I love the process of creation and allowing my muse to take me wherever I need to go to create something beautiful.
I find inspiration in nature and the animals surrounding me and rarely have a finished piece in mind when I sit down in my studio.
I start with an idea of what type of medium or technique I want to work with such as metal work, bead weaving, or glass work.
After I have gathered my supplies and spread them out in my work space, I decide where to go with color, shape, size, and function.
My direction often changes during the process, but that is what I love, the path I follow while creating
Michelle is a Pennsylvania native having grown up in the Cumberland Valley. After living in Lexington, Kentucky for several years, she returned to Pennsylvania and has lived in Perry County for the last 15 years with her husband, Arabian horses, dogs and cats.
Michelle graduated from Shippensburg University with a Bachelor of Science degree and worked for a major corporation as an IT specialist and people manager for over 20 years.
During this time, Michelle discovered jewelry and metal work was a wonderful creative outlet for dealing with the stress of corporate life.
Michelle is a member of the Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsman and the Pennsylvania Society of Goldsmiths, and while she is mostly self-taught, she has taken classes at the Revere Academy of Jewelry Arts in San Francisco.