Michael Simon (1947-2021) was a functional ceramic artist who lived in Athens, Georgia. His works were usually fired in salt kilns with motifs of nature and animals. Simon was a student of Warren MacKenzie, who was, in turn, a student of Bernard Leach. Though their influence is felt, Simon's work is unique; every pot emerges with an integrity and attitude all its own. He received his B.F.A. from the University of Minnesota and M.F.A. from the University of Georgia. His work can be found in museums and collections across the country and around the world.