Michael Bancroft was born in Cortez, Colorado to Kenneth and Veronica Bancroft. Michael’s father was Ute Mountain Ute from Towaco, Colorado. His mother is Tewa from Ohkay Owingeh, (formerly San Juan Pueblo) New Mexico. Michael is the youngest of six children. As a young boy he moved often from Colorado to New Mexico with his family. The two different cultures have had a lot of influence on his life and his interest in art and culture.
Michael graduated from the Santa Fe Indian School and has completed two years of college, graduating with an A.A. degree from Northern New Mexico Community College. He has studied Mica and Tewa pottery, jewelry and moccasin making at the Poeh Art Center in Pojoaque, New Mexico.
Michael lives at Ohkay Owingeh, New Mexico. He works full time on his artwork and enjoys rising his children. In the summer of 2004, Michael took his first pottery class and it was his introduction into the art world. He credits much of his inspiration comes from his children’s Grandmother Mary Sedillo and his own Grandmother Emily Povijua who were both potters. Michael is currently the instructor of the beginning Mica Pottery Class at Northern New Mexico College and at the Poeh Arts Center where he focuses on the basics of hand building and on the creation of original pottery forms and designs.
Michael currently sells his art at different regional art shows and local galleries. Michael continues to take workshops to refresh and rekindle his skills in Pueblo Pottery making, design and painting.
When not working on art, Michael is a hunter, an archer and a fisherman taking inspiration for his art from the great outdoors.