About Obranovich Pottery

My pottery is 100% non-toxic, food safe and completely durable.  All work is fired in a gas kiln to 2400 ºF and is oven, microwave and dishwasher safe.  The glazes are made with ashes from burnt grapevine cuttings from Napa Valley's Hundred Acre Winery, and is used in combination with other non-toxic food safe glazes.

PLEASE NOTE: Due to the high temperature of my stoneware, all pieces are FOR OVEN USE ONLY.  THEY ARE NOT TO BE USED DIRECTLY ON STOVETOP ELEMENTS -- GAS OR ELECTRIC.  Pieces should be placed in a cool oven and brought up to temperature.

My serving pieces retain warmth from the oven due to the heat retention properties of the clay.  Pieces used for serving may also be heated with hot water from the sink or heated in a warm oven prior to placing food in them.  If warm food is placed on a cool ceramic piece, the heat will be drawn out of the food as ceramic ware is a conductor of heat energy.

I have designed dinnerware and cookware for The Hard Rock Cafe, Macy's, One True Vine Winery, and Michael Chiarello's premier Napa-based Bottega restaurant.

I also design and produce hand-thrown sinks, lamp bases and one of a kind art pieces, some in combination with mixed-media basket handles done by my artist wife, Claudia Obranovich.

About Michael Obranovich






Michael Obranovich               Hundred Acre vineyards 

I have been a studio potter since 1973. I have taught pottery at the college and high school levels, and have conducted numerous workshops across the US and Canada.  My work has been exhibited in galleries from New York to Alaska, especially in my home state of Texas (see below for a list). 


1973-Present: Studio Potter
June 1973: M.F.A. University of Dallas, Irving Texas
August 1972: M.A. University of Dallas, Irving Texas
1971: B.S.E. Midwestern State Univ., Wichita Falls, Texas
Holder: Texas State Teachers Certificate

Selected Exhibitions
July 1996: Cedar Creek Gallery National Teapot Show III, Juried, Creedmoor, North Carolina 
September 1995: Invitational Teapot Show, Carlyn Gallery, Dallas, Texas
December 1994: O.C.C.C. Invitational Demarest, New Jersey
September 1992: "Collectors Show", D'Art Visual Center, Dallas, Texas
February 1991: "The Vessel", D'Art Visual Center, Dallas, Texas
June-September 1989: International Gallery, Invitational, San Diego
April 1988: Dallas Clay '88, Southwestern Bell Museum, Dallas, Texas
April 1986: Front Room Gallery, Dallas, Texas
July 1985: The Art of Craft, Denver Art Museum, Denver, Colorado
1979-1988: Invitational, Demarest, New Jersey
October 1983: Adobe Wall, Houston, Texas
May 1983: Wichita Falls Museum and Art Center, Two Person
June 1982: Clay Invitational, The Clay Pot, Brooklyn, New York
April 1980: Crafts Invitational, Galveston Art Museum, Galveston, Texas
September 1978: Annual Craft Exhibition, Dallas Museum of Fine Arts, Dallas, Texas
April 1978: Group Show, Austin College, Sherman, Texas
June 1977: Two Person Show, Front Room Gallery, Dallas, Texas
May 1976: Pottery-Caddo to Contemporary, Star of the Republic Museum, Washington, Texas
February 1976: Texas Designer Craftsman, San Marcos, Texas
December 1974: Invitational Craft Show, Laguna Gloria Museum, Austin, Texas