Eroding hillsides, the swirling ripple on water's surface, rhythmic patterns of ocean flora and fauna all provide me with endless relationship intrigue. Their associated shadow and reflection, sound, smell, and effortless energy feeds my inner spirit and initiate creative concept by revealing a story to challenge my expression using elements that demand physical involvement in building form and surface to expose the energy and freedom of spirit. Using stoneware or earthenware, I hand-build my sculptural forms to preserve this symbolic gesture of energy, coiling of the clay while frequently paddling the form's surface to feel and understand its inner resonance, reminiscent of tidal rhythm and flow, as each form evolves with unique movement. I then add intuitive marks, oxide stains (usually copper and iron), slips, and color-tinted underglaze to establish a surface visual to express an edge of uncertainty and vulnerability with the power to initiate a dialogue with the story discovered within – a story that invites pause and ultimately engages my next move.
Shown are samples of Melanie's work. Call for price and additional visuals.