Michael Cannata is an interdisciplinary artist mostly working with ceramics, metal, 2D media and found items. He was born in Chicago and attended Elgin Community College, where he focused on academic research and worked at the ceramic and sculpture department. He later transferred to The New York State School of Ceramics at Alfred University and received his BFA with honors. Michael participated in multiple artist residency programs, including the Guldagergaard International Ceramic Research Center in Denmark and the Bridgeport Art Center in Chicago, where he was also teaching ceramics classes at the Chicago Ceramic Center. Michael is currently a long-term artist-in-residence at the Morean Center for Clay in St. Petersburg, Florida. His work has been exhibited nationally and internationally.