Michelle Swafford is a ceramic artist living and working in New Orleans, Louisiana. Born and raised in Colorado, Michelle threw her first pots as a teenager in a community center clay program, where she would later become a studio assistant and instructor. She received her Bachelor of Fine Arts in multi-media from the University of Colorado Denver, but continued to study ceramics on the side by attending workshops and classes at local art centers and community colleges. From 2011 to 2014, Swafford was a juried Artist-in-Residence at Baltimore Clayworks in Maryland. She completed a Master of Fine Arts in studio art at Tulane University in 2016, and is currently an Assistant Adjunct Professor in the Tulane University ceramics department. Her most recent body of sculptural work explores emotional and psychological themes of damage and repair through the visual language of the female figure and household objects.