<2018 Summer artist-in-residence>
Michelle Grey is a potter focusing on soda-fired ceramics. Originally from Wellesley MA, Michelle began working with clay in high school. She moved to Boston in 2013 and received her BFA from Massachusetts College of Art and Design in 2017. She most recently completed her Post-Baccalaureate Certificate from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth in 2018. She has be a workshop attendee and short-term resident at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Deer Isle, Maine. In the fall she will begin a year long residency at the Worcester Center for Crafts. Michelle is motivated in her studio by the exploration of material and often employs themes of relativity, relationships and place in her works. She continues to exhibit in both local and national exhibitions.
My work considers the division of space and how these choices guide us around an object or through a room. I often draw inspiration from homes and cities I have lived in. I am not seeking an explicit narrative, but rather a hint of a place or the sense of a feeling. The specific content of my work often changes as I inhabit varied spaces, but ideas about relationships and personal rapprochement remain the backdrop for my objects and how I talk about them. My work is also driven by an investigation of material and firing process. I explore how varied texture, slips and glaze finishes interact next to each other to talk about relativity and relationship dynamics. Material qualities are often the starting point for my pots.