Michelle received her B.A. in Studio Art from Claremont McKenna College, and M.A. in Art History from the University of Southern California. She has been making sculpture in various media for years, working primarily in ceramics since 2010. Her work is inspired by natural forms and textures, read through an ongoing obsession with 1960s American Minimalist sculpture.

Most of Michelle's ceramics are made from New Zealand porcelain with an extremely high kaolin content. This lends them a translucence and whiteness that is quite rare, particularly in wheel-thrown pottery. Her process is focused on form rather than surface decoration, yielding finished work that showcases the beauty of the clay. Most of her pieces are altered in some fashion after being thrown: they are trimmed, and then either textured or hand-sanded to achieve the final effect.