Michelle Postma is a ceramic artist, painter, educator, and adventure enthusiast living in Missoula, MT. She received her BFA in ceramics from the University of Georgia and is pursuing her MFA at the University of Montana. Michelle enjoys the dynamic cycle of learning and teaching. She is currently teaching drawing for the University of Montana and has instructed in a variety of avenues including: pottery, riflery, backpacking, and skiing. She gets her best thoughts while hiking, biking, swimming, and running. The best thing technology has done is enable Michelle to dictate notes during these activities, which just looks like her biking and yelling poetry at her phone.
Working from a foundation of narrative tradition, she paints with ink and monoprints ceramic tiles with characters and symbols. For her, this involves translating her observations and experiences into symbol and metaphor. She uses her ever-evolving narrative language to tell non-linear stories. The process of creating the story allows her to reflect and informs how she moves through the world. In Montana, where the environment is casually epic and the mountain people are kind and gritty, she is constantly inspired and challenged.
“Exploration is the physical expression of intellectual passion.” – Apsley Cherry-Garrard