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Melanie dos Remedios is a New Zealand based Contemporary Ceramic Artist.
She works primarily with porcelain, using various hand-building techniques. Although, past work is dominated by wheel-thrown stoneware dishware.
Melanie specialises in limited edition anatomical and botanical ceramics. Heavily based on research and a love of history and writing bring together intricately complex, interesting and interactive pieces. Along with delicate cobalt designed dishware to compliment her sculptural work.
Her high-end dishware found her working commercially as a production potter supplying top South Island restaurants up until the pandemic. The last couple of years brought forth the opportunity to slow down and take her work in another direction.
Melanie carefully hand-crafts, glazes and fires each piece herself. She loves glaze chemistry and colour development, and at times colour plays a large part in her work.
Her passion for clay began at senior school and eventually led to her studying Associate Diploma of Arts - Fine Arts, majoring in Sculpture at Hamilton TAFE in Australia. She continued evening pottery classes at Waverley Woollahra Art School in Bondi, Sydney. And upon becoming consumed by making decided to commit to full-time study at Southern Sydney Institute of TAFE, Associate Diploma of Arts - Ceramics, in the mid-'90s.
Towards the end of her study, she was invited to work alongside an ex-lecturer, Robert Hawkins, in his handmade tile business, Volcano Clay. This period was a hugely rewarding time of her life as a maker.
Her love of learning has led her into working, studying and sometimes teaching in the Creative Arts field, as a Silversmith, in Fashion Design and Ceramics.
Melanie works under her maiden name, of Macanese (Portuguese/Chinese) heritage and lives on the South Island of New Zealand. Her studio is based in the heart of Dunedin City, a city rich in heritage, diverse in wildlife and distinctly quirky and fun.