Artist Profile: Corey Bechler
We’ve all played with mud at one time in our lives. One Northern Michigan artist has made a successful lifestyle while doing so. We learn more about professional potter and art teacher, Corey Bechler in this Artist Profile.
Who are you?
My name is Corey Bechler. I grew up in Southern Michigan, but I moved up here about 20 years ago to Northern Michigan. I am a high school teacher at Benzie Central. My wife, Stacey, and I also enjoy showcasing our work at art fairs and at our home art studio.
When did you get started?
I stumbled on this art thing later in life. I never took an art class until my senior year of college, and I loved it. I’ve always been somebody who likes to roll up their sleeves, work with my hands, and build stuff.
What is your favorite medium?
I love to play with clay, taking just a pile of mud and informative shaping it with my hands, and making it into a bird, or a koala bear, or a robot, it’s just a fantastic thing. Many of our pieces are mixed media. So we’ll mix in some driftwood or some copper. Something that helps make it even cooler.
What inspires you?
Our work is pretty whimsical. Dogs, birds, robots, kind of whatever pops into our head. We say ‘hey, let’s try this’.
What do you hope people get from your work?
During the summer, at the art fairs we attend, people will walk by our booth, stop and just laugh and smile at our works. Whether they take a piece home with them, or not, it’s a wonderful feeling just seeing the smiles on people’s faces.
You can view all of Corey’s and Stacey’s artwork through their main website here. Click here to shop on their online store. Their works can also be viewed in person at the Two Fish Gallery in Leland, or at their in-home studio.