Hello, Melissa here, the person behind Melissa's Melting Pot.
I am a glass and enamel artist and like nothing better than being creative in my home studio based in Knowle.
Where I started...
I began my glass journey through a series of happy chance encounters, first with the fabulous Ray Skene who allowed me to make a bead on his exhibition stall at the NEC. Following this I attended Flame Off and became hooked on hot glass...
Another little fact for you: I am half Turkish and visit my family in Türkiye every year. One summer I met a flameworker called Ramazan on the Çalış promenade, who taught me flameworking each evening whilst over there.
I very quickly discovered that I loved the magic that working with glass has...
...this can come in so many forms from Enamelling and Flameworking to Fused Glass or Glassblowing!
I work from my small studio in Knowle, and each piece is designed and created by me. I love a challenge and learning new techniques/skills to use in my work.
I am represented by several galleries and take part in art fairs and open studio events. Recently I have taken part in both Warwickshire Open Studios and Birmingham Open Studios.
I also give talks to groups, offer school workshops and teach small group workshops from various locations. Through using my skills as a primary and early years specialist, I love to run workshops for all ages from my studio!
If you would like to commission a piece then please feel free to get in touch via the contact form.
What am I working on now...?
I am working as a part time glass artist creating my own work to exhibit and sell. I also have a few other roles too...
I work as a glassblowing assistant for Kayleigh Young at Station Glass, which is located in a converted train station in Shenton on the Bosworth Heritage Railway.
I work as an Art Psychotherapist for two charities; SAMM (Support After Murder and Manslaughter) and Safeline.
I also am a qualified primary/early years teacher.