Michelle Sinigayan - Ceramic & Sculpting
Michelle Sinigayan aka “Buko Pan Guerra” is a musician, artist, performer, and construction project manager in the Los Angeles Area. She is excited to be teaching ceramics again after taking a long break. Ceramics has always been a passion for her. She taught Ceramics in Virginia at the Hand Workshop. She also taught art at a Pre-School in Ohio. She has taught music and art privately throughout the years. She will teach the history of ceramics and how it still influences us today in our modern world. She will teach the different design techniques and motifs from different cultures and help students design ceramics in their own voice and inspiration. From functional ware, tiles, non-functional sculptures, and more; students will gain a history of ceramics and education on modern art. She will combine her expertise in digital design, ceramics, sculpting, engineering, music, fashion and modern culture to give students a full spectrum of the art of clay.
She has experience from managing large-scale construction projects to small-scale art/music events. She has assisted and managed construction and design projects over the past 17 years with Fox Broadcasting, Los Angeles Unified School District, Providence Saint Joseph Medical Center, Kaiser, SmithGroup, Parsons, Citadel CPM, Far West Contractors, Northrop Grumman, Port of Long Beach, Lee Romaire Studios, and Walt Disney Imagineering.
She had a long career as an art student at Virginia Commonwealth University (BFA in Crafts 1997). She was a ceramist, furniture maker, print-maker and painter. She continued her studies at Ohio State University in a Post-Undergraduate Non-Degree Program from 1997-1999. She then moved to Los Angeles in 1999 to attend California Institute of the Arts’ MFA Program. She graduated in 2001 as a video and installation artist. After Cal Arts, She got deep into the LA Underground Music scene. She stopped making art and started making music full-time. Her current band is “The Swords of Fatima” who morphs your ideas of Rock or Punk towards a fierce version of Exotic Punk. She is the front woman, guitarist and singer, who plays her guitar in a banjo-styled tuning. She is fascinated by ancient stories and music from all around the world. Since forming in 2006, her and her drummer, Nick Scott, have produced 4 albums on their own label (Long Blade Records) and tour internationally. The latest release from 2014 is titled, "Blazing Toward the Golden Mirage". A fifth album is due to be released in 2020, "Himalayan Freakout".
In 2017, She started an Etsy store called, Bukonia! In 2019, she created a store on RedBubble, also called Bukonia, allowing her to get back into making art, digital paintings. Bukonia is world she creates that is a hybrid of and is inspired by cultures of the past and present: Tibetans, Yakuts, Inuits, Mongolians, Berbers, Bedouins, Gypsies, Southeast Asians, Africans, Egyptians, Middle Easterners, Filipinos, Native Americans and many more. Her DNA results, are a hybrid of all these cultures as well. She makes jewelry, faux fur hats and other winter wear, crocheted bedding, drawings, graphic t-shirts, and refurbished furniture. Her designs on RedBubble can be purchased on more than 60 products from phone cases, bedding, t-shirts, dresses, hoodies and more. She is currently making a design series to support Endangered Species.