“Without patience and the skill of a craftsman, even the greatest talent is wasted.” – Orhan Pamuk

Michael Doten is a California native.  Born and raised in southern California, Michael spent his childhood and early teen-years scuba diving off sunset cliffs, free diving for abalone, and apprenticing to local woodworkers and craftsmen.  Inspired by the incomparable work of Sam Maloof, Michael takes pride in producing hand-crafted fine furniture, beautiful practical daily use items, and the occasional whimsical art piece.  He is also a talented hand-build potter and incorporates all of his artistic interests into his work.

He now lives in Northern California with his lovely wife and their two black labs. They split their time between Mendocino and Oakland, enjoying their family adventures up and down the wild North Coast – hiking, kayaking, winetasting and walking their dogs along the beach.

You can find Michael’s work at the Artist’s Collective in Elk, CA or in his gallery in Mendocino, CA located in the historic Kellieowen Hall (formerly Kaze Hall) at the intersection of Lansing and Ukiah streets.  The gallery is the former space of the Mendocino Chocolate Company and adjacent to The Study Club.