Michael Boroniec (b. 1983) is an American sculptor who resides and works in Berkshire County, Massachusetts for its culturally rich history, natural surroundings, and family. Boroniec received a BFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2006 with a concentration in ceramic material. His work focuses on ceramic as a dialog between the historical and contemporary implications of clay as a fine art material. Though Michael’s primary material is clay, he has also found success in painting and print making.
What began with teapots and a single spiral, has evolved into a series of vases that vary in form, degree of expansion, and number of coils. Each vessel is wheel thrown then deconstructed. This process reveals aspects of the vase that most rarely encounter. Within the walls, maker’s marks become evident and contribute to the texture. The resultant ribbon effect, reminiscent of a wheel trimming, lends fragility, elegance, and motion to a medium generally perceived as hard and heavy. This emphasizes a resistance of gravity, allowing negative space to unravel and become part of the form. The result is a body of sculptural objects, resembling and born of functional vessels.
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Rhode Island School of Design (RISD)
BFA, Ceramic 06’
Mary Child Gallery (Aug. 2013) Solo
The Expressionist Vessel
Ferrin Gallery – group and solo
- Covet; Art + Object (2013)
- Crude Awakening (May 2010) solo
- ReObjectification; Art and Object.(2010)
- The Things They Left Behind. (2010) solo
- TEAPOT; Interpretations (July 2009)
- $mall Works, (Dec. 2008)
- Studio Pottery Invitational (Nov. 2008)
- Fresh:(June, 2008)
Perfect Fit; Shoes Tell Stories (April 30, 2009 – Sept 12, 2012)
- Albany Institute of History and Art.
- Nicolyasen Museum of Art and Discovery
- Fuller Craft Museum
- Curator, Wendy Tarlow Kaplan
- Lecture: Michael Boroniec / Sergei Isupov (Dec. 3 2010)
RISD New England Alumni Biennial 2009
Arsenal Center; Watertown, Ma.
Curator, Dina Deitsch, Curator at DeCordova Museum
Pittsfield Contemporary (June, 2008)
Lichtenstein Art Center
RISD ROUTES Biennial (Jan. 20.07)
Fuller Craft Museum. Brockton, Ma.
Curator, David McFadden, Museum of Art and Design, NYC.
Woods – Gerry Gallery (August 2006) Providence, RI.
Rhode Island School of Design Triennial (February 2005) Providence, RI.
Kamm Teapot Foundation