Michael Wainwright first became immersed in clay sculpture at the age of seven. What started as a childhood joy has evolved into a lifelong passion for creating functional works of art. Wainwright’s mastery at combining porcelain, bone china and glass with precious metal is a reflection of his experience as both a sculptor and a jeweler. After studying clay sculpture as an undergraduate, he went on to work as a production jeweler, mastering the use of the precious metals that are now part of his signature style, including 24-karat gold and platinum. He then went on to receive his Master’s in clay sculpture.
Many of Wainwright’s designs evolved out of studies in Italy and travels along the Mediterranean. He developed an affinity for the use of landscape and architecture, and has collections inspired by the Piazza San Marco in Venice, the Palio in Siena, and the Amalfi Coast, among others. His most recent studio editions have been inspired by the domes of the world.
Wainwright created his first collection of tableware in 1991, the same year he founded his company. He initially sold his wares at street fairs and craft markets, but it wasn’t long before he was discovered by high-end retailers. By 1995 Wainwright’s collections were being sold in national and independent luxury goods stores across the country. Today, Michael Wainwright Inc. has evolved from a one-man operation to a well-established presence in the luxury goods marketplace. His designs can be found in such high-end stores as Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales and Saks Fifth Avenue, as well as in fine home stores and boutiques.
Wainwright is the sole designer of every piece in his collections. His porcelain and bone china dinnerware and accessories are all made and hand-painted in the USA, with 24k gold and platinum. His new glassware and metal serving pieces are imported from overseas, though all were designed in porcelain in his Great Barrington, MA studio.