Michele lives and breathes the Kommetjie sea breeze has been doing pottery for about 30 years. She has since taught mini-courses at Fish Hoek High School and run pottery classes in Fish Hoek and Kommetjie.
“Growing up in a creative family, my mom and gran making our clothes, I learnt to love making things with my hands. Art lessons at school introduced me to a variety of different modes of expression and although I did a bit of painting, painting does not grab me. My love is pottery – trying different glazes, working with different temperatures and different kilns. There have been times when I have wanted to give it up but 24 hours later I am back in my studio again. Working with clay is so therapeutic!”
Michele imprints vintage lace from old garments into the clay to create exquisite, unique pieces. She also makes use of interweaving leaf shapes on her vases and vessels hiding delightful little bugs, roses, hearts and angels amongst them. She also sometimes uses materials from her clients own treasure chests.
I grew up in a creative household. My mother and grandmother handmade all our clothes and taught me how rewarding it was to make something with my own hands. As children we’d spend days in the garden with needle and thread, stitching together tiny flowers to make jewellery.