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Sean Michael spent his early youth in South Florida, 

discovering his creative side at the age of 9 when he began writing short stories. 

It wasn't until moving to Los Angeles in 1991 and starting his academic career as a Comparative Literature major in 2002 that he 

discovered the ability to tell stories through the use of material. Thus switching to a fine arts major. 


Receiving almost immediate 

artistic recognition he was offered a position in the Santa Monica College Art Mentor Program. His time spent in the program translated into a Presidential Merit Scholarship to attend The School of the Art Institute of Chicago where he received his BFA in 2006 


Only a week after completing his Degree from SAIC he was unpacking into his new graduate school studio at Rhode Island School of Design, where he was elected Co-President of the Graduate Student Alliance. In 2008 he received his MFA in ceramics with much time spent in the glass department. 


After graduation a vacation to Honolulu, Hawaii turned into an 8 year life/work changing event. With his trusted studio assistant, Woody Honolulu, his work changed forever. 

After an exhibition at The Honolulu Museum of Art in 2014, and selected for the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts 2015 Biennial, he returned to Southern California and is currently an active studio artist, living and working in Los Angeles...

Detail of Borrowed Time at the Honolulu Museum of Art
Glaze fired and gold lustered basalt rock

"The thought came while harvesting clay deposits in Hawaii - if clay is formed by the erosion of rocks, then why wouldn’t I bypass erosion, simply firing the rocks themselves?”  Sean Michael Gallagher

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