About

EDUCATION

 

Washington University, St. Louis, MO

M.F.A. Ceramics and Glass

May 1989

Miami University, Oxford, OH

B.F.A. Ceramics

Minor: Art Education
May 1986

 

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SELECT WORK
EXPERIENCE

 

Zaximo Studios- St. Louis, MO

www.zaximo.com

1989-present

Personal Studio

Maryville University- St. Louis, MO

2008-2014

1997-1998

Ceramics Instructor

Studio Manager

Sassy Fusion- St. Louis, MO

www.sassyfusion.com

2010-present

Owner- Mobile Glass Education Studio

Craft Alliance- St. Louis, MO

1987-1996

Planning and implementation of new glass program

Glass Instructor

Clay Instructor

 

 

EXHIBITIONS
Select Recent

 

2015 “Space”- Space, St. Louis, MO

2015 “Works in Glass and Oil”- Galesburg Civic Art Center, Galesburg, IL

 

2015 “Art at the Center”- TRCC Gallery, Overland Park, KS

2015 “The Delicate Balance”- Hilton Studio St. Louis, MO

 

2014 “Ann Metzger Memorial Show” - St. Louis Artists’ Guild, St. Louis, MO

2014 “Equanimity- Solo exhibition- William and Florence Schmidt Art Center Belleville, IL

2014 “Good as Gold” - Craft Alliance Gallery, St. Louis, MO

2014 “Emerge” - Bullseye Gallery, Portland, OR

2013 “No-Elles”- PHD Gallery, St. Louis, MO

2013 43rd Mid-Sates Craft Exhibition” -Evansville Art Museum, Evansville, IN

2013 “64 Arts”- Buchanan Center for the Arts, Monmouth, IL

2013 Maryville University Faculty Exhibit” Maryville University, St. Louis, MO

2013 “It’s Not the Heat it’s the Humidity”- St. Louis Artist Guild, St. Louis, MO

2013 “Waterworld” - PHD Gallery, St. Louis, MO

2012 “Art St. Louis XXVII
2012- Art St. Louis, St. Louis, MO

2012 “Chess Inspires Exhibition”- Lambert International Airport St. Louis, MO

2012 “Objects Wasting Space Beautifully”- PHD Gallery, St. Louis, MO

2012 “Transparent Reflections”- Edwardsville Art Center, Edwardsville, IL

2012 “To Be is To Be Perceived”- Bonsack Gallery, St. Louis, MO

2011 “Birds of a Feather”- Main Street Gallery, Edwardsville, IL

2011 “Awards of Excellence Show”- Jacoby Gallery, Alton. IL

2011 “Fine Arts Exhibition”- Jacoby Gallery, Alton, IL

2010 “Rock and Roll Show”- Third Degree, St. Louis, MO

2010 “Pleasant Memories” Maryville University Faculty and Alumni, St. Louis, MO

2010 “MRA Select Show”- St. Louis, MO

2010 “Schlafley”- Maplewood, MO

2010 Craft Alliance May Trunk show featured Artist- St. Louis, MO

2009 “Eighteenth Annual San Angelo National Ceramic Competition”

San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts

2009 “Contemporary Women Artists XV Art as Activism”- 

Foundry Art Center, St. Charles, MO

2009 “Craft Forms” - Wayne Art Center, Philadelphia, PA

2009 “Two New”- Morton J. May Foundation Gallery, St. Louis, MO

 

 

 

 

Select Awards and Publications

 

2015 TRCC Gallery- Jurors Choice Award

2014 St. Louis Magazine September Cover(s)

2014 St. Louis Home and Design Magazine

2013 Missouri Arts Council- Winner of the 2014 Stipend to create the 2014 Missouri Arts Awards

2013 Modern Midewest Magazine- Sea of Glass

2013 Lark Books: 500 Prints on Clay

2012 St. Louis Post Disptach: Artist Feature

2012 Southern Living Magazine

2011 Award of Excellence: Jacoby Art Center

 

 

 

Select Corporate
Collections

 

Architextures- St. Louis, MO

Illinois Cancer Center- Peoria, IL

Nellis AFB Hospital- Las Vegas, NV

TOC- St. Louis, MO

Williams Venker Sanders- St. Louis, MO

Egyptian Inc.- Belleville, IL

Barnes Jewish Hospital- St. Louis, MO

MindActive Digital Marketing- St. Louis, MO

Style Asia- Englewood Cliffs NJ

Coaless- St. Louis, MO

Duggan and Brown- Barrington, IL

LaRue Cretaives- Naples, FL

Lin-con Marketing- Naples, FL

ELM Express- Chicago, IL

TJ Rinn Design- St. Louis, MO

Steelcase Design Partnership- St. Louis, MO

Hamilton-Havens- St. Louis, MO

Vinetto- St. Louis, MO

Med-Tronics- St. Louis, MO

Arbonne International- Chicago, IL

 

 

 

 

Michelle Hamilton

BIO

 

Michelle Hamilton, owner of Zaximo Studios, is a contemporary glass artist. Her passion for botanicals and oceanic sea life lends itself to a collection of glass forms that celebrate complex layering of form, space and shadowing. Their format and design pay homage to the stratified components found in natural sea life and horticultural beds. Michelle describes her glass compositions as sculptural vessels. They investigate motion of wind and water combined with flowing configurations and radial symmetry found in botanicals and sea forms. The translucent and opaque colors are used to create loft and additional depth that not only celebrates the alluring draw of glass but also creates the illusion of a new material that softens with a skin like quality.

Michelle’s award winning art has been feature in magazines, books, in national shows and is found in both corporate and private collections. She was named as one of the international faces in “emerging ideas in new glass concepts and construction” at the Bi-annual Bullseye show in Portland Oregon.

Growing up in St. Louis and then Chicago, Hamilton attended Miami University and earned her Bachelors of Fine Arts in Ceramics and Art Education.  Michelle then moved to Santa Fe, NM. There, she soaked in the traditional Native American clay techniques as well as a concentration in the aesthetics of the supple curves found in Georgia O’Keefe’s flower series. In 1987, Hamilton moved to St. Louis to begin her Master of Fine Arts in ceramics at Washington University were she was introduced to glassmaking. Since that moment, she has been enamored by the complex, optical, brilliance of glass.  Michelle uses both her  technical and conceptual knowledge of clay and glass in her work today.

 

Michelle loves to share her knowledge, skill and artistic vision with many.   She has taught at numerous art institutions, universities and educational platforms. Her fervent dedication and veneration for the arts is shared with her students, it is something she takes great pride in.  They become part of her family as she helps to guide them through their own journey and self-expression with clay and glass as a medium. Finally, Ms. Hamilton is a small business owner that not only runs a successful private glass and clay studio for her own work but has created a mobile glass studio.  She provides classes and hosts glass workshops for both adults and children. 

 

 

 

 Artist Statement

 

 

Michelle Hamilton, owner of Zaximo Studios, is a contemporary glass artist. Her passion for botanicals and oceanic sea life lends itself to a collection of glass forms that celebrate complex layering of form, space and shadowing. Their format and design pay homage to the stratified components found in natural sea life and horticultural beds. Michelle describes her glass compositions as sculptural vessels. They investigate motion of wind and water combined with flowing configurations and radial symmetry found in botanicals and sea forms. 

Michelle’s glass art is created using fused glass techniques, lamp-working and ceramic engineering.  The work is layered and stacked to enhance and increase the depth and negative space that is exposed by organic openings.  These holes naturally occur in glass that is encouraged to draw and flow through the use of combined pieces of glass melting in a kiln atmosphere.  The outcome of these assembled forms draw the viewer’s eye into a curious observation of colors and silhouettes peeking out through parallel, negative spaces.  The translucent and opaque colors are used to create loft and additional depth that not only celebrates the alluring draw of glass but also creates the illusion of a new material that softens with a skin like quality.  But most exciting is the creation of a fourth dimension generated by both shadows and reflected, translucent colors that strata themselves on the wall, ceiling and horizontal platforms. The manifestation of floating off the mounted element compels a feeling of motion and elegant growth found in our natural surroundings. 

Michelle’s award winning art has been featured in magazines, books, in national shows and is found in both corporate and private collections. She was named as one of the international faces in “emerging ideas in new glass concepts and construction” at the international Bi-annual Bullseye show in Portland Oregon.