Michael Kieley grew up in Southern California and started building furniture with his father at age 7. Making things has been a lifelong passion. He loved to make art, even when a couple of teachers told him he was a lousy artist. A tipping point in his life was the five years he spent at the experimental architecture school, SCI-arc in the late 70s. The school was a bit wild, highly open to new ideas, and focused on project-based learning — in a sense the Black Mountain College of its day. With the foundation, and degrees in Sculpture and Psychology, MK started to teach as soon as he received his B‑arch degree, initially focused on Bauhaus pedagogy, with rigorous study of form and composition. Later he created and taught a course called Visual Thinking: Art and Innovation at Loyola Marymount University. Making objects was of continual importance, and his portfolio includes more than four hundred pieces of furniture, some focused on functions, others on beauty being the only function. MK now lives in Joshua Tree, CA, and is in start-up mode on a non-profit mentoring program in studio furniture.
- Morongo valley, CA
- Wood, metal, plastics
- Professional Status
- Maker / arts educator & mentor