Mike Roche

Ceramics Program Manager

Mike Roche is a ceramics artist originally from the Greater Boston area of Massachusetts. During his freshman year at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, he took his first course in ceramic hand-building and fell deeply in love with the mediums endless possibilities. Being able to create three dimensional forms and then apply his painterly sensibilities to those forms was an irresistible and welcomed challenge for him. In 2008, Roche moved to Omaha Nebraska to become a studio assistant for the world renowned artists, Jun Kaneko. Over the next four years, Roche worked for Kaneko taking part in every operation necessary to run the expansive and prolific studio. Most notably, he fabricated over forty of Jun’s ceramic sculptures ranging from 2‘ to over 11‘ tall and had the honor and pleasure of designing Kaneko’s newest and largest kiln to date. In 2012, Roche received a full scholarship from the University of Delaware to pursue his graduate degree in ceramics. During his time in Delaware, Roche not only continued to explore the scale of his sculptures but also evolved the complexity of his surface treatments on the forms. He also had the responsibility of teaching several courses and was afforded the opportunity to design his own curriculum. After obtaining his graduate degree, Roche moved back to Massachusetts to reconnect with his roots and become involved with the local clay community that had so greatly influenced and inspired his current journey as a contemporary ceramic artist. Since then, Mike has received a yearlong artist residency at the Feet of Clay studio in Brookline, MA; and was also awarded the 2015-2016 artist residency at Mudflat Pottery School. He currently works out of Spencer Massachusetts, and continues to exhibit his art throughout the U.S.