Michelle Shields is a Technical Tutor in the Ceramics & Glass department, working in interdisciplinary environments & supporting students in Product Design, Illustration & Fine Art alongside the Ceramic BA & MA students.
Michelle is fascinated by the transformative materiality of clay, an abundant & easily extracted natural resource on our planet. Our knowledge of ancient civilisations are often based on excavated ceramic artefacts that exist after thousands of years.
The contemporary landscape of ceramics is a vast open-ended question, with links to design, the crafts, the art world, industry and digital technology co-exist, digital techniques offer new ways of working that are not in competition with traditional techniques but extend the possibilities of innovation. Michelle's process based, creative practice is informed by ancient & future making methods.
Born in Salford, Lancashire Michelle attended the Royal College of Art, London for a Masters Degree. Her work is held in public and private collections. She has also taught at Manchester School of Art and conducted workshops at Salford University, The Royal College of Art & Ruthin Craft Centre.