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Featured Shop: Revisions Design Studio

Apr 10, 2013

by Michele Dugree

Etsy.com handmade and vintage goods

It’s 6:30 a.m. I jump out of bed to put on my dirty jeans and clay-covered shirt. After a quick breakfast, my dog Cash and I are on the 3-mile bike trail from our home in Negaunee, Michigan, to my ceramics studio in Ishpeming – the next town over. Originally a woman’s undergarment factory in the 1920s, the building now houses a number of business and creative artist suites. After passing though my office, we are greeted by a 1,100 square-foot space with high ceilings, flooded with natural light. The smell of coffee and sound of public radio floats over the shelves of porcelain greenware and warm kilns. My name is Michele Dugree, and I own Revisions Design Studio. This is the life I’ve built.

My inspiration always begins from one of two places: nature or objects from yesteryear. Living in the remote and beautiful upper peninsula of Michigan, both are in abundance. I create using a ceramic process called slip-casting. Plaster molds, handmade in my studio, are used to turn porcelain slip into ceramic replicas of an object. After removed from the mold, the piece is refined and fired to a toasty cone 6 (2230 degrees Fahrenheit). The entire ceramic process each piece goes through takes over a week to complete.

I do what I do because nothing else could ever compare to the sense of freedom and empowerment I get from being my own boss. The more I put in, the more I get out. It’s really that simple. I’m not spending my life helping someone else achieve his or her dreams; I’m building my own. When you embrace the power you have over your own destiny, the sky’s the limit!

To me, Etsy means economic freedom from anywhere in the world I choose to live. From a town of under 2,000 people, I’ve had my products appear on the Today Show, in several major magazines and shipped orders to almost every continent in the world and all because someone happened upon my shop. Etsy is my storefront to the world. I love my small town, and I will never be forced to leave just to earn a living.

My favorite thing I ever made was an enormous porcelain chandelier comprised of 5,600 small porcelain tiles that I produced for my college BFA exhibition. The piece took hundreds of hours and a lot of blood and sweat and tears to create. The exhibitions “best in show” carried a cash prize of $1,000 and placement in the university’s permanent art collection. I wanted to win so badly and I was devastated when I lost out to a painting. The true meaning of this lesson didn’t reveal itself until almost a year later when I was able to sell the chandelier to a private art collector for over 10 times the amount of the best in show prize. This experience not only gave me the confidence to pursue a career in selling my art but also taught me that everything happens for a reason and in its own due time.

My creative business has not only empowered me as a woman, but has given me an increased sense of personal, social, and fiscal accountability. It has made me a much more conscientious consumer. My total income relies on the support of others purchasing my handmade products. In turn, I choose to spend my money supporting other small business and people just like me. I am extremely thankful for the success I have had and try to pay it forward whenever possible.

A few years back, we had a large national retailer carrying our Porcelain Egg Candles. As the orders poured in, the pressure to outsource production overseas was great. After factoring in the long lead times, large upfront costs, and most importantly the loss of authorship and control, I decided it wasn’t what Revisions Design Studio was all about. When you have control over the entire process, you never have to compromise your vision. I began as a handmade business with a story and real person behind the products. I intend on staying that way.

Maker and studio photographs by Samantha Elizabeth, product shots by Revisions Design.

Featured Shop Archive

Large Hanging Planter, Ceramic Porcelain Basket with Jute or Cotton Cord, Hand Carved Geometric or Smooth Finish
Large Hanging Planter, Ceramic Porcelain Basket with Jute or Cotton Cord, Hand Carved Geometric or Smooth Finish
RevisionsDesign
$85.00 USD
Vaughn Planter - Mid Century Inspired Bullet Planter - Porcelain and Walnut Frame
Vaughn Planter - Mid Century Inspired Bullet Planter - Porcelain and Walnut Frame
RevisionsDesign
$175.00 USD
On Sale, Hanging Porcelain Planter with Leather Cord Size Small Geometric Carved or Smooth Texture
On Sale, Hanging Porcelain Planter with Leather Cord Size Small Geometric Carved or Smooth Texture
RevisionsDesign
$28.00 USD
Porcelain Honeycomb Air plant Holder, Geometric Wall Hanging Planter
Porcelain Honeycomb Air plant Holder, Geometric Wall Hanging Planter
RevisionsDesign
$26.00 USD
Hanging Ceramic Porcelain Planter Medium Size, Geometric Faceted or Smooth finish, choose Hemp or Leather Cording
Hanging Ceramic Porcelain Planter Medium Size, Geometric Faceted or Smooth finish, choose Hemp or Leather Cording
RevisionsDesign
$47.00 USD
Geometric Porcelain Pendant Light, Modern Lighting,
Geometric Porcelain Pendant Light, Modern Lighting,
RevisionsDesign
$158.00 USD
Porcelain Berry Basket, Ceramic Fruit Colander choose Large, Small, or Set of 2
Porcelain Berry Basket, Ceramic Fruit Colander choose Large, Small, or Set of 2
RevisionsDesign
$20.00 USD
Large Ceramic Mixing Bowl, Faceted Geometric Surface, Hand-carved Porcelain Pottery, 9 color options available,
Large Ceramic Mixing Bowl, Faceted Geometric Surface, Hand-carved Porcelain Pottery, 9 color options available,
RevisionsDesign
$58.00 USD
Ceramic Wall Planter Box
Ceramic Wall Planter Box
RevisionsDesign
$56.00 USD
Medium Hanging Fruit Basket, Two Tiered Porcelain and Leather
Medium Hanging Fruit Basket, Two Tiered Porcelain and Leather
RevisionsDesign
$75.00 USD
Porcelain, Ceramic Scented Soy Votive Candles
Porcelain, Ceramic Scented Soy Votive Candles
RevisionsDesign
$16.00 USD
Veda Porcelain Pendant Light, Modern Lighting Design, Translucent Porcelain Lighting
Veda Porcelain Pendant Light, Modern Lighting Design, Translucent Porcelain Lighting
RevisionsDesign
$148.00 USD
Metallic Hanging Bowls, Copper or Gold Leaf Porcelain, 3 Size Options
Metallic Hanging Bowls, Copper or Gold Leaf Porcelain, 3 Size Options
RevisionsDesign
$40.00 USD
Large Hanging Fruit Basket, Two Tiered Porcelain and Leather
Large Hanging Fruit Basket, Two Tiered Porcelain and Leather
RevisionsDesign
$135.00 USD
Sofia Porcelain Pendant Light, Modern Lighting Design, Translucent Porcelain Lighting
Sofia Porcelain Pendant Light, Modern Lighting Design, Translucent Porcelain Lighting
RevisionsDesign
$158.00 USD
Hanging Air Plant Holder, Metallic Leafed Porcelain Bird Dish with Leather Cord, Copper, Gold or Silver
Hanging Air Plant Holder, Metallic Leafed Porcelain Bird Dish with Leather Cord, Copper, Gold or Silver
RevisionsDesign
$40.00 USD
Porcelain Pentagon Planter
Porcelain Pentagon Planter
RevisionsDesign
$46.00 USD
On Sale, Geo-Planter, Geometric Faceted Planter, Ceramic, Modern Porcelain Crystal Design
On Sale, Geo-Planter, Geometric Faceted Planter, Ceramic, Modern Porcelain Crystal Design
RevisionsDesign
$58.00 USD
White Porcelain Nesting Bowls, Set of 3, Small Serving, Medium Serving and Large Mixing Size, Choose your Texture
White Porcelain Nesting Bowls, Set of 3, Small Serving, Medium Serving and Large Mixing Size, Choose your Texture
RevisionsDesign
$105.00 USD
Hanging Porcelain Vase, Bouquet Holder or Planter, Dipped in Gold, Copper or Silver Leaf
Hanging Porcelain Vase, Bouquet Holder or Planter, Dipped in Gold, Copper or Silver Leaf
RevisionsDesign
$42.00 USD
Porcelain Light Bulb Flower Vase
Porcelain Light Bulb Flower Vase
RevisionsDesign
$18.50 USD
3 Tier Hanging Succulent Planter, Geometric Faceted or Smooth finish, choose Hemp or Leather Cording
3 Tier Hanging Succulent Planter, Geometric Faceted or Smooth finish, choose Hemp or Leather Cording
RevisionsDesign
$80.00 USD
Large Porcelain Noodle Bowl, with Chopstick Rest, Chopsticks Included
Large Porcelain Noodle Bowl, with Chopstick Rest, Chopsticks Included
RevisionsDesign
$36.00 USD
Porcelain Chopstick Rice Bowl, Chopsticks Included, Size Small Rice Bowl
Porcelain Chopstick Rice Bowl, Chopsticks Included, Size Small Rice Bowl
RevisionsDesign
$26.00 USD
Hexagon Trio Chandelier, Translucent Porcelain Ceramic Lighting, Modern Lighting Design
Hexagon Trio Chandelier, Translucent Porcelain Ceramic Lighting, Modern Lighting Design
RevisionsDesign
$425.00 USD
Large Bullet Hanging Planter, Includes both Porcelain Pot and Macrame Cotton Hanger
Large Bullet Hanging Planter, Includes both Porcelain Pot and Macrame Cotton Hanger
RevisionsDesign
$135.00 USD
Geometric Serving Bowl, Size Medium, Faceted Edge, 9 color options available
Geometric Serving Bowl, Size Medium, Faceted Edge, 9 color options available
RevisionsDesign
$38.00 USD
Large Hanging Planter, Includes both Porcelain Pot and Macrame Cotton Hanger
Large Hanging Planter, Includes both Porcelain Pot and Macrame Cotton Hanger
RevisionsDesign
$125.00 USD
Hanging Bowl Planter, Includes both Porcelain Pot and Macrame Cotton Hanger
Hanging Bowl Planter, Includes both Porcelain Pot and Macrame Cotton Hanger
RevisionsDesign
$115.00 USD
Hexagon Tabletop Air Plant Vase, Reversible Design
Hexagon Tabletop Air Plant Vase, Reversible Design
RevisionsDesign
$24.00 USD
Geometric Cereal Bowl, Size small, Faceted Edge, 9 color options available
Geometric Cereal Bowl, Size small, Faceted Edge, 9 color options available
RevisionsDesign
$28.00 USD
Industrial Whisk Pendant Light, Handmade Modern Lighting
Industrial Whisk Pendant Light, Handmade Modern Lighting
RevisionsDesign
$200.00 USD
Large Hanging Ceramic Fruit Basket, Jute or Cotton Cord, Hand Carved Geometric or Smooth Porcelain Bowl Design
Large Hanging Ceramic Fruit Basket, Jute or Cotton Cord, Hand Carved Geometric or Smooth Porcelain Bowl Design
RevisionsDesign
$90.00 USD

291 comments

  • MegansMenagerie

    Megan from MegansMenagerie said 4 years ago

    Such beautiful work! I love love love your egg planters! Congrats on the feature! :)

  • TwinkleStarCrafts

    Judith and Raymond from AnnaOliveDesigns said 4 years ago

    Congratulations on the article. Your work is terrific. I am amazed by the details captured in the final piece.

  • lovelyfeverboutique

    Jessica from LovelyFever said 4 years ago

    I just love these porcelein molds. So gorgeous and versatile for decorating!

  • jessgreenleaf

    Jess Greenleaf from GREENLEAFblueberry said 4 years ago

    Really inspiring- appreciate this story being shared. Beautiful work too.

  • EdelweissPost

    Patrick from EdelweissPost said 4 years ago

    I appreciate Michele's strict white color palette. The blank canvas allows the forms to speak for themselves and let the imagination roam free~

  • emadefreitas

    Ema de Freitas from EmasCorner said 4 years ago

    Wonderful and inspiring! Congratulations for such beautiful pieces :)

  • MissLucyA

    Lucy Ashby from bylucy said 4 years ago

    Gorgeous shop and really interesting interview. Thank you for sharing the life you made!

  • greengrass4men

    Liz M from TheFoxAndFig said 4 years ago

    Congrats on your feature, a beautiful product, and staying true to your handmade roots!

  • OuterKnits

    OuterKnits from OuterKnits said 4 years ago

    Wonderful and inventive! Congrats.

  • ShoeClipsOnly

    kathy johnson from ShoeClipsOnly said 4 years ago

    So pretty! I love the egg planters and candles, congrats on the feature!!

  • LivingVintage

    LivingVintage from LivingVintage said 4 years ago

    Wonderful space for creating. Lovely work.

  • Aristocrafts

    Aristocrafts from Aristocrafts said 4 years ago

    I love your sources of inspiration and your work! And you're so right, everything does happen for a reason and in its own due time - I believe that the sooner we realize that, the faster we will become our full potencial happy and relaxed selves. It's so wonderful that you had the will and courage to stay true to yourself and your business, it's very inspirational! Congratulations on the feature and thank you for sharing your beautiful story!

  • Aristocrafts

    Aristocrafts from Aristocrafts said 4 years ago

    I love your sources of inspiration and your work! And you're so right, everything does happen for a reason and in its own due time - I believe that the sooner we realize that the faster we will become our full potencial happy and relaxed selves. It's so wonderful that you had the will and courage to stay true to yourself and your business, it's very inspirational! Congratulations on the feature and thank you for sharing your beautiful story!

  • JosieMaeArt

    Josie from JosieMaeDesign said 4 years ago

    Beautiful shop! Congratulations!!

  • TheresasGourmet

    Theresa Ryales from TheresasGourmet said 4 years ago

    Very Beautiful Work... Love the votive candle mason jars!

  • kookubug

    Jackie from kookubug said 4 years ago

    You are an inspiration. Your products are beautiful!

  • AlisaDesign

    Alisa from AlisaDesign said 4 years ago

    Awesome work! Congratulations!

  • CreativeMoves

    CreativeMoves from CreativeMoves said 4 years ago

    Congratulations! The egg candles and planters are something very special, they are precious!

  • silke5763

    Silke Jordan from howcroftjordanwork said 4 years ago

    You are amazing !!! Such beautiful work, and your whole inspiration and believes are wonderful to read (and feel: You are living your dream and principles !!) A REAL pleasure - everything !! Soo many thanks - and all the best Silke

  • shoesbysusie1

    Susie from ShoesbySusie said 4 years ago

    I love how you said you are building your own dream. Your beautiful art reflects your dream in each of your pieces. Congratulations on your dream coming true.

  • emwi

    Emily Wirt from emwi said 4 years ago

    What awesome work! So neat to see your studio space and your process. These are great items for spring, too. Congrats on the feature!

  • WhisperingOak

    Quality Handmade Items from WhisperingOak said 4 years ago

    What a wonderful article. The pictures of your working area are great. So organized! Congratulations

  • solocosmo

    Jessica Grundy from solocosmo said 4 years ago

    BEAUTIFUL work! So clean and lovely! Congrats on the feature!

  • KathrynPHaley

    Kate Haley from CopperSpineStudio said 4 years ago

    Love your work, congratulations!

  • SarasDaisyLove

    Sara from SarasDaisyLove said 4 years ago

    Beautiful work! I am a sucker for mason jars and your votive candle holders are great!

  • LabyrinthLeather

    LabyrinthLeather from LabyrinthLeather said 4 years ago

    This is so amazingly awesome :) I am very envious of your studio space!

  • felisadora

    Felisa Dora from FelisaDora said 4 years ago

    This is so inspiring! You can actually feel the breeze of fresh air...

  • 925maille

    Leslie Smith from 925maille said 4 years ago

    What a great story! You do amazing work - congratulations on the well-deserved feature!

  • SHM2013

    Silvia from MarinaBosettiDesigns said 4 years ago

    I am amazed of how clean and organized your studio looks. Your products look elegant, simple and precious! I absolutely love it. Are your products glazed at all? I can visualize your story, your ride to work, the sense of independence and personal freedom you live your vision! I admire that. Well done and continued success in Michigan and a good scratch behind the ears for Cash! :-)

  • Infinitiplus1

    Shari from Infinitiplus1 said 4 years ago

    Wonderful shop with great pieces. Love the feature.

  • Hapagirls

    Elan from HapaGirls said 4 years ago

    As a woman and business owner, I agree completely with her goals and values!! Very inspiring interview and person. Thank you!

  • HabitNation

    Rebecca and Daniel from HabitNation said 4 years ago

    Wow, what a fantastic work space! I love your egg planters, so simple, clean and refined. It's great to hear a story from a fellow Michigander, as well. I've been up to your neck of the woods several years ago, and it truly is a great place.

  • thelandlockedsailor

    The Bosun and Sarita Li Johnson from TheLandlockedSailor said 4 years ago

    So cool! I love those light bulb candle holders. :) I can't wait to try slip casting. I actually did it in 5th grade, but I don't remember the process, and I definitely didn't make my own molds! {Her}

  • monkeyminddesign09

    Anita from monkeymindesign said 4 years ago

    So loved the interview! Love your passion, creativity and most of all your desire to create your own life/business as you see fit. Powerful! Thanks for sharing.

  • kcparade

    Kim from TimeNSeasonTreasures said 4 years ago

    I really like how you work the vintage items into your art today, with out compromising copyrights. Thank you for sharing your story and paying it forward as well. Congratulations on a well deserved feature, from a former Michigander who spent a fair share of time in the Keweenaw and understands your love of the UP.

  • 118jan

    Janette from AmericanDollClothes said 4 years ago

    Your story and thoughts are so inspirational, thank you for sharing it. Your work is beautiful! Congratulations on the feature.

  • SqueakyCleanBath

    Jennifer from SqueakyCleanBath said 4 years ago

    This is gorgeous; I love the egg planters in particular. I completely agree with what you say about freedom and empowerment and achieving your own dreams. Congratulations on the feature!

  • harlowmonroevintage

    harlow monroe boutique from harlowmonroevintage said 4 years ago

    Congrats Michele! Your work is lovely. I grew up in Marquette, and it is wonderful to see an Upper Peninsula artist featured here. Love your work space in Ishpeming, I'm trying to remember which building that might be...

  • PoshAvenue

    Jacque from JacqueAnnDecor said 4 years ago

    Inspirational!

  • HandpaintedThreads

    Maureen from HandpaintedThreads said 4 years ago

    From a beautiful space has come some unique and beautiful pieces. Love the egg candle holders and planters. Congratulations; hope that you have continued success.

  • ionesAttic

    Barbara from ionesAttic said 4 years ago

    your porcelain work is lovely, but I am most impressed and covet your ingenious packaging area!

  • ForeverRenee

    Crystal Renee from ForeverRenee said 4 years ago

    I really enjoyed reading your feature and so much of what you said hit home for me. I love the egg planters and hope to order some soon!

  • cookiestags

    Kimberly C from CoffeeStainedTags said 4 years ago

    Grogeous work! Really enjoyed reading your story! Best wishes to you in the future and many congrats on being the featured artist!

  • EggMoneyQuilts

    Vivian from EggMoneyQuilts said 4 years ago

    Beautiful story! I love the dove necklace!

  • GreenStreetMosaics

    GreenStreetMosaics Constantino from GreenStreetMosaics said 4 years ago

    absolutely fantastic article and shop. sincere congratulations on the feature.

  • ThePattypanShop

    ThePattypanShop from ThePattypanShop said 4 years ago

    Simply elegant!!! Congrats!

  • PennyBirchWilliams

    Penny Birch-Williams from PennyBirchWilliams said 4 years ago

    I think your story is quite powerful and inspiring, in that you have a vision for what your business is and are able to keep focused on that, knowing it is your choice alone to make. Bravo that you chose not to outsource so that you could continue to be an artist and maker, not just a business owner. You knew what was right for you. I also admire that you are conscientious about supporting other small businesses, knowing how we are all working to create and sustain the visions we have for our lives, and support ourselves with an independent and unique effort. I think your ceramics are beautiful. Thank you for sharing your story and inspiring those of us still growing our little seedling dreams here. Best wishes for continued success and empowerment!

  • JulieMeyer

    Julie Meyer from JulieMeyer said 4 years ago

    Loved hearing about your chandelier BFA project and the fantastic outcome.

  • AlliePeplinDesigns

    Allie Peplin from BittersweetPetite2 said 4 years ago

    Wow how inspirational! Your shop and work space is simple and beautiful! Congrats on your feature!

  • RetroRevivalBoutique

    RetroRevivalBoutique from RetroRevivalBoutique said 4 years ago

    Your work is so beautiful! (^__^)

  • MANARIJEWELRY

    Marianna from ManariDesign said 4 years ago

    Lovely! Congrats :)

  • manarigems

    Manari Gems from ManariGems said 4 years ago

    Great! Congrats on the feature!!!

  • MrsGingerandWasabi

    Marta DQ from tribomo said 4 years ago

    I've enjoyed a lot reading your story. I loved when you said: 'This is the life I’ve built'. Congrats!!

  • harrachglass

    Carol from HarrachGlass said 4 years ago

    Beautiful, and that goes for what you are creating as well as your studio! It looks so clean and white and organized. I'm jealous.

  • agebo

    Ann Cosgrove from acbcDesign said 4 years ago

    Beautiful work and fab studio! Glad to see you kept the reins on your business, rather than expanding and losing what you love about it. Kudos to you and the feature!

  • cloud9originals

    Marie from cloud9originals said 4 years ago

    LOVED this feature! Your story and studio are inspirational! Congratulations!!

  • iloveludwig

    Astrid R. from AnAstridEndeavor said 4 years ago

    wonderful! A well deserved shop feature. I love you products and story and the integrity you bring to your work!

  • HBeliveaux

    HBeliveaux from LuckyBugPaperCo said 4 years ago

    I am inpsired by your work, your story, and your studio space. I have loved the things I have ordered for myself and for gifts. I wish you a long and happy creative path!

  • SweetMeas

    Sarah Meas from SweetMeas said 4 years ago

    I BEYOND love it. Your mailing area is very efficient looking !!

  • mattyhandmadecrafts

    Matejka Max from NattyMatty said 4 years ago

    Love it! Congrats!!!

  • PotteryHeaven

    Martina from PotteryHeaven said 4 years ago

    Beautiful work! Love that you are staying true to your vision and behind handmade!

  • EriMill

    Erin Miller from ThreePoisonApples said 4 years ago

    Love the grass in the egg, so smart!

  • GleanandWinnow

    Meghan Merkey from GleanandWinnow said 4 years ago

    Atta Girl!!! :) you already know how I love all these pieces and can relate to the story :)

  • caitlinborck

    Caitlin Borck from TheSprightlyHound said 4 years ago

    Great story and designs...congrats! The miniature skunk is adorable :)

  • CaseyDeeArt

    Casey Sibley from caseydsibley said 4 years ago

    Great art and a great storyteller too! Thanks for sharing!

  • NestedYellow

    Anna Vasquez from NestedYellow said 4 years ago

    Dear Michele, I absolutely inspired by your outlook, process and clarity of your work. So much life and energy in your refined pieces. I love seeing your process of making. Thank you for sharing your story and best wishes!

  • HedgehogProject

    Seonae Lee from HedgehogProject said 4 years ago

    Your works are really lovely... :) Congratulation and all the best wishes!

  • Challand

    Sharon Challand from Challand said 4 years ago

    Interesting pieces and fun to see another artists studio!

  • buhnon

    Shantel Nielson from ThePinkRaffy said 4 years ago

    Wonderful Craftsmanship!

  • glaucaverde

    Yolanda from Cierzojewelry said 4 years ago

    Clean, simple and full of light work! Your adorable pieces are just perfect for any kind of house and they look ethereal, like little heirlooms :) I love your daily routine and that you work in a place with history like that. Congrats on this well deserved featured!

  • Boogiecat

    Kannis from Boogiecat said 4 years ago

    beautiful work! congrats!

  • rimjihye

    siambyrim from SIAMBYRIM said 4 years ago

    Love it~

  • Pysar

    Yuri Pysar from Pysar said 4 years ago

    wonderful story :) love all you creations!!!! amazing store! :)

  • TurtleGirlQuilts

    Julie Goolsby from TurtleGirlQuilts said 4 years ago

    Beautiful!

  • SewforYou

    Cynthia from SewforYou said 4 years ago

    Your work is wonderful and your story so interesting and inspiring! Thanks for sharing!

  • kissavintagedesign

    kissavintagedesign from kissavintagedesign said 4 years ago

    Great feature and beautiful work, congrats! That area of the UP (Negaunee and Ishpeming) holds a special place in my heart as well... a magical, inspiring place in which to live and create!

  • frenchyandsophie

    Aimee Sicora from illustrationsbyaimee said 4 years ago

    fantastic article completely inspiring and beautiful! thank you for your inspiration and encouragement! Your work is phenomenal

  • ladycalifornia

    Marlyn Culton from ladycalifornia said 4 years ago

    Beautiful story. You are an inspiration to so many who are looking to lead a life such as your own. Thanks for allowing me to start off my day dreaming and hoping. It's leading a free and happy life that makes it that much more livable :)

  • SpreadTheWord411

    april from SpreadTheWord411 said 4 years ago

    your work is so beautiful

  • WolfToof

    Alexandra Bandow from WolfToof said 4 years ago

    Love it! great ideas

  • LineaLina

    Susanne Major from LineaLina said 4 years ago

    Thank you for your encouraging words! Yes keep on doing what you feel is right!

  • knottybirdthreads

    DonaJ from knottybirdthreads said 4 years ago

    Very inspiring- I love your work!

  • BlenderGallery

    Amy and Dave Kellum from RustedCreek said 4 years ago

    Congrats on your feature. What a great perspective and just what I needed to read at this moment in time. Best wishes for continued success.

  • CoralHome

    Elizabeth Veres from CoralHome said 4 years ago

    So AMAZING!! Your work is incredible! Such an inspiring story. Now, off to check your shop out!

  • superveshmashina

    Monika from MozakNaPasiCeramics said 4 years ago

    so inspiring and serene.. nice studio you have! congrats!

  • OliveandFern

    Beth from OliveandFern said 4 years ago

    Very inspired, thank you for the motivation for me to get back to work:) Congrats.

  • snowflakesara20

    Sara from UrbanFarmhouseTampa said 4 years ago

    I love the clean, crisp look of white on white. The soy egg candles are my favorite!

  • riorita

    Irith Mashiah from rioritajewelry said 4 years ago

    Very unique and beautiful items!

  • pmeisenheimer

    Pam from WildGardenDesigns said 4 years ago

    I love your products and your enthusiasm and clear vision shines through in each of your pieces. Congratulations and continued success!

  • purposedesign

    Julie Pedersen from purposedesign said 4 years ago

    Excellent story! Congratulations Michelle.

  • CafePrimrose

    Amanda Gynther from CafePrimrose said 4 years ago

    Wow! Amazing!

  • cherylpauls

    cherylpauls said 4 years ago

    We have been loving our recent order from you and the candles were a HUGE hit. . ..so happy for this featured seller. thanks and here's to many more successes and a life lived well.

  • JoDeneMoneuseJewelry

    JoDene Moneuse from JoDeneMoneuseJewelry said 4 years ago

    Beautiful in product, beautiful in spirit......I love your philosophy so much I'd like to stamp parts of what you've said on a bracelet! We should all wear one that reminds us to "build your own dream" and "embrace the power you have over your own destiny"!! Lovely, Thanks so much for sharing and bringing some energy to us all today! I wish you continued success, (of your own choosing of course!), JoDene

  • gescate

    Gino Escate from Gygante said 4 years ago

    Great design! Congratulations

  • cHiCkSnHeNs

    Alizabeth from chicksnhens said 4 years ago

    Your work is beautiful! Congrats on your feature! :)

  • zarincon

    Zandra Rincon from AllSheCraves said 4 years ago

    love all the items!! beautiful work!!!

  • TandRHandweaving

    Martha from ThistleRoseWeaving said 4 years ago

    As a former UPer I am pleased to learn that you are planning on staying in the UP and building a business and a way of life. You rock girl!

  • krayexclusive

    RAY from KRAYExclusive said 4 years ago

    Beautiful work! Great Designs..

  • carlaomlor

    Carla Omlor-Burghol from CarlaKnittings said 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature!

  • fairyatheart

    Audrey Hummer from FairyAtHeart said 4 years ago

    Your process is so beautiful, and your porcelain pieces are gorgeous, clean, and unique! I positively love your style and am so inspired by your work!

  • Lunitari

    W Majere from Lunitari said 4 years ago

    These are beautiful!, now I know why I have such problems trying to do stuff in my kitchen lol, these guys have work space studios!, good for you though you are truly talented! :-) I hope one day I can be able to get there as well. <3

  • JeJeweled

    Jema Watts from BadgeShack said 4 years ago

    You bring your story to life. I love the egg candles! How adorable. Just a gorgeous shop. Congratulations on being the featured seller!

  • sstormster1

    Sarah Rose Storm from CreatedByStorm said 4 years ago

    GORG!!! This is fantastic! A million Congratulations!

  • TheGemGirl

    TheGemGirl from TheGemGirlJewelry said 4 years ago

    Congratulations Michele! What a nice product line. Love the replicas of the old bottles. Your figurines are so cute, and the light bulb candle holders are such a great idea. I enjoyed your story and wish you all the best for future success.

  • SamSammie

    Sam from SamieSam said 4 years ago

    Yay, love your shop and spirit!

  • Woodstorming

    Audrius and Virginija from Woodstorming said 4 years ago

    Fabulous creations! Congrats! :))

  • TheNorthWayStudio

    Maria B. from TheNorthWayStudio said 4 years ago

    Congratulations!! Your work is absolutely stunning!

  • SpaceMauve

    Caroline Bee from SpaceMauve said 4 years ago

    Superb .

  • littleblackcatandme

    Julie Goolsby from LittleBlackCatandMe said 4 years ago

    Awesome work!

  • silviasb2003

    SilviaBlue from SilviaBlue said 4 years ago

    Congratulations! Beautiful story, very inspiring.

  • patspottery

    Pat Parker from PatsPottery said 4 years ago

    I have never done slip casting, I make each of my pieces individually, however your pieces are very lovely and congrats on the feature♥

  • thepopularjewelry

    Roseann and Alexandra Ettinger from thepopularjewelry said 4 years ago

    I love your attitude! Good luck in all of your endeavors!

  • gemmaroses

    Melinda from gemmaroses said 4 years ago

    GREAT!!! Congratulations from Hungary!

  • brianataylor

    brianataylor from brianataylor said 4 years ago

    Great story! Love your work, and your studio is beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

  • CFabStudios

    Rafael Concepcion from CFabStudios said 4 years ago

    Very inspirational story, keep up the good work!!

  • SilverandEarth

    SilverandEarth from SilverandEarth said 4 years ago

    A wonderful, inspiring story! Your work is awesome!! Congrats on the feature.....and wishing you much continued success!

  • critterbarker

    Christine from TheArtisticSoul said 4 years ago

    Love your work! Great article!

  • critterbarker

    Christine from TheArtisticSoul said 4 years ago

    Love your work! Inspiring article!

  • whitevan

    Dennis from whitevan said 4 years ago

    Excellent! Congrats!

  • FreakyPeas

    FreakyPeas from FreakyPeas said 4 years ago

    thanks for staying hand made!

  • margaretjeske

    Margaret Jeske from TheCountryBluebird said 4 years ago

    Incredible work. Love your bunnies! Congratulations on the feature. : )

  • quiettimejewelry

    Jenna Smith from QuietTimeJewelry said 4 years ago

    Beautiful space to work in and lovely items! Love that you can bike into work, and probably know everyone you see on your way in:) Much continued success to you!

  • mixedmetalmimi

    Mimi Roy from mixedmetalmimi said 4 years ago

    Gorgeous work :) MMM

  • debragalbo

    Debra Galbo from HowCuteAreYou said 4 years ago

    Congratulations on being featured. Your items are lovely, I've been a fan of your shop for awhile.

  • deerfox1

    Brigit Juarez from TheDeerFox said 4 years ago

    Such beautiful work! Congrats on the feature! You deserve it. I also love your studio space, very inspiring. :)

  • H88255

    H88255 from HillarysSuperfoods said 4 years ago

    Love this story! Your work is beautiful. Congratulations on your shop being featured on Etsy! :)

  • GemGalMachias

    Down East Jewelry Creations Hagopian-Slack from GemGalMachias said 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your feature story. I love your subject matter. Keep up the great work Thanks for not going offshore.

  • gilstrapdesigns

    Debra Gilstrap from gilstrapdesigns said 4 years ago

    I really did enjoy reading your feature it is so good and very inspiring and I just love your studio space. I would love to have something like that and you designs are simply beautiful much continued success to you!!!

  • tracyanderson120

    Tracy Anderson from KikirooCafe said 4 years ago

    Very inspiring! Your work is beautiful and I am so glad that you stuck to your vision.

  • gemalopez

    Gema Lopez from gemalopez said 4 years ago

    congratulations on the success of your shop, I love the simplicity of your work

  • sabrinatmcgowens

    Sabrina Tillman McGowens from brtyche said 4 years ago

    Exactly what I needed at this very moment. Definitely an inspiration to keep pushing forward and keep creating.

  • GisellasDesigns

    Gisella from GisellasDesigns said 4 years ago

    Wonderful story, Congratulations!!

  • goodtymes

    Stacy from goodtymes said 4 years ago

    congrats!! i have loved your shop and items for a while now. wonderful article!

  • BonTons

    BonTons from BonTons said 4 years ago

    Great story. You have beautiful pieces and I loved seeing into your studio. Congratulations on the Feature

  • ThreeBarDGifts

    Monica from ThreeBarDGifts said 4 years ago

    I enjoyed reading this feaure! I liked the statement you made about not helping someone else build their dream. You are building your own dream! Thank you for the inspiring thoughts and congratulations on the feature and your shop!

  • calamaycarvings

    Cindy LaMay from CALaMayCarvings said 4 years ago

    Congratulations! I look forward to these features and it is inspiring in so many ways to get a 'quick peek' into your story and success. I too am based in a beautiful outdoor, small town world - similar to the Upper Peninsula - and it is part of everything I do. Continued success -- absolutely beautiful work! Another Favorite Shop!

  • NDetailDesign

    Kathleen Jamieson from NDetailDesign said 4 years ago

    Amen sister!! I agree with your last statement 100%. Beautiful products!

  • theobjectenthusiast

    Emily Reinhardt from theobjectenthusiast said 4 years ago

    as a ceramic artist myself, you are living my dream! a great story to prove to myself it can happen. i love your work, your studio - your life!! :) so inspiring!! congrats on the feature!

  • matildecanepagonzale

    Matilde Cánepa González from matildecanepaArtnow said 4 years ago

    Nice workshop! and well done work! Congratulations

  • NotJustSigns

    Ann from NotJustSigns said 4 years ago

    Beautiful work and great work space! Happy for the life you've created! Very inspirational! Congratulations!

  • theowlshop

    Becky from wanderandroar said 4 years ago

    Love your unique style! Congrats on your success!

  • cosmiksouls

    joan kelly from cosmiksouls said 4 years ago

    Lovely items !!! LOVE ur work space and shipping area :) Congrats on your feature ... it's fabulous !!!:D

  • BlueMoonLights

    Alexandra Simons from BlueMoonLights said 4 years ago

    Your work is beautiful and your attitude is awesome! Thanks for sharing & congrats on the FS!

  • uswatsons

    Sylvie Liv from SylvieLiv said 4 years ago

    Oh you sure are living what is only a dream to so many of us sellers! :) Your studio is gorgeous! And your work is lovely. You are so talented. Keep it up!

  • owlgypsy

    Christina Young from owlgypsy said 4 years ago

    I was so excited to read that you're from Michigan as well! Gorgeous shop! Your story is truly inspiring! Thank you and congrats!!!

  • rhondastubbs2

    Rhonda Stubbs from RhondaCorner said 4 years ago

    Good for you for staying true to your craft and I think your story is something we all want. Congratulations on your feature.

  • GisieArt

    Giselle from MyArtAndFashion said 4 years ago

    Great article, awesome shop. Congrats on the feature!!!!!

  • wearthou

    Shirley from wearthou said 4 years ago

    Awesome feature! Why haven't I come across you before??? Love the egg planters - so cute!!! Amazing determination and drive to succeed! Congratulations!

  • GoldAdore

    Gillian from GoldAdore said 4 years ago

    Gorgeous shop and great story!

  • BennBooCreations

    Sharon from BennBooCreations said 4 years ago

    Beautiful shop and congrats on the feature! I live about 50 miles from you!! Glad to see a "neighbor" featured!! Best wishes to you!

  • littleglamour

    Elizabeth from littleglamour said 4 years ago

    Love your story - love your shop - you rock! You are the embodiment of why I chose to sell on Etsy....the very best of the luck in everything you do!

  • spoiledroyalstudio

    Jessica from spoiledroyalstudio said 4 years ago

    I typically read the featured sellers and I am truly impressed, but now I have to say I am extremely inspired. I feel some of the same personal creative freedoms through Etsy and can relate. Good luck, great job and keep going with your beautiful artwork.

  • OhLookDarling

    Emelia Jane from OhLookDarling said 4 years ago

    Absolutely stunning work! Congratulations on your wonderful feature, your story is just the inspiration I needed tonight! All the best for continued success! :)

  • ArtMadeByTammy

    ArtMadeByTammy from ArtMadeByTammy said 4 years ago

    Your story is truly inspiring! Congrats on the feature.

  • christiannasoumakis

    Christianna Soumakis from ASongofAscents said 4 years ago

    Wow! Studio envy! And I love the clean, simple elegance of your personal design aesthetic. Congratulations!

  • aressa

    aressa from OriginalBridalHanger said 4 years ago

    I love your items....Really neat!

  • alexandriamackenzie1

    T.R. Brown from SerenityArtDesign said 4 years ago

    very inspirational! I love reading stories like this :)

  • Caracarmina

    Norma Andreu from Caracarmina said 4 years ago

    AWESOME WORK! and so inspirational to see you working (in the photos)... your work is so beautiful! :D

  • seasidecloth

    seasidecloth from seasidecloth said 4 years ago

    LOVE your studio ! So impressed with your talent, discipline and creativity - congrats to you !

  • MichelleSommer

    Michelle K. Schut from 813designs said 4 years ago

    Congratulations! Your work is truly amazing and I love the fact that you bike to work with your dog; your work space is also so neat! Best of luck!

  • FlowerMoundEscape

    Melinda from FlowerMoundEscape said 4 years ago

    I love the fact that you mentioned not having to leave your small town to find work. I am stationed in a place where I see most of the younger people leaving because there are no jobs that pay a living wage. It is inspiring to see someone who created their own opportunity when the only other option may have been to relocate. And your work is gorgeous!

  • BeachyChicDecor

    Andrea V from BeachyChicDecor said 4 years ago

    How inspiring! Thank you for sharing your story!

  • accentonvintage

    accentonvintage from accentonvintage said 4 years ago

    Beautiful work!

  • klgCreationsVa

    Karen from klgCreationsVa said 4 years ago

    Gorgeous, original work, very inspiring!!!

  • yalipaz

    Yali from yalipaz said 4 years ago

    Stunning work!! Great and elegant design! Congrats on the feature!

  • kustomkitsch

    Erin Elowe Proctor from saturn5studio said 4 years ago

    I'm really happy to hear that you resisted the temptation to outsource overseas. It's hard and expensive to make things here in the States, but I think it's worth the investment.

  • nativestrandsjewelry

    Rachel from PeppersJewelry said 4 years ago

    Beautiful work! I love ceramics!

  • BambuEarth

    Amber from BambuEarth said 4 years ago

    Your work is gorgeous and I'm loving your studio. Kudos. ♥

  • TanteAnnies

    Tante Annie from TanteAnnies said 4 years ago

    Your story is such an inspiration! I love how you stick to your guns Michele and don't give in or give up. Your creations are wonderful too.

  • hasmikuzunyan

    H. U. from alwaysdazling said 4 years ago

    love your work, good for you!

  • elit716

    Elena from TheCraftyRascal said 4 years ago

    The egg planters and light bulb vases are awesome

  • ErinAntiques

    Erin from ErinAntiques said 4 years ago

    Congrats :) and your story is inspiring!

  • nicedeal52

    Andy from nicedeal52 said 4 years ago

    Michele & her work are equally awesome & beautiful :) i have no more words to describe :D Best Regards Andy

  • aussiekn

    nadia from naneHandmade said 4 years ago

    amazing work!!!! well done

  • robynmuller

    Robyn Muller from RobynMullerArt said 4 years ago

    BRAVO! great story. Congratulations on following your dream. I am in complete awe of your work-space. You have some serious gadgets.....and soooo much room. Looks like a lot of fun too!

  • samimodernstyles

    Sami Mueen from SamiModernStyles said 4 years ago

    Love your Art work! Lovely!

  • artstraw

    Atabek Yuldashev from OrientalSouvenirs said 4 years ago

    flawless work! Congrats :)

  • Villedefleurs

    Tatiana from VilleDeFleurs said 4 years ago

    Michele, such an inspirational story ! And wonderfully beautiful work ! One more fan :-))

  • lauramazzariol1

    Laura Mazzariol from shesimplyhandmade said 4 years ago

    I love your porcelain! You are really talented! And I love your working space too! Laura

  • Ellareki

    Ellareki from Ellareki said 4 years ago

    Your feature is one of the best, most inspiring things I've ever read on the whole of Etsy. This is being printed out and pinned to my board in my workroom. Congratulations, your success is as deserved as it is inspiring. And on a more frivolous note...I am beyond jealous of your work space!

  • jewelsbymoon

    moon from jewelsbymoon said 4 years ago

    Great empowering story. Love your artistry and congrats on your FP feature. Good luck!

  • ShuliDesigns

    Shulamit Raanan from ShuliDesigns said 4 years ago

    Thank you for sharing your story! You have such a great talent and your designs are just wonderful! Congrats! :-) I wish you all the best in the future!

  • twitchandwhiskers

    Mei-Ling Uliasz from twitchandwhiskers said 4 years ago

    There's a lot of great life lessons in your story and a whole lotta beautiful work! Congrats!

  • janicewd

    janicewd from janicewd said 4 years ago

    What a great life you have built. I love the egg planters and mason jars too. Your studio space looks so great as well. Congrats to you!

  • christineshmisteen
  • agusha

    agusha from agusha said 4 years ago

    Great designs! Congratulations on the feature!

  • 27thEmpireGallery

    Jesus C. from 27thEmpireGallery said 4 years ago

    BeAUtIfUL wORk.verY talEnteD :)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • meanjeanarts

    Jean from Meanjeanarts said 4 years ago

    I applaud your living and working on your own terms! You certainly embody the spirit of Etsy. It is refreshing to see artists who can make a living without making the compromises that often force us to turn our backs on the very things that are crucial to who we are. You and your work are inspiring.

  • ginew

    Jeeranut Noikhong from ginew said 4 years ago

    Love your white works Congratulations.

  • amayakind

    Holly Amaya from amayakind said 4 years ago

    Beautiful work. Very nice. So good for you, for sticking to what you believe in and not losing sight of your vision. You are in control.

  • elizabethforster

    elle and belle Forster from elleandbellejewelry said 4 years ago

    Your work is beautiful. Staying true to yourself and your roots is important. Much applause.

  • WhimsyCollage

    Allie Kelley from WhimsyCollage said 4 years ago

    This was a wonderfully inspiring interview. Thank you, ETSY, for putting a successful and hardworking artist in front of me this morning.

  • jaanatoome

    aNyA from SugarAndChaiVintage said 4 years ago

    yes! clay is one of the best materials to work with! and you're doing it fabulously! beautiful shop.

  • foong

    Wendy Boey from foong said 4 years ago

    lovely!

  • toomejaana

    MT from SevenSeasPage said 4 years ago

    Lovely shop, a very inspiring interview, thank you!

  • JimSumner

    Jimmy and Monique from polymeryay said 4 years ago

    Simply amazing. I want to work harder after reading and seeing the photos.

  • divinecartomancy

    Bren from PsychicBren said 4 years ago

    I love your ideas and your thoughts about how to conduct business. I also like your mind set, especially when you had said, that your not helping someone else build their dreams. This is the spirit and mind thought of a true entrepreneur. This is the mind set that I'm sure most of us on Etsy carry. Speaking for my self, this would be true. I also love that your paying it forward. This mind set definitely comes with huge returns and rewards. I do this thru the support and help that I offer other Shop owners. I think that we should all do our best to pay it forward, only good will come from it. Thank you for sharing your story with us. Truly you are creative. Divine.

  • CenteredClayWorks

    Cheryl Robinson from CenteredClayWorks said 4 years ago

    Michele, I'm so happy they featured you! I love your work and your story, especially the part about the clay covered shirt and dirty jeans. It's so hard to clean up to work with mud;). Congratulations on your success.

  • lanamur1

    Lana Mur from FiveOceanTribe said 4 years ago

    Absolutely beautiful ,Congrats on the feature :)!!!

  • CenteredClayWorks

    Cheryl Robinson from CenteredClayWorks said 4 years ago

    Michele, I'm so happy they featured you and your work. I loved the comment about the 'dirty jeans and clay covered shirt', it's hard to clean up to work with mud;). Congratulations on your success!

  • JasminBlancBoutique

    Erika Iozsa from JasminBlancBoutique said 4 years ago

    Amazing story...I was wondering who truly is behind those amazing pieces I keep seeing all over Etsy :) It was so nice to finally see you featured! xx, Erika

  • pamelalindell

    Pamela Lindell from TradeFare said 4 years ago

    THANK YOU for the inspiration ♥

  • HUNTERSCROSSINGS

    Sharon Kay Stouffer Derflinger from HUNTERSCROSSINGS said 4 years ago

    Your article was just the inspiration that I needed this morning. I know you love what you do cause it shows. Congrats :)!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • HalleyDawn

    Halley Dawn from HalleyDawn said 4 years ago

    I loved this article! So inspiring! Congratulations on all of your successes

  • nicolewclark

    Nicole Clark from nicolewclark said 4 years ago

    Your work is beautiful, and I really enjoyed your story. Thank you for sharing:)

  • Fullerjewelry

    Jane Fuller from Hoopsetc said 4 years ago

    Beautiful in it's simplicity... lovely pieces. Congrats on the feature, well deserved!

  • artXchic

    Hannah M. from artXchic said 4 years ago

    Your work is so delicate and beautiful. Congrats on a great article :)

  • OttomanGift

    Ömer Tatar from YaFur said 4 years ago

    well done

  • SissyLittle

    Sissy Little from SissyLittle said 4 years ago

    Your story is beautiful and really shows in your work! Just Awesome!!

  • candacehernandez

    Candace from JUNQFUSION said 4 years ago

    Great interview, I found your story inspiring as a woman. Keep up the good work!

  • unflappableproducts

    unflappableproducts from unflappableproducts said 4 years ago

    I love your work! And your studio and your way of expressing your life and your craft-love the vintage!

  • BacktoZero

    Lingke from BacktoZero said 4 years ago

    Beautiful shop! Love your creations! And love your studio, especially the packaging area!! :) Congrats on the feature :)

  • jnoikhong

    Jeeranut Noikhong from Thaitreasure said 4 years ago

    So beautiful Congratulations.

  • fireflynotes

    Sandy from fireflynotes said 4 years ago

    Your work is amazing and the studio is dreamy!! So incredibly organized!! Great work!!

  • brokenasphalt

    Chris from brokenasphalt said 4 years ago

    Totally awesome. Just love those planters!

  • WingedWorld

    Vickie Moore from WingedWorld said 4 years ago

    Your story is so inspiring and your products are lovely!

  • Yvonne4eyes

    Yvonne Wilson from Yvonne4eyes said 4 years ago

    Congrats...your pieces are stunning. Your story is such a blessing to me as eye too am on my artistic journey. Stay true to you and eye wish you continued success!

  • irinisklavounou

    irini from IrinisWorld said 4 years ago

    It is true. Upscaling can be a real trap in many ways. Balancing demand with employees. Keeping designs fresh when the pressure is to make the same successful item. If you get really successful you might even find you are no longer actually making anything yourself and end up sitting in an office all day.....and worrying all night.....Keeping it all in a comfortable scale is a great challenge.

  • LilDebbie

    Debs Silks from DebsSilkRose said 4 years ago

    Great work, you give me so much inspiration when you said "all things in do time". Continued success!

  • cubiciti

    Addy Widjaja from cubiciti said 4 years ago

    What a beautiful shop! Love your white work! Congrats on the feature! Wishing you much continued success!

  • sukran

    Sukran Kirtis from SukranKirtisJewelry said 4 years ago

    Congrats on the feature, really a sweet shop

  • CeciliaBahenaArt

    Ceci Chenault from AlohaMauiCreations said 4 years ago

    Yes, there is nothing better than being your own boss! Love your art.

  • 777carolala

    Caroline Barbosa from OldSoulVintageltd said 4 years ago

    Wow! I love the deer in the terrarium and the studio photos.

  • AntoinettesWhims

    Antoinette from AntoinettesWhims said 4 years ago

    Wonderful story! Congrats to you and wishing you continued success! I must say though that I now have a bad case of shipping station envy. Nice set up!

  • ripecardsandjewelry

    Adriana from ripeshop said 4 years ago

    Gorgeous pieces and wonderful interview! Many congrats - I love all the pictures of your work space and studio :)

  • laceyanne29

    Lacey Schoeneman from TheEclecticHome said 4 years ago

    Stunning and unique work. I am impressed.

  • NellywithWings

    Nelly V from NellywithWings said 4 years ago

    Lovely feature. I love the strength and self-confidence this seller portrays.

  • TheHickoryTree

    Linda from TheHickoryTree said 4 years ago

    It's wonderful to see a Yooper as the featured seller. I love the UP and will think of you and your wonderful shop when we drive through Ispeming and Negaunee next week on our way to Houghton/Hancock.

  • VintageLoot

    Jennifer Johnson from VintageLoot said 4 years ago

    Love the light bulb candle holders!!

  • junquegypsy

    junquegypsy from junquegypsy said 4 years ago

    Congrats on this feature and your Yooper success from a fellow Michigander below the bridge!

  • lkoski5

    Lisa from WintertimeDesigns said 4 years ago

    Hi Michele! Congratulations! Imagine my surprise when I decided to read your story and found out you are a fellow "yooper." I just opened my own Etsy shop last month. I was born and raised in the town that houses your shop and my mother and grandmother worked in the building of which you speak. Like you, I still live in this area though in the even smaller town of Three Lakes just past Michigamme. It was so nice to read your story and to see that you are living your dream!

  • opendoorstudio

    Martha Layton Smith from opendoorstudio said 4 years ago

    not only are you wonderfully talented, but your work space is amazing! i would give anything to have such a space! well done! LOVE your shop!

  • perfectlycloudy

    Sharna R from PerfectlyCloudy said 4 years ago

    Such a beautiful feature! It is amazing to see the power that comes from being able to create things that people love and the joy it brings! Sharna

  • Lilacskye

    Kate Bauer from MilkandHoneybread said 4 years ago

    I adore this post and the story behind it. It's so encouraging to read about how much she put into her work and it was not fully noticed until a year later. Everything does happen in it's own time when it's meant to, and something really inspiring to hear as a fellow Etsy seller. Hopefully all our days will come! I love helping out the small business. Staying true to yourself is key.

  • joeyday

    Joanna Day from JoannaDayPhotography said 4 years ago

    Your work is beautiful!! My first job in high school was actually working for a small ceramic business using the same slip casting method. I had to cast & open the molds. :) This feature was exciting to see that there are artists still using this same method. Lovely work and congratulations on this feature :)

  • kblydenburgh

    Kelly from TheCountryCrab said 4 years ago

    I totally respect the time and effort you invest in your art, and the results are beautiful, unique and original. Stay true, stay you!

  • titusstephanie

    Stephanie and Jennifer from SoireeSupply said 4 years ago

    Very inspiring. Thank you!

  • plumcreek22

    Anne from plumcreek22 said 4 years ago

    Congratulations on the future.....Hello from the Lower Peninsula!!

  • rosalynvintage

    Rosalyn Martz from rosalynvintage said 4 years ago

    Simply amazing! Congratulations :)

  • LeasaMarie

    Leasa from LeasaDesigns said 4 years ago

    I love your story, love your space! Way to go! Now Enjoy~

  • skyvalleyjewelry

    Jennifer from skyvalleyjewelry said 4 years ago

    I loved this story and your attitude in life !

  • TrendyThreadworks

    Phyllis Bourque from TrendyThreadworks said 4 years ago

    What a great story. I admire your commitment to stay the course that is in your heart! Congrats on the feature!

  • OwlandMouse

    OwlandMouse from OwlandMouse said 4 years ago

    One of the best gifts I've been given is a set of your egg planters! I bring them out every spring and plant new seedlings in them!

  • KASTina

    Kristina Ilickovic from Kastina said 4 years ago

    beautiful store, congrats;))!!

  • MrPimm

    Meghan P from BustinCaps said 4 years ago

    Very Beautiful Work. Cheers!

  • IlluminatedPerfume

    Roxana from IlluminatedPerfume said 4 years ago

    Such beautiful work and what a glorious studio!

  • LaurasHandmadeGifts

    Laura from LaRoHandmades said 4 years ago

    wow, it's such an inspiring story! and I love your work space too, looks so simple and beautiful.

  • Mahjak

    Mahjak from Mahjak said 4 years ago

    Beautiful! The white porcelain is so pure and simple. I love the 'machine' you use to pack your boxes as well! What a clever idea. Those foamy packaging bits always end up all over the floor for me!

  • violetblu25

    Lynn from CanyonVault said 4 years ago

    Inspirational and uplifting interview! I'll be opening a shop soon on Etsy and I think I'll print this and hang it in my studio!.

  • violetblu25

    Lynn from CanyonVault said 4 years ago

    Inspirational and uplifting article. I'll be opening my shop soon on Etsy and I think I'll print this article and hang it in my studio! Way to go!!!!

  • InglesidePottery

    Laine from InglesidePottery said 4 years ago

    Your work is amazing, and your studio...it really is a dream space to work. Congratulations!

  • LuxuryConsumption

    Lola and Victoria from LuxuryConsumption said 4 years ago

    Such a great studio and workspace! And your white porcelain pieces are amazing gift ideas, especially with mother's day coming up.

  • LushWreathWorks

    Jenny Doughty from LushWreathWorks said 4 years ago

    Beautiful shop and I LOVE those porcelain Mason jars! Congrats!

  • BethMillner

    Beth Millner from BethMillnerJewelry said 4 years ago

    Way to go Michelle!!! Proud Yooper moment!

  • richardlithgow

    Richard Lithgow from RichardLithgow said 4 years ago

    Nice work and great studio!!!

  • JewelsbyJasmin

    Jasmin Smith from JewelsbyJasmin said 4 years ago

    Beautiful work! I love the egg shells :) Congrats on the feature.

  • BloomysBaubles

    Kim Bloomberg from KimBloombergDesigns said 4 years ago

    Very cool process and beautiful outcome. Congrats on the feature!!!

  • Iammie

    iammie from iammie said 4 years ago

    Neat work! Congrats on the feature! :)

  • LonBrauerStudios

    Djuana (doo WAH nah) Tucker from LonBrauerStudios said 4 years ago

    These pieces are so, so gorgeous!!!! I had the best time looking through your shop and favoriting bunches of items. :) Congrats on the feature!!!

  • brookeelissa

    Brooke from brookeelissa said 4 years ago

    Love your passion for what you do! Congratulations on the feature it is well deserved. Thank you for sharing our inspiring story.

  • silverwren

    Michelle from TheSilverWren said 4 years ago

    Wonderful interview and beautiful art! Congratulations...

  • silverwren

    Michelle from TheSilverWren said 4 years ago

    Such a wonderful interview and beautiful art! Congratulations...

  • PinkPianos

    Hilary Hahn from PinkPianos said 4 years ago

    I really love the designs and your story!

  • kerriari

    Kerri from ResparkableVintage said 4 years ago

    what a great post- i love your studio, and am so glad that living in your small town, you're able to have your beautiful creations seen all over the world! i have the YALE lock- it is so cool to see a ceramic version of it. so happy to have found your shop!

  • neopolitanhawaii

    neopolitanhawaii from neopolitanhawaii said 4 years ago

    Wow! Your passion is reflected in your beautiful creations. Congratulations.

  • makemesmilejewelry

    cheryl wagner from MakeMeSmileJewelry said 4 years ago

    Michele,Thank you for your inspirational and encouraging words...it's rough here on Etsy...lots of competition and I am pretty new. helps to read stories like yours. I have seen your shop..your things I just love. I was born in raised in Clarkston,Michigan...little town in the lower peninsula. I know the town your ceramic studio is in!!! Thank you for sharing yourself w/all of us!!! :)

  • monedge

    Jose Lopez from Monedge said 4 years ago

    Great interview, really love discovering new artists in this way and get some insight into their world.

  • AMSkrafts

    AMSkrafts from AMSkrafts said 4 years ago

    You have beautiful work, and I so much admire that you decided it was not best to sell your work with a large retailer. Your small animals and candles are so sweet, congratulations on your success and good luck on your future endeavors!

  • estoite

    Adeline Sutiswan from Estoite said 4 years ago

    you're so inspiring! love love!

  • Jozzzz

    Jozzzz from JOZZaccessories said 4 years ago

    lovely!!!

  • JANNYSGIRL

    Natashja from JannysGirl said 4 years ago

    Love your story Michele! I have always admired your shop, Congrats on the feature Michigan neighbor :)

  • MoonstoneHoney

    Mikey Bush from MoonliteCreationz said 4 years ago

    Loved your interview! You have beautiful work and l just love the egg planters. I have just started my business here on Etsy and your words were very encouraging. Also I love your studio. Thanks for sharing with us.

  • sergklim

    Serg Klim from sergklim said 4 years ago

    Awesome work!

  • kellypercival

    Kelly Percival and Molly Rose from livingwithrepurpose said 4 years ago

    Wow. You have created these beautiful objects, but more importantly, you have created the life you want to live, in so many aspects! I appreciate that you keep coming back to the humble, but oh so important spot of keeping that personal identity connected to your work. And I appreciate that you are thinking of benefitting others as you are benefitting. Congratulations on your feature and on achieving all that you have!! May this day be another best day of your life!!

  • DeepSilence

    Sonja Bikić from DeepSilence said 4 years ago

    So good.

  • joliefemme

    Diana from joliefemme said 4 years ago

    To never compromise your vision, that really speaks to me. Thanks for a great article!

  • HModine

    Weeping Grove from WeepingGrove said 4 years ago

    I loved your story...beautiful work!!

  • raleighraine

    C.S. said 4 years ago

    Congratulations on the feature Michele! Your work is beautiful and I admire the fact that you decided not to sell your work with a large overseas retailer. Good luck on your future endeavors! :)

  • Kam2012

    Kam from RiverGoddessBoutique said 4 years ago

    Gorgeous items! Really glad you stuck to your principles.

  • glitterandstones

    glitterandstones from glitterandstones said 4 years ago

    Congratulations! Beautiful products. Love the egg planters.

  • LanaKoopmanDesign

    Lana Koopman from LanaKoopmanDesign said 4 years ago

    Your work is as inspirational as your story-creating the life you want to live, putting in what you want to get out, and knowing life happens a certain way for reasons you may not understand. Thank you for this article-I'm inspired and much future success to you, Michele!

  • GeorgieGirlLLC

    D George from GeorgieGirlLLC said 4 years ago

    Love your work shop! You work is awesome! Congratulations!

  • corinahenriksen

    Corina Henriksen from iSightUnseen said 4 years ago

    I love your outlook on your business and your products. I've just opened my store a few days ago and it is so nice to read about other peoples stories and success. Thank you for being an inspiration. :-)

  • emberair

    emberair from EmberandAir said 4 years ago

    Beautiful products! Congrats!

  • shabbyone

    Anita Spero from AnitaSperoDesign said 4 years ago

    White is a color , if you ask me. I love the way you use it. Very good stuff.

  • cvetochek

    Darya Kutepova from DaryaKutepova said 4 years ago

    for you have a shop, and you alone!?

  • leahleaf

    Leah Moses from Yumyo said 4 years ago

    wonderful work! and good for you for putting your art and principles first!

  • monopache

    Monopache from Monopache said 4 years ago

    wow! you're so inspiring!

  • fairyshred

    Olga Sergyeyeva-Neemann from fairyshred said 4 years ago

    great story! Love your mailing station!

  • thepeachyathenian

    Lora S from NecktarDesigns said 3 years ago

    beautiful work!

  • klarissa7

    К.Larissa from Kondalaris said 2 years ago

    Очень нежные вещи! Красиво!))

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