Michelle is an artist who makes porcelain objects and installations. However, different materials such as salt, wax, glass, water, paper and thread have also found their way into her work. She addresses the concept of containment by accessing ideas of place, perception and the nuances of what we see and feel regarding everyday things and moments that we are often to busy to appreciate.
As a believer in the importance of quality handmade things in our lives, she also makes tableware that explores her interests in design, craftsmanship, simplicity and the characteristics of porcelain.
Michelle was born in Athens, GA and raised in Doylestown, PA. She earned her BS in Human Development and Family Studies and Early Childhood Education (1996) from the Pennsylvania State University, her BFA in Ceramics (2001) from The Kansas City Art Institute, and her MFA in Ceramics (2004) from Ohio University. In 2004-5, she was a resident artist at the Clay Art Center in New York and in 2006, a Visiting Lecturer in Ceramics at the University of Wisconsin Madison. In 2006 she accepted an Assistant Professor of Art position at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and taught Ceramics and 3D Design until 2010. In 2008 and again in 2010, she spent some time making work at the International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemet, Hungary. With the birth of her daughter in 2012, she took some time off but is back in the studio making and exhibiting work. After growing up and living outside Philadelphia for most of her life, she recently moved to the West Coast with her family. She lives and works in Sherwood, Oregon.