Melissa is an avowed imperfectionist. Translation: she’s a recovering perfectionist. Each of her pieces is slightly different from the next, with variations in glaze thickness, the occasional smudge or fingerprint that tell you that her very human hands made the objects you're using. “To me these imperfections give my work character,” Melissa says, “and begin to tell a story of a full life, lived imperfectly, but with grace.”
Melissa is a full-time potter, part-time gardener, bee-keeper, chicken-vangelist, as well as a wife and mother. She uses porcelaneous stoneware, porcelain, underglazes, pure cobalt washes, and food-safe glazes for durability and safety.
Her work is inspired by vintage treasures like retro egg cups and cafe´au lait bowls in sunny cheery colors. She also draws inspiration from antique Japanese pottery and Victorian transferware, especially the flow blue with its smudgy edges and running images that she seeks to turn into contemporary objects of beauty and usefulness.