Michelle Ryan has completed a joint major BA (Hons) in History of Art and Design & Craft Design at the National College of Art and Design (NCAD) in Dublin. Michelle has participated in numerous juried exhibitions including, Gravur on Tour: Modern European Glass Engraving and Solas: the Glass Society of Ireland. She has exhibited her work internationally in Germany, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, and the Czech Republic. She has received numerous awards in support of her work including, an Erasmus scholarship to study at the Estonian Academy of Art; the Bild-Werk-NCAD partnership scholarship, and the Mainie Jellett Travel Bursary. Her work was selected for the prestigious Stanislav Libenský Awards 2016 and she was awarded a training and residency grant to work with glass engraver, Pavlína Čambalová in the Czech Republic in 2017.