Melissa Ashlee Michel was born in Los Angeles County and raised in the Southern California Mojave Desert. She was first introduced to ceramics in high school through an inspiring and supportive high school teacher. She later earned her BFA focusing in ceramics at the University of Tennessee. Melissa has been creating work since but became a full time traveling potter in 2016. She travels across America, teaching and producing her work in different studios in the cities that most attract her. She absorbs the culture and energy of each city she visits and transforms it into designs that adorns the surfaces of her pots.
Scumugs was established in 2010 with an obsession to make unique, one of a kind, decorative yet functional mugs.
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