Who We Are

Michele Diener

Michele’s first experience with wood was producing a pinhole camera in a high school photography class. It opened her eyes to all that was possible designing something that was beautiful and actually worked. She continued studying photography in college, but found that sculpture and design was in her heart and thus the transition into the three dimensional world began. After college she held many positions in the art and craft worlds, honing her fabrication and design skills. They ranged from gallery/museum preparator and technician to artist assistant to machinist. Once she settled at the The Exploratorium in 2004, , she constructed a range of interactive exhibits, furniture and public art pieces. She left in 2010 to study at the College of the Redwoods Fine Furniture Program in northern California which inevitably led her on a search to find a shop where she could build furniture on commission. Luckily the Offerman Woodshop is where she landed and has been ever since.You can see more of Michele’s work at michelediener.com