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After graduating from Derby University with a BA in Applied Arts, Michelle was selected to take part in IWCAT 2000, an international workshop in Tokoname, Japan. She was subsequently invited back two years later, to make work for an international group exhibition. Japan had a huge effect on her and her approach to ceramics. Through staying with a host family she saw that, at meal times, each dish complimented the food it contained. Conscious thought had gone into the placing of foods and the choice of ceramics used. She liked the idea that she wasn’t simply eating to sustain her body, she was feeding her eyes and mind at the same time.
She also spent time studying in Finland, returning later to make a body of work in a studio in Hameenlinna. Before setting up her own studio in Wetwang, East Yorkshire, she worked as an assistant to Rob Bibby at Woodnewton Pottery as well as with salt glazer Christine Pedley in La Borne, France.
Michelle creates functional ceramics that are tactile and visually pleasing, using a mix of hand built, press moulding and throwing techniques. Each individual, hand crafted piece, strives to embody its own character and she hopes enriches the eating and drinking experience.
'Landlines' is the name she has given to her latest range, inspired from the agricultural landscape around the East Yorkshire Wolds where she lives. The yellow rapeseed oil fields dominating for a couple of years now in early summer.
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