Drawing inspiration from a lifelong connection with coastlines having had a childhood spent exploring beaches and tidal pools and as an adult living on different coastlines. The shapes and patterns created by the sea have been a constant source of inspiration.

Michelle Aitken recently returned to Seattle have spent the last 15 years working in ceramics in London and Edinburgh. Originally from Seattle where she studied ceramics under Patrick Siler at Washington State University.

She worked with Kate Malone for over eight years in London and Barcelona. She moved to Edinburgh in 2009 where she developed her own ceramics practice at the Adam Pottery Studio and Gallery. In 2015 Michelle returned to Seattle where she now makes hand made ceramics in her studio.

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Another view of the Giant Urchin Bowl commission.... gives you an idea of scale... 

#pnawinterfestival
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join me and mark your calendars for this fantastic local event gone virtual this year! 

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Giant Urchin Bowl Commission all finished! I always make 2, when working on a commission due to all the risks and variables of my favourite medium! 
Thank you to the lovely client for requesting this piece! 

DM me if you would like to commission a piece for yourself!

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One Giant Urchin Bowl done and drying in the kiln...now on to make number 2

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Just hung this Shoreline Collection up for a photo session,  getting ready to add them to my etsy shop... 

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Tests for some new porcelain "Sea Bubble" wall pieces... #experimentalart #ceramics #porcelain #handmade #handbuilding #sculpture #contemporaryceramics #underwater #ocean #sealife #urchin #barnacle #design #texture #coralreef #claylove #crystallineglaze #oceanart #whatimadetoday #design
Spotting Bald Eagles 
#baldeagle #quiettime
Searching the shoreline at Hood Canal. #searchingtheshoreline #hoodcanal
Oysters at Hood Canal #oysters #searchingtheshoreline