Michele graduated from the National College of Art and Design in Dublin, Ireland in 1992 with a BA (Hons) degree in Ceramics Design. Since graduating Michele has traveled extensively and on returning back to Ireland she set up her ceramics studio in Dublin. Her Ceramic range includes decorative bowls, vases, birds, wall pieces as well as one off Sculptural pieces. She has exhibited in galleries throughout Ireland. Her work has been included in group exhibitions at The Hunt Museum in Limerick, The DCCOI Gallery in Kilkenny and Sculpture in Context at the Botanic Gardens, Dublin. Michele’s work also includes commissioned presentation pieces and awards for various Irish companies and Irish State Bodies include Bord Bia, Ulster Bank and the Irish Post newspaper .
The Irish landscape and sea has greatly influenced Michele’s work . Her ceramic pieces are characterised by harmony of form, colour and surface. Drawing their inspiration from the simple forms found in nature, and the abstract and rhythmical patterns created by the sea, the pieces evoke fluidity and simplicity.
Michele’s work is hand built using stoneware or porcelain clay and decorated using a combination of layering glazes, slips and a fusion of glass with the ceramic. The merging and blending of these different elements in the firing process creates a uniqueness and adds a richness to the form. Her wall pieces incorporate a number of surface treatments and techniques such as graffiato, enamel transfers which bring the ceramic surface to life.
“My foremost memories of the sea are the beautiful beaches of Connemara. I’m always trying to capture the essence of that place which sparked my imagination as a child.
My Grandad lived by the sea and visits to his house always involved a walk down to the sea, beach combing and making outsider art on the sand and the stones.
I grew up making things, and the kindness and generosity of teachers led me to the world of ceramics and art college and there the love affair began.”
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