Robbins, North Carolina
Melanie was born and raised in Moore County, smack in the heart of “Pottery Country.” After high school she married, had two children (Clay and Amelia), and went to work for the Sara Lee Corporation. When the plant closed, Melanie was at loose ends.
With the encouragement of her family, Melanie returned to school, enrolling in the Professional Crafts Clay Program (i.e., pottery) at Montgomery Community College in Troy. She received her Associate of Arts degree in 2007. Having been such an outstanding student and potter, Melanie was hired by the head of the program as a part-time instructor. As such, she showed her talents as a teacher, as well as a potter. She has the natural gift of using encouragement and smiles to help students learn and grow. Each student feels he/she is having success – and fun – under her guidance.
Melanie makes her own pottery in her home studio, and she works full time at First Health of the Carolinas in Pinehurst. She says pottery making is hard work, but “it is fun, therapeutic, and rewarding, knowing I have taken a lump of clay and transitioned it into a piece of art to be loved and used by many for years to come.” She would be disappointed if her five wonderful grandchildren, Paisley, Presley, Levi, Mattie, and Coy, were not included in this short biography.