Michael Thee shows his art jewelry at galleries and art fairs throughout the Midwest. Underlying all his work, whether its message is playful or serious, is a passion for flawless fabrication techniques that he hopes to share in every class he teaches. His generous, patient style and quiet sense of humor create a comfortable learning environment that students (especially newcomers to the field) appreciate.
A photographer since age 12, Michael studied Fine Arts at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee and, in 1995, began an apprenticeship as a goldsmith. He worked on his own as a studio jeweler for 10 years and, in 2006, graduated with honors from Northeastern Wisconsin Technical College’s jewelry fabrication program. Michael shares a home studio in Milwaukee with Mary Wohlgemuth.