With 22 years of jewelry making experience, I love to teach about the techniques and materials used to create stunning works of wearable art. I’m a metalsmith, an explorer, a beader, and an experimenter. I can assist students of many different ages and backgrounds on their individual journey of building skills and self-confidence.
My goal is always to see the broader potential of each student. Encouraging growth of self-expression reveals a deeper understanding of one’s self and the world in which we live. Jewelry can be beautiful, healing, personal or political. It can be fun while integrating understandings of a broader curriculum; it can contain concepts that reflect deeper expressions of historical and conceptual contexts.
Michelle was featured in this article in the Washington Observer-Reporter. Learn more about her process and see more of her amazing artwork and view more of her work on her website!
Learn more about Memphis in these great videos below:
Jewelry workshops in Hazelwood with Arts Excursions Unlimited, Heinz Endowments, Carnegie Library of Hazelwood, and Pittsburgh Office of Public Art:
The Unity Project: The Making of a History Sculpture in Glass, Public art for The Center on Strawberry, Washington, PA
Working with 7th grade students at Washington Jr. High in Washington, PA with Rural Arts Collaborative, Benedum Foundation, Fayette County Cultural Trust:
Learn how to make a straw loom to create your own woven bracelets: