Artist and art advocate Michael Bradley is a Topeka treasure.
"Most know me as a Ceramic artist but I'm also an arts advocate and supporter. As one of the first Board Members of NOTO, I asked other artists what resources they needed to further their career. The response was 'access to equipment, especially for ceramics and printmaking.'
Kilns and presses are expensive and not easy for early career artists to afford. Since that point, my goal has been to encourage the establishment of Clay and Printmaking facilities in NOTO.
I already knew something about ceramics and luckily Monette Mark [owner and founder of Fire Me Up Ceramics] has established a community ceramics studio, but I also wanted to become more familiar with printmaking. I began by auditing classes in printmaking at Washburn University. At the same time, I started acquiring presses and useful equipment."
Michael Bradley was the founder of one of the first galleries in the NOTO Arts District, the Yeldarb Gallery (Bradley spelled backwards). He has also worked closely with Washburn art students and has also assisted many artists in the community.
"If you're a printmaker and need a press, talk to me," Michael says.