Michelle Stambaugh - Woman to Watch Class of 2015

Artist at Mud-Luscious

Classic Image Photography

Michelle Stambaugh is a self-taught potter who has been dabbling in creativity all of her life. After doing hair professionally for 20 years, she turned to clay. Michelle participated in many art festivals displaying her work of functional and decorative pottery, jewelry and wall decor for several years before opening Mud-Luscious in downtown Dowagiac, Michigan. Taking over this business opened up the world of "junking" to Michelle. Re-trashioning was added to her portfolio. Discarded furniture and random pieces were "re-trashioned" into funky and useful decor. Her pottery has been shipped worldwide and she has also had the opportunity to travel to Angola, Africa and do pottery alongside those beautiful woman! Michelle lead worship for 10 years at Sister Lakes Community Church, lead senior high youth alongside her husband for 15 years and currently is part of the leadership of Woman's ministry. Michelle is currently the resident artist at "Rosy Tomorrows" in downtown Dowagiac.

Just In A Day's Work: 

What do you love about your job?
When someone uses a mug I designed every morning for their cup of morning coffee and tells me it's their favorite mug, someone has me create a piece of jewelry for a special occasion or a special someone, or someone has me fashion a bowl for their daughter’s wedding. I am reminded that what I am saying with my hands in the creating process is being kept by someone or passed on as a gift of love. I love being a maker of things that tell a story to someone. A maker of things that are just meant to make someone feel happy. I get to do that each and every day.
What is/are your career goal(s)?
I would like to have more of an audience for my pottery and jewelry. I would like to delve more into multimedia, reassembling tossed aside pieces and other
mediums with my pottery concentrating on having a recognizable line of pieces. I would love to be published in my favorite magazine "Where Women Create." It would be a great honor to be considered to be alongside some of the woman that have inspired me in my artistic pursuits, and to possibly be the source of inspiration for someone else.
What is your single best piece of advice for women in business?
Never give up! Never!
Who inspires you professionally?
Women who are makers of beautiful things. Women who tell their story through their work. Women who inspire women. Women who are creative and have successfully managed to create what they must in the midst of taking care of everything else.
Do you have a professional mentor? How have they helped you succeed?
My friends have been my mentors. They have helped me succeed by believing in what I have to offer and never letting me quit.

The Balancing Act: 

What does “success” mean to you?
Weathering the storm. Sticking it out, working hard at what you love to do and believe in with your whole heart!
What’s your best secret to “having it all?"
Believing that I CAN have it all, but not all at once. Taking one beautiful thing at a time.
What is your favorite non-work activity or hobby?
Riding on the back of our Harley Davidson motorcycle.
How do you stay organized?
I don't. But, I do I try to have a place for everything and everything in its place. Two key words: I try.
What is your favorite form of stress relief?
A bubble bath and a glass of wine. I wish I could say it was exercise!

10 SASSY Facts About Michelle Stambaugh:

Favorite TV Show:
American Idol
Favorite Scented Candle:
Swan Creek Cashmere and Cypress
Favorite Dessert:
My Homemade Pie
Favorite Beauty Product?
What do you and your family enjoy doing on the weekends?
I spend most Saturdays at Rosy Tomorrows and my husband is a pastor so our weekends aren't usually our leisure time. In the summer, we will take out the boat, go to a movie, visit new places on the motorcycle, spend time with our granddaughter, check out the area restaurants, play games and sometimes just sit on the couch or on the porch and just be together.
What do you think makes up a Sassy woman?
A sparkle in their eye when you are sharing your dreams and fun with them, a tear in their eye when you are hurting and a hug and a little dance for you when you tell them your dreams just came true. Believing in themselves as you watch them live life with determination, grit, grace and a little bit of pure spunk! All the while everyone knows that the strength to do all of that comes from her Father above leading her every step of the way.
Biggest Pet Peeve:
Smart phones instead of smart conversation over dinner.
What did you want to be as a kid growing up?
A teacher
What makes you feel the SASSIEST?
My thyroid medication and some really sweet boots!
If you were a shoe, describe what you would be and why?
I would be a pair of funky, chunky boots because they scream "let's not be too serious!"

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