Michael Connelly is a potter in Phoenixville and Philadelphia (Brewerytown), as well as Assistant Professor at Montgomery County Community College in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania. In 2010, he founded the Bailey Street Arts Corridor in the Brewerytown neighborhood of Philadelphia. He received his B.F.A and M.F.A from Alfred University in Alfred, New York. Connelly has taught and presented lectures and workshops at various venues nationally and internationally, including classes at Alfred University, Haystack School for Crafts, Alberta College of Art and Design, Archie Bray Foundation and Penland School of Crafts. His utilitarian pottery is in the permanent collections of the China Yaoware Museum, the Alfred Ceramic Art Museum, Asheville Art Museum, American Museum of Ceramic Art, Huntington Museum or Ceramic Art and Long Beach Museum of Art.