Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania of Belgian parents, Michael Good spent his youth in both the US and Europe. In the late 50's 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 1980's. 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 Rockland, Maine.
Michael Good is currently a member of the following associations:
American Jewelry Design Council
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 Waterville, Maine "Show Favorite"
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