Michael Frimkess

Michael Frimkess (b. 1937, Los Angeles, California) is a ceramic artist who lives and works in Venice, California with his wife Magdalena. He attended Otis College of Design where he studied under Peter Voulkos.

Frimkess creates Old World pottery with contemporary imagery in his work. He can create very thin walled pottery—almost paper thin—by throwing pots without adding water, and Magdalena often paints and glazes the work before firing. He also developed a technique for firing stoneware in as little as 55 minutes, instead of many hours. His work is represented in many collections and can be found in the Smithsonian American Art Museum.

Michael Frimkess, Jumpin' at the Moon Lodge, Courtesy of Scripps College





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