In his early years growing up in England, Michael worked on wooden sailing yachts along the banks of the River Crouch. He moved to the US in the eighties and began a career as a finish carpenter and later a home builder. Working with wood all of his life, Michael was always interested in woodturning and studied for many years to perfect his craft. What began as a hobby blossomed into a passion. Michael and Cynthia launched their collaborative journey in 2008. Michael turns and carves the vessels and Cynthia creates beautiful pyro-engraved and textured surface embellishments. The couple has gained international recognition for their highly embellished teapots.
Michael and Cynthia were featured demonstrator at the American Association of Woodturners International Symposium in 2013 and received high honors as recipients of the “Award of Excellence” for one of their pieces. they have demonstrated for numerous chapters of the AAW and have been feature demonstrators in several States symposiums.
The Gibsons are in high demand as teachers and their wonderful techniques are taught to students from around the world. During the next several years the Gibsons are scheduled to teach in Canada, Norway, and New Zealand as well as throughout the United States. They have taught in workshops, chapter classrooms and in private settings. Their work has been published in many journals nationally and internationally.
The artwork created by this duo has garnered the attention of many collectors and has been included in corporate and private collections. Their work is sought after by high end galleries and gift shops throughout the world.
Back cover of AAW Journal
Showcase, in Woodturning Design Magazine
Invited Artist " A Walk in the Woods" Exhibition AAW International Symposium, San Jose, CA.
Featured Demonstrator, Turning Southern Style Symposium.
Woodturning UK magazine, Readers Showcase.
Invited Demonstrator, AAW International Symposium Tampa FL.
Invited Artist, "Harmony" Exhibition, AAW International Symposium Tampa FL.
Award of Excellence, AAW International Symposium Tampa FL.
Featured Demonstrator, Ohio Woodturning Symposium
Featured Demonstrator, Florida Woodturning Symposium.
Invited Artist, "Ceremony" Exhibition, AAW International Symposium Phoenix AR.
Invited Artist,"Rising" Exhibition, AAW International Symposium Phoenix AR.
"The Art of the Craft " Exhibition
British Woodturning Magazine, article.
Featured Demonstrator, Canadian Symposium, Saskatoon.
Instructor, John Campbell Folk School.
Featured Demonstrator, Norwegian Woodturning Cruise.
Featured Demonstrator, New Zealand Symposium, Auckland.
Instructor, Arrowmont School of Arts, Gatlinburg, TN.
Featured Artist, Woodturning Magazine UK
Demonstrating, World Wood Day, Turkey.
Invited Artist, “Creativity in Construction: A Collaboration of Materials” AAW International symposium, Pittsburgh, PA.
Invited Artist, “Merging” AAW International symposium, Pittsburgh, PA.
Awarded Master Choice, July, AAW Symposium
Featured Demonstrator, Great Britain Seminar, Loughborough.
Featured Artist, Woodturning Magazine, UK