“We needed a space that would let us be our creative selves.  A space that would connect us with other like-minded people and allow us to not only bounce ideas off one another, but have the possibility of forming partnerships as well.”  A space that would be open and accessible to every skill level and a variety of different mediums.  Where education and free learning can happen along side of each other.



Michelle holds a BA in Art History from Queen's University as well as a BFA in Product Design from Parson's The New School for Design, in Manhattan.  This education, along with multiple design internships, led her to pursue work as a freelance designer.  After freelancing for a few years, the need for community and access to a creative space led her to open The Shop with co-founder Marissa Gordon.  She currently splits her time between The Shop and her personal ceramics line, Mima.



Victoria is a recent graduate of OCAD university’s Industrial design program, with a focus on ceramic design. By utilizing craft techniques with a minimal design sensibility she aims to create well designed objects with more human elements.  When not working with ceramics, playing with old cameras or hanging out with her cat, she is working with wood in her design studio, This or That.