Michelle Knox is a New Jersey native who relocated to the San Francisco Bay Area in 1997. She attended and graduated from The California College of the Arts in 2000. Michelle won both the Saxe Family Scholarship for Pilchuck Glass School and the Richard Ritter Scholarship for Penland School of Crafts. Most recently, Michelle was nominated for the Corning Award from Pilchuck Glass School, after a session as an Artist Assistant in the summer of 2007. Over the past several years, she attended other glass institutes such as Public Glass (San Francisco), Urban Glass (Brooklyn), and BAGI (San Jose). In 2008, she won her first Public Art grant with the Richmond Art Center, to produce a permanent public art piece in the city of Richmond CA. Michelle is currently the Executive Director at Public Glass in San Francisco. She is emerging into her career and shows locally throughout the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond. Some of her venues include the Oakland Museum, The Museum of Craft and Design, and the National Liberty Museums’ annual auction, along with other fine art galleries. Trained classically as a glass blower, Michelle has recently ventured into sculpturing and painting on glass. She has several different bodies of work that have multiply ranges of topics and materials. She states, "The motivation behind making my artwork comes from a deep-rooted desire to affect my world and create a positive sense of self. I completely enjoy the feeling that creating something unique brings to me. I choose glass as a medium because it is so alluring, so fragile and so representational of the human condition. The combination of material in my work allows me to play on the tension and fragility of glass as a metaphor and the rigidness of metal as a foundation to balance that fragility."
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