About Michael Wainwright
Designer and Founder of Michael Wainwright USA
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 clay, glass, wood or stainless steel, 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, his love of nature, his appreciation of fine art. Because he comes from the Studio ceramic art world, he creates wabi-sabi (the art of imperfection) handmade details in every piece. Inspirations of late, include the Japanese technique of Kintsugi, (Mezza Collection) and artists such as Gustav Klimt, (Vienna Collection) among others.
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 luxe stores as Neiman Marcus, Bloomingdales , as well as smaller fine home stores and boutiques.
Wainwright is the sole designer of every piece in his collections. Regardless of material, almost all his work is finished with 24k gold or platinum, and all designed in his Great Barrington, MA studio.