Michael Good, whose name is synonymous with anticlastic raising, has developed and expanded the definition of jewelry and metalsmithing to sculptural forms that are a natural extension of the human form.
"Tucked away in beautiful and secluded pockets of the vast American landscape are goldsmiths whose work rivals the best the world has known. Pre-eminent among them is Michael Good, a goldsmith whose use of what he calls the anticlastic process has forced the commercial jewelry world to expand its definitons and ideas about how American jewelry should look and how it can be made." —Ettagale Blauer
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania of Belgian parents, Michael Good spent his youth in both the US and Europe. In the late 50s he moved to NYC where he worked as a social activist. It was in NYC that he started working with a sculptor who taught him some very rudimentary metalsmithing skills.
In 1969, Michael and his wife, Karen, moved with their son "back to nature " to a miniscule town in northeast, Maine. They spent several years logging, clamming, and any other odd jobs possible to make a living, while at the same time, Michael continued to work on jewelry.
In 1977, he took a workshop with Heikki Seppa, a Finnish metalsmith who showing him the beginning techniques of putting a compound curve into a sheet of metal (like a saddle form). Michael was fascinated with the process, and figured out how to continue forming the curve into a tube. From 1981-1986, he won several prestigious awards, including Intergold, Diamonds Today, and Diamonds International. This laid the foundation for a long career designing jewelry and sculpture using the now well-known technique of Anticlastic Raising.
Michael has been a member of many organizations, including the AJDC (American Jewelry Design Council), Gruppe ASPECTS, SNAG (Society of North American Goldsmiths), MJSA (Manufacturing Jewelers and Silversmiths of America), MCA (Maine Crafts Association) and more.
He has taught workshops at many professional institutions, schools, and universities around the world and continues still to teach 6-8 workshops each year. (See the WORKSHOPS section for details)
Michael has shown his work in both jewelry stores and galleries since the early 1980s. Over the past several years, he has concentrated his efforts on a more limited number of elite stores, as well as his own gallery now located in Rockport, Maine.
Michael Good is currently a member of the following associations:
- American Jewelry Design Council
- Gruppe Aspects
- Society of North American Goldsmiths
- Manufacturing Jewelers and Silversmiths of America
- Maine Crafts Association
- 1979 - Metalsmithing with Heikki Seppa - Haystack, Deer Isle, Maine
- 1978 - Metalsmithing Monitor - Haystack, Deer Isle, Maine
- 1969 - Apprenticeship with Robert Peerless - Sculptor, New York, New York
Professional Experience - Teaching and Workshops
- 1997 - University of Central England at Birmingham Guest Speaker
- 1995 - Haystack School of Crafts Metalsmithing Instructor - Deer Isle, Maine
- 1994 - Penland Workshop
- 1993 November - Royal College of Art Workshop - London, England
- 1987 - Revere Academy Metalsmithing Instructor - San Francisco, California
- 1986 - San Diego State University Art Department Guest Instructor
- 1986 - Kent State Summer Arts Program Guest Instructor
- 1985 - Townson State University Guest Instructor - Maryland
- 1984 - Southwest Crafts Center Guest Instructor - San Antonio, Texas
- 1982 - Washington University Metalsmithing Instructor Spring Semester - St. Louis, Missouri
Exhibitions & Collections
- 1997 - American Jewelry Design Council Members Exhibition, National Metals Museum - Memphis, Tennessee
- 1995 November - Aspects, Group Show - Studio of Wilhelm Buchert - Rodenbek, Germany
- 1994–1996 - AJDC Mona Lisa Project Cube Project Wheel Project
- 1993 June & 1984 November - One Man Show, Concepts - Carmel, California
- 1992 October - Biennial Art & Jewelry Exhibition - Studio of Bernd Munsteiner - Stipshausen, Germany
- 1992 May - Gallery Opening, Gallery Aurus - Paris, France
- 1987 November - One Man Show Jewelry & Sculpture, Bijoutier Michaud - Neuchatel, Switzerland
- 1986–1996 December - Jewel Noel, Orchestra Fund Raiser - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
- 1986 October - American Art to Wear, Museum Benefit - Lubbock, Texas
- 1986 February - Fresno Art Center Invitational - Fresno, California
- 1985–1987 December - American Jewelry Now - Traveling Exhibition in the Orient
- 1996 May - Contemporary Design Group Annual CDG High Achievement Award, “Designer MVP”
- 1995 December - Makers 1995 Colby College Museum of Art “Show Favorite” - Waterville, Maine
- 1986 - Diamonds International Worldwide Competition Finalist
- 1986 - Accent Magazine Best Gold Buys First Prize Winner
- 1983 - Johnson-Mathey Platinum Competition Design Winner
- 1983 - Diamond’s Today Award Winner
- 1982 - Intergold Design Award Certificate of Merit
- 1981 - Intergold