Michael Lalone has been working in clay for over 20 years. He started by taking a teacher recertification class and hasn’t stopped yet!
Returning to Dr. Phillips High in Orlando, he proceeded to build one of the nation’s top ceramic programs. With a lot of help from potter friends, students, and the community, he built wood and salt kilns, a raku area and the traditional electric firing that is the mainstay of the high school program.
Mike would go on to spend 15 years as the resident potter of the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasston, NC where he worked hard to build up the program and bring in top talent.
His strength is in the love of teaching and sharing what others have so freely given to him. Clay folks are among the most giving, genuine people he has met and for this reason he was immediately drawn to that type of personality. Being a teacher at the Boys & Girls Clubs at the age of fourteen, teaching at the public-school level for 31 years has allowed Mike to fulfill his dream of being a person who gives back to others.
Mike is currently an adjunct professor at Young Harris College in Young Harris, Georgia.