Through staying with a host family in Japan Michelle saw, at meal times, each dish complimenting the food it contained. Conscious thought had gone into the placing of foods and the choice of ceramics used. "I liked the idea that I wasn't simply eating to sustain my body, I was feeding my eyes and my mind at the same time."
Michelle creates functional ceramics that are tactile and visually pleasing, using a mix of hand built, press mold and thrown techniques. Lines and text, often snippets of thoughts or poetry written during her travels, are inscribed into the surfaces and slips applied.