Michelle Shields attended the Royal College of Art, London & has exhibited internationally, her work is also held in public and private collections. Michelle has taught at Manchester School of Art, & conducted workshops at Salford University, The Royal College of Art & Ruthin Craft Centre. Presently working at the University for the Creative Arts in Farnham (UCA) in the Ceramics & Glass department. Born in the post-industrial city of Salford which is now the new home for the BBC & radio 6 music.
Michelle is fascinated by the transformative materiality of clay, an abundant & easily extracted natural resource on our planet. Our knowledge of ancient civilisations are often based on excavated ceramic artefacts that exist after thousands of years, along with the maker’s impressions of existence.
The contemporary landscape of ceramics is a vast open-ended question, with links to Architecture, Engineering, Design, the Crafts, the Art world, Dentistry, Industry and Digital Technology, these typologies co-exist. Digital techniques offer new ways of working that are not in competition with traditional techniques of making but extend the possibilities of innovation with Ceramics.
Michelle’s process based, creative practice is informed by ancient & digital making methods.