Mike Helke holds an MFA from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Prior to that, he studied ceramics at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, and spent formative years as a studio artist and employee of Northern Clay Center.
Helke recently moved to Stillwater, MN, where he maintains a studio. Helke says of his work, “As a maker, the action of my hand can trace the memory or energy of an experience through elusive rhythms generated by form, positive and negative shapes, and building process marks.” Helke’s work has been exhibited regionally and nationally, most recently in the exhibition New Work—Mike Helke and Sarah Jaeger, TRAX Gallery, Berkley, CA; as part of the Artstream Nomadic Gallery, NCECA 2015, Providence, RI; and in the Yunomi Invitational, AKAR Gallery, Iowa City, IA. In 2008, he received a Jerome Ceramic Artist Project Grant, awarded by Northern Clay Center.