo, FL, gave him a well-rounded start and taught him the beginning steps of making art a lifestyle. Soon after, in 1998, Mike began his search for personal style under the wing of Richard and Alice Collinson at Palms Up Pottery. After 8 years, Mike and his Family moved into the beautiful Gatlinburg, TN. Within the next years of his career, Mike refined his artistic technique as well as learned the art of historical southern pottery with Robert and Connie Alewine, at Alewine Pottery. Mike tells his story through his pottery using slip trailing. Making small intentional gestures that allow him to express himself on just about every piece. This signature mark reminds him always of his family and what he has worked so hard to attain. Mike also mixes his own glazes that prove to reflect the beauty of the natural surrounding world. One of his favorite things about creating pottery is knowing that in some capacity the pots enrich a person’s life, making that beverage a little more exciting, or a natural flower arrangement even more beautiful. He adds elements of the world around, including elements of himself and passed mentors. Knowing that there is more to clay works than just making a pot. Fowler’s Clay works focuses on bringing out the best of the Great Smokies in color, heritage and design. There is nothing more special than being able to take home a memory that will last a lifetime.