Michael Stanley is a second generation artisan, growing up watching his father work at his pottery wheel and his mother at her loom. Michael spent a few years working as a cook, before starting an apprenticeship under his parents in 1999.
Over a five year period, Michael learned both technical skills and the management of a studio gallery. He also spent time developing his own voice as an artisan – one that expresses love for the rhythm of nature and small wonders that inhabit the natural world. Though most of his work is production pottery, Michael has had a number of one-of-a-kind pieces featured in exhibitions and group shows.
Michael is an active member of the arts community in PEI. Aside from pottery, he plays several musical instruments, writes songs and has been the bassist in a number of local bands. Michael has served as a member of the PEI Council of the Arts Board of Directors, and is currently a Board Member of the Westmorland River Watershed Group, and the Victoria Playhouse Theatre. He believes strongly that a vibrant arts community is important to the fabric of a culture, binding folks together and allowing greater cooperation and strength in a community.
An Islander by birth and by choice, Michael is inspired by the vibrant colours and gentle landscape of Prince Edward Island. He feels a connection to the land and loves to spend as much time as he can outdoors whether it be breaking a ski trail through the woods, beachcombing on the north shore, or canoeing down a lazy river.
Michael is married to Michelle MacCallum, an artist and currently the Director of Culture and Creative Industries for the Government of Prince Edward Island. They live, happy and content, in Victoria by the Sea, PEI with their two children, Naomi and Emmeline.