Melody is an artist who “writes, walks, photographs and makes things in clay and metal”. Her practice focuses on the interaction between people and places, especially urban spaces, and the narratives and observations that emerge when we explore a location: “I am interested in how people form their meaning of the city: the city as personal archaeological site, with its own evidence and clues, fragments just waiting to be unearthed.”
She has a background in Museum Education, working for many years as an Education officer in the Pitt Rivers Museum, the Ashmolean Museum and the Corinium Museum. She has a degree in Ancient History and Archaeology from the University of Edinburgh, an MA in Museum Studies from the University of Newcastle, and has recently graduated from Nottingham Trent University, with a First class honours degree in Decorative Arts. There she specialised in ceramics and metal, experimented with all sorts of wonderful materials; glass, wood, plastics, textiles, paper etc, and found her love of making. While working on a research degree at the Royal College of Art, she realised that writing was a key part of her practice, and that making is the language she uses within her writing.
These experiences fuelled her passion for the objects we create and use, as well as for engaging people with these objects: “As an education officer, I was facilitating an understanding, enabling people to ‘read’ the objects and to learn from them. My role was to help find some common ground between people and the objects, so that they might be open to looking and discovering some meaning in them for themselves. And this is what I think it’s all been about for me. Wanting to know about the experiences of living, of people in the past, of people now, through the objects we make and use. How objects represent so many things, and can mean different things to different people. How an object has a journey of its own, and how its meaning can shift and alter depending on who interacts with it.”
Melody has exhibited her ceramic work nationally, worked on commissions in the UK and the Netherlands, and delivered projects involving the public. She understands the unique madness that is the life of a craft maker in the early stages of their career, and how vital it is to find support and a network of like-minded people.
Drawing on her past experiences, in her new role as a creative consultant for emerging makers, she hopes her passion for working with people and objects will translate into the successful promotion and support of craft makers.