2007 Master of Technology in Ceramic Design, University of Johannesburg. Published dissertation
SAGGAR FIRED CERAMICS, Incorporating European Lace Design
1998 Bachelor of Technology in Ceramic Design, Cum Laude, Technikon Witwatersrand, Johannesburg. 1997 National Diploma in Ceramic Design, Technikon Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.
Scholarships, grants & awards
2012 Awarded Fellowship of Ceramics Southern Africa. 2011 Premier Award, Ultra-Furn Regional Ceramic Exhibition, Pretoria. 2010 Ndebele Milling and Mining Award, Ultra-Furn Regional Ceramic Exhibition, Johannesburg. 2001 International Ceramic Institute - Residency, Skaelskor, Denmark. 2000 Bronze Award Winner, Vita Craft Now Millennium Awards Exhibition. 1998 Technikon Witwatersrand Medal for Academic achievement: Bachelor of Technology Cum Laude. 1999 TRC Research Grant (TWR) 1997 Tim Morris Bursary Award. 1995 Glazcor Award for Design, A.P.S.A Regional Exhibition, Johannesburg.
The William Humphreys Art Gallery, Kimberley, South Africa
International Ceramic Institute, Skaelskor, Denmark
Corobrick Collection, Pretoria Art Museum, South Africa.
Rand Merchant Bank, Johannesburg, South Africa
First National Bank, Johannesburg. South Africa
University of Johannesburg, Johannesburg, South Africa
2012MuseumAfricA, Johannesburg, Selector and Guest Exhibitor, Ceramics Southern Africa Regional Exhibition. 20094th PAN Bank Windhoek Arts Festival Ceramics Biennale, Namibia Selector and Award Judge
2003Zuva Gallery, Melrose Arch, Johannesburg, South Africa
2015Ceramics Southern Africa Gauteng, G&W Mineral Resources Regional Exhibition. 2014Ceramics Southern Africa Corobrik National Exhibition, Cape Town. 2014William Humphreys Art Gallery, ‘David Walters and Friends’, Kimberley. 2013MuseuMAfricA, Ultra-Furn Regional Ceramic Exhibition, , Johannesburg. 2013Design Days Dubai - Southern Guild, United Arab Emirates. 2012Pretoria Art Museum, Pretoria, Corobrik National Ceramics Exhibition 2012University of Johannesburg Gallery, Johannesburg, ‘Pointure’. 2012Everard Read Gallery, Southern Guild, , Johannesburg 2012William Humphreys Art Gallery, ‘David Walters and Friends’, Kimberley. 2011Edoardo Villa Museum, University of Pretoria, Ultra-Furn Regional Ceramic Exhibition 2011William Humphreys Art Gallery, Kimberley, ‘David Walters and Friends’, Kimberley. 2010FADA Gallery, University of Johannesburg, Ceramics Alumni - End of an Era (1966-2010) 2010MuseuMAfricA, Johannesburg, Ultra-Furn Regional Ceramic Exhibition, 2010William Humphreys Art Gallery, Kimberley, ‘David Walters and Friends’, Kimberly. 20094th PAN Bank Windhoek Arts Festival Ceramics Biennale, Namibia. 2009Indiana University Art Museum, Bloomington, Indiana, USA. ‘Ukucwebezela: To Shine’. 2008Faulconer Gallery, Grinnell College, Iowa, USA. ‘Ukucwebezela: To Shine’. 2008Gallerie Galapagos, Craighall, Johannesburg. 2008Artisan Gallery, Durban, KwaZulu Natal. 2008Corobrik National Ceramic Exhibition: University of Johannesburg, 2008Elemental: Upstairs@Bamboo, Melville, Johannesburg, South Africa. 2008Sally Thompson Gallery, Johannesburg, ‘The Magic of Making’ 2007FADA Gallery, University of Johannesburg, ‘Homage to Nesta Nala’ 2007Ceramics Southern Africa Regional Exhibition, Johannesburg. 2007Gallerie Galapagos, Craighall, Johannesburg. 20062007 Strydom Gallery, George, Western Cape. 2007Art for Africa, Fillingdon, United Kingdom. 2005Association of Arts Gallery, Pretoria, ‘Past Students Present Work’, TWR Alumni 2004Artspace Fine Art Gallery, Johannesburg, ‘EXACT!’. 2002MusueMAfricA, Johannesburg, ‘African Earth Exhibition’. 2001Kunstindustrimuseet, (Museum of Decorative Arts) Copenhagen. 2000Sandton Civic Art Gallery, Altech International Ceramics Biennale. 2000The African Window, Pretoria, FNB Vita Craft Now Millennium Awards. 1999Nico Malan Foyer, Cape Town, National Ceramic Awards Exhibition 1998The Castle, Capetown, FNB Vita Craft Now Awards 1998Altech International Ceramics Biennale (A.P.S.A) Sandton Civic Art Gallery. 1997African Window, Pretoria, FNB Vita Craft Now Awards Exhibition. 1994Sandton Civic Art Gallery, FNB National Ceramics Biennale.
1992 - 1995 Regional Exhibitions, Johannesburg. Association of Potters Southern Africa
now Ceramics Southern Africa.
Memberships & Affiliations
Currently serving on Ceramics Southern Africa Committee
Ceramics Southern Africa Regional Chair for Golden Reef region, Gauteng 2008
A.P.S.A committee member. 1994 - 1996
Written articles/ Photographs
Classic Feel Magazine
2007 September investing in Culture volume 3, Ceramics in South Africa - p.20, 21.
National Ceramic Quarterly.
2011 Number 97 – Spring – p. 14
2010 Number 94 – Summer – p. 20
2010 Number 93 – Spring - p. 18
2007 Number 82 - Summer - p. 26,27.
2002 Number 60 - Winter - p. 16, 18.
2000 Number 57 - Autumn - p. 16.
1995 Number 34 - December - p. 11, 13.
1999 Number 47 - Autumn - p. 17, 18.
2002 African Earth Exhibition (APSA) Catalogue p. 16
2000 Altech Ceramics Biennale (APSA) Catalogue p. 18
2000 FNB Vita Craft Now Catalogue p. 14, 15
1998 FNB Vita Craft Now Catalogue p. 33
1997 FNB Vita Craft Now Catalogue p. 16
2002 Sellschop,S. Goldblatt, W & Hemp, D.. Craft South Africa, South
Africa, Pan Macmillan SA. p. 79,81
2008 Curious Cultures, Television Interview, SABC 2, 27th February.
Recipient of a TRC Research Grant.
“The Design and Construction of Handbuilt Ceramic Products/Artefacts with Reference to Indigenous Rural Ceramics Developing Appropriate Surfaces with Reference to European Lace.”
Michelle researched and learnt the skills from many South African traditional ceramic artists.
2004Rural ceramic craft
MINTEK Special Projects Small Scale Mining Limpopo Province and Kwa Zulu Natal
2001Kunstindustrimuseet (Museum of Decorative Arts) Copenhagen, Denmark
Design School, Copenhagen, Denmark
2001International Ceramic Institute, Skaelskor, Denmark 2003Goodwill Ambasador Makeba’s skills exchange Project between South African and West African Women. Randburg, Johannesburg, South Africa
2014PresentThe Pottery Studio, Bryanston, Johannesburg.
20102013The Pottery Studio, Bryanston, Johannesburg. 20062008University of Johannesburg, part time lecturer. 19972005Technikon Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, part time lecturer.
2016Millstone Pottery Western Cape, Traditional Pottery Workshop with Thembi Nala, Perserverence Maleketsi and Nesiwe
2016Ceramics Southern Africa East London, Terracotta Heads Workshop. 2009Invited by Potters Association of Namibia to present a participating workshop on Traditional South African Ceramics 2007FADA Gallery, University of Johannesburg, Traditional Hand Built Vessels. – in conjunction with the exhibition ‘Homage to Nesta Nala’. 2007Invited by Ceramics Southern Africa Kwa Zulu Natal for a presentation of South African traditional ceramics and the development of her own work. Demonstrations of Traditional Hand Built Vessels. 2007The Pottery Studio, Sculpture - Imaginative Dreamlike Creatures, Johannesburg. 20062007Sculpture - African Terracotta Head Workshops, based on the Lydenberg Heads, Johannesburg. 2013Clay Festival, Johannesburg, Ceramics Southern Africa 2012 ײ 2011 ײ 2012Tshwane College, Workshop presenter on traditional Raku tea bowls as well as Obvaru
and horse hair firings.