Mishy throwing at First Fridays
Desert Dragon Pottery


artist information

Mishy long time ago

Michelle Katz is a dedicated artist, well known in the Arizona clay community for her teaching and her unique clay learning center, Desert Dragon All the Hands. Michelle has worked with clay and been involved with clay art for over 35 years and enjoys introducing and teaching all students to the world of creating pottery and art from clay.

She has a degree in fine arts and has worked with students of all ages.

Mishy operates her professional studio located on her rural acreage in North Phoenix in partnership with Kim Moody also from north Phoenix.

Mishy's resume

Artist Statement - 2014
"From the first time I worked extensively with clay, I felt a connection to it, and a passion for it that has never waned."

The above was the opening to my artist statement in 2000 and is still true. Added to that now are a more than a few years of teaching and making and helping other clay enthusiasts pursue their clay dreams.

Clay is a medium offering a unique combination of inspiration and challenge and has a mysterious capacity to induce a passion upon its partisans, capturing our souls for a lifetime. We happily surrender ourselves to the ever-intriguing and humbling fascination. I have worked with clay for over 35 years, creating beautiful and functional pottery, tile and sculpture. The imagery, textures and colors that weave throughout all my work reflect my love for nature, animals and the earth.

I have been fortunate and intent enough in my life to weave my avocation into vocation, by taking on different avenues that involve the challenges and rewards of working with clay in art and design. Teaching in my studio, and others is an ever-satisfying way to live my art and help draw that creative spirit out of unsuspecting students. Desert Dragon All the Hands Pottery Studio is a unique clay-learning center where many working artists are able to make use of varied firing techniques including cone ten reduction, raku, naku (naked raku), horsehair, salt, primitive firing and saggar to finish their artwork.

The combination of teaching, designing for others, and pursuing my own ideas has been a great cross-stimulation for ongoing impetus and inspiration. I hope to continue doing what I do until I pass from this plane!

~ Mishy


contact information

Email: mishy@desertdragonpottery.com

Desert Dragon Pottery

25037 N 17th Ave Phoenix AZ 85085
(602) 690-6956

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