Michelle Rhodes has studied ceramics at the Boston Museum School and the Brooklyn Museum School, Haystack Crafts School, Penland Crafts School, Greenwich House Pottery and the Banff Center for the Arts. In 1978-79 Michelle was apprenticed in Japan studying wood-firing and traditional methods of pottery-making with the renowned Fujiwara family of Bizen, and with then emerging master Shige Morioka of Amano near Osaka. She has also studied Tea Ceremony. Her Tea utensils, including various bowls, water jars, and other containers have been used by the Urasenke Tea Ceremony Society schools in Kyoto and New York City.
Michelle Rhodes first had a studio in NYC's SOHO from 1969 to 1971. She came north to Gardiner in 1971 to create a larger studio where she could build kilns, make pots and teach. Michelle's work can be purchased through her online store as well as at her Gardiner showroom, which is open by appointment year-round.
Michelle continues to share her love of clay with others through teaching and art therapy. As an art therapist/expressive psychotherapist she practices an approach to therapy based in both studio work and inner process. Her faith in universal creative potential is at the core of her work with people of all ages and abilities. In addition to working individually with students and those seeking art based psychotherapy, she leads a women's clay group called Dreamfigures in her Gardiner Studio.