Michael Aram Designer History
Urns created by the American Armenian artist, Michael Aram, are a celebration of craft and age-old hand working traditions. Fascinated by the richness of the living crafts tradition he discovered in India, Michael Aram sought out craftsmen in the old city, drawn to the sound of metal being beaten and the aroma of baked molasses, a signal of the sand casting process. The artisans he encountered were making ordinary objects such as buckets, shovels, and scissors, but for Michael Aram, their traditional techniques were extraordinary. He spent hours observing them as they made things the same way families had made them for centuries. Touched by the talent and humility of these gifted artisans, Michael Aram established a second home and studio in India, where he continues to draw creative inspiration today.
Trained as a painter, sculptor, and art historian, Michael Aram has neatly applied his diverse background to the decorative arts. Lyrical and often witty, his work encompasses a wide range of media, revealing a rich and variant source of inspiration - nature, mythology, narrative storytelling, and purified form. The enduring fusion of these ideals - originality, narrative, and craftsmanship - has become the hallmark of Michael Aram's work, including his cremation urns.
Today, over 200 artisans work alongside Michael Aram in his workshop where the same creative interaction between artist and artisan remains the source of every object that he creates. His work is a testament to the traditional techniques and artistry that he encountered on his first trip to India, including his cremation urns. The result is a diverse range of urns that are truly unique and special. Michael Aram's dedication to craft-based design has resulted in a collection of urns that are not only functional but also beautiful and meaningful.