Michelle has a formal education in genetics embellished by a long history in the arts. Her work is inspired by botanical and earth themes, reflecting the organic nature of glass itself. Michelle is self-taught in the art of glass fusing and loves the wide range of functional and textural properties glass has to offer as an artistic medium. Michelle hand-carves her designs into each panel of glass. After fusing it the first time, she fine tunes the piece with various grinding tools to create the desired shape. Each piece can take up to 90 hours to complete.