Michael Ware was born and raised in Sunbury, PA, and attended school in nearby Lancaster. He received his BS in Art Education from Millersville State University. Michael came to Kentucky to attend Morehead State University and received a Masters in Studio Arts in 1974. Upon graduating, he accepted a teaching opportunity at the Hindman Settlement School in Eastern Kentucky, where he oversaw the operation of the clay studio at the school. In addition, Michael taught art to levels K-12 in both Knott and Letcher counties from 1975-1991. After a year off from public school teaching, he joined the faculty at nearby Alice Lloyd College in 1992, where he now teaches art for the school’s education majors as well as classes in the humanities.
Michael creates his pottery on a potter’s wheel from stoneware clays. He often decorates his forms with images such as dogwood flowers, influenced by the woods near his home.
Mike Ware’s pottery can be found at the Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, Berea, KY.