As an aging local beach visitor, it delights me to discover that our surf, sand and ocean pools are not just the province of the young and the beautiful. I attempt to bring a gentle humour to my observations and depictions of the more senior “beach babes” and “surfer dudes” who imprint their personalities and own kind of beauty on my clay sculptures as they evolve.
Their camaraderie and enduring connection to each other, the beach and the ocean seems to empower them. These are not the invisible elderly! They are engaged and engaging, “salt of the earth”, worldly wise and an inspirational force to be reckoned with.
Having originally qualified in Art Education with a major in ceramics, Michele has lived an itinerant life from mining towns in the Australian outback to Manhattan in the US.
She has worked in many communal studios including Tribeca Potters in New York NY; Clay Art Guild of the Hamptons, NY; Old Firehouse Studios in Pittsburgh, Pa; PS Artists’ Studios and SODA Studios in Fremantle, WA.
Michele brings more than 40 years of clay sculpture experience to her current studio practice in Avalon Beach.
She has been a member of the Pittwater Artist’s Trail, is on the Committee of the Artspot group and runs occasional workshops from her “Pittwater’s Edge” studio.
She has exhibited her work in many galleries in Perth, Fremantle, Pittsburgh, Geelong, New York, the Hamptons and Manly. Her work is held in private collections around Australia and the US.