Michelle presenting a custom mosaic hubcap to Jay Leno for his birthday.
Arts 4 A Cause fundraiser at Mission Lutheran Church in Laguna Niguel
Awarded The 2012 Visual Artist Founder's Favorite from Heidi Luerra of RAW Artists
Ms. America International with a custom pendant designed by Michelle at The 2013 Oscars
Her love for the environment and creating art from recycled materials was a perfect fit. Rescued items can be seen in many of her art pieces.
Her jewelry designs began as a way to spread her "mini art" to Celebrities at gifting suites in LA. Her pendants became a hit with the celebs and led to tv, film, music videos and red carpet events.
Her favorite work is creating custom pieces that are made from sentimental belongings. "To touch someone's heart and bring them joy is why I am an artist."
"The Smashgirl" Michelle Pugh
Michelle relocated this year to downtown Phoenix where she resides in her dream loft with her pets Lucy and Lily.
A California born girl, Michelle was raised in Orange County and spent her summers surrounded by the art of Laguna Beach. It wasn't until her late 30's that she found her passion while taking a mosaic class taught by Laguna Beach artist Sherry Bullard.