About

My mum calls me Magpie

Michelle was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta, Canada and her work is influenced by the nature and experiences of Western Canada. Colours and textures of the prairie landscape are visible in all her works. From vivid colours to deep wheat and grass impressions within the glass help tell the story of a woman who grew up on the western landscape of Canada.Michelle Atkinson graduated (with honours) from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology, New Media Production & Design program in 2003 and has been developing her graphic design skills ever since. She is now an internationally awarded graphic designer who is studying kiln-formed glass in the off hours of the ‘day job’. Since 2010 she has taken many glass related courses in Las Vegas, Nevada (Unites States) and Calgary, Alberta (Canada). Many fundamental design concepts cross-over both mediums (graphic design and glass), experimentation with glass processes help to form the direction for her glass work.

Artist Statement
In my childhood my family would vacation to the ocean most every summer, the textures, shapes and glossy mystery of the ocean and what might live within its depths would bewitch me. Driving back and forth through the Rocky mountains, it was hard not to be humbled by the vast scale and geometry of the peaks and valleys. Enjoying the calming beauty of farmer’s fields and prairie roads engulfed with beautiful trees and grasses. These seductive natural elements are the base for much of my work today. The juxtaposition of sharp geometry and flowing curves in nature mimics the characteristics of glass perfectly. Sharp yet smooth, flowing but strong, subtle yet powerful.

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Education
2013 Glass Craft and Bead Expo (Molds, Casting, Sandblasting, Inlays, Marketing)
2012 University of Calgary (UofC), Making Art Your Business
2010 Tiffany House, Beginner Fused Glass & Beginner Lamp-working
2009 Alberta Collage of Art And Design (ACAD), Typography
2003 Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT), New Media Production and Design

Retail Locations
2015/16 Whyte Museum of the Canadian Rockies – Gallery Shop, Banff
2015 OAG – Okotoks Art Gallery – Gallery Shop, Okotoks
2013-15 The Heather Co., Calgary2013 Art Gallery of Calgary Shop, Calgary
2013 Adorn Boutique, Calgary
2012 Featured Artist, Effective Health Solutions, Calgary
2011-13 Nine Cafe, CalgaryGroup Shows
2017 Make it! The Handmade Revolution, Calgary (November 2-5)
2017 Etsy: Made in Canada, Calgary (September 22, 23)
2017 Connections: Roberto Ostberg Gallery, Calgary
2016 Spruce Meadows International Christmas Market, Calgary
2016 Fall Show, New Craft Coalition, Calgary
2016 Etsy: Made in Canada, Calgary
2016 Artist Ranch, Calgary Stampede, Calgary
2016 Spring Show, New Craft Coalition, Calgary
2015 Art Market, Calgary
2015 Spruce Meadows International Christmas Market, Calgary
2015 Coming Up Next, Alberta Craft Council, Edmonton
2015 Spring Show, New Craft Coalition, Calgary
2015 Spring Show, Calyx Distinctive Arts, Calgary
2014 Last Minute Pop-up Shop, The Heather Co., Calgary
2014 Art Market, Calgary
2014 Millarville Christmas Market, Millarville
2014 State of Art Society Fall Show, Calgary
2014 Etsy: Made in Canada – Day Market, Calgary
2014 Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ Equi-fair, Calgary
2014 Spring Show, Calyx Distinctive Arts, Calgary
2013 Marda Loop Craft Show & Home Expo!, Calgary
2013 Holiday Season, Market Collective, Calgary
2013 Fall Show, Calyx Distinctive Arts, Calgary
2013 5 Year Anniversary, Market Collective, Calgary
2013 Vanageddon, House Gallery, Calgary
2013 Winter Carnival, Cardel Place, Calgary
2012 Horror 3, House Gallery, Calgary
2012 BEYOND An Artisan Marketplace, Calgary

Donations/Sponsorships
2016 Avalanche Canada Foundation, Calgary
2016 Candlelighters Association of Newfoundland and Labrador
2016 Breakfast Club of Canada
2015 Famous 5 Gala – A Taste of Famous 5, Calgary
2015 Gallery Calorie, Artemis Foundation (Made by Momma), Calgary
2015 Helping Families Handle Cancer, Calgary
2015 RCCHP/ARF Golf Tournament, ARF (Animal Rescue Foundation), Calgary
2015 Indulge, Marda Loop Communities Association, Calgary
2014 Gallery Calorie, Artemis Foundation (Families Matter), Calgary
2014 Third Anniversary Special and Fundraiser, Kaboom Hooray!, Calgary
2013 #bikiniespy, Espy, Calgary
2013 Masterpiece Contemporary, The Art Gallery of Calgary, Calgary

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