Hi. I’m Michelle!
My story starts before I can remember. I’ve always been drawn to arts and crafts, and anything that allows me to work with my hands.
I hold a BFA in digital design, and I worked as a graphic artist in corporate settings for many years. I also helped run a small non-profit theater company for a while. So my background is diverse and very artistic.
In 2016, I signed up for a community ceramics class with a friend. I’d never worked with clay outside of elementary school public education. We just signed up for fun.
It wasn’t long before I realized how natural clay felt in my hands, and I couldn’t get enough. In 2018, I started selling little hand-painted ornaments to friends via Instagram and on Etsy, and used the income to start building my home studio.
Now, I am a full-time potter, working out of my home studio. I make pots inspired by the natural beauty of clay and the world around me. My work has a lot of range, from everyday staples – simple shapes, with glazes in happy colors that let the earthy clay shine through – to sculptural pieces inspired by nature and animals.
I believe art is for everyone. It should be accessible, make a statement and be environmentally friendly. So, my art is often a little political, and I try to make choices that are better for the planet, such as using recycled and recyclable packing materials, and reducing my waste as much as possible.
All Riverlane Studios products are hand-crafted by me, in my home studio, located in Columbus, Ohio. I work with small shops around central Ohio, and whether you purchase directly from me, or via a local shop, your dollars directly support my family, including a very spoiled little gray cat named Maggie, who likes to be the center of everything and track clay paw prints all over the house.