Michelle Freemantle

In her ceramic work, Michelle uses a mix of handbuilt, press mould and thrown techniques, creating work that is tactile and visually pleasing. Lines and text are inscribed into the surfaces and slips and oxides applied.

Her functional work embodies both utility and content, acting simultaneously as art pieces, whilst complementing the food within. This seems to enrich the eating experience. Each individual piece embodies its own character, giving an internal life of its own.

Michelle has worked as an assistant to Rob Bibby at Woodnewton Pottery as well as with saltglazer Christine Pedley in La Borne, France.

In the summer of 2000 she was selected to take part in IWCAT 2000, an international workshop in Tokoname, Japan and subsequently invited back two years later, to make work for an international group exhibition. She also spent time studying in Finland, returning later to make a body of work in a studio in Hameenlinna. Despite all of this worldly travel, Michelle is now settled in Wetwang.

Past exhibitions include, Yorkshire Sculpture Park, Wakefield, Leeds City Craft and Design Gallery, East Riding Open Studios, Potfest in the Park, Penrith, Art in Clay, Hatfield, NPA at the Lund Gallery,York, The British Craft Trade Fair, Harrogate, Hoyry Galleria, Finland and Kyouei - Gama Gallery, Japan.