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Melanie dos Remedios is a New Zealand based Contemporary Ceramic Artist. One of a handful of professionally trained potters in the Lakes District. Her work is primarily in stoneware and porcelain clay using wheel-thrown and hand-building techniques.
Melanie specialises in contemporary limited edition high-end dishware for the home and works extensively within the hospitality industry on a commercial basis. Through her sculptural ceramics, she recreates everyday items turning porcelain to furniture or shelves and delves into nature by incorporating reimagined flora and fauna into her ceramic designs.
Melanie carefully hand-crafts, glazes and fires each piece herself. She has a love of glaze chemistry and colour development, and at times colour plays a large part in her work. Melanie develops all her own glazes.
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 with evening pottery classes at Waverley Woollahra Art School in Bondi, Sydney. And upon becoming consumed by making with clay 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, Melanie was invited to work alongside an ex-lecturer, Robert Hawkins, in his hand made 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. Through teaching pottery, she hopes to inspire many generations to begin this most rewarding journey with clay and create a fun, supportive community.
Melanie works under my maiden name, of Macanese (Portuguese/Chinese) heritage and lives on the South Island of New Zealand. It's a visually breathtaking area surrounded by mountains and crystal clear freshwater lakes, the area is part of the Southern Lakes District near Queenstown and Wanaka. Fresh air, skiing and tramping adventures are right at her back door.