Originally from Toronto, Canada, Melanie moved to London in the early 90s when she was 21 and fell in love with the bright lights, big city and ‘anything goes’ outlook in music, art and fashion. A successful career in marketing and advertising ensued but Melanie’s childhood dream of becoming an artist and her love of ceramics was kept alive through courses in sculpture, drawing and pottery.
In 2003, at Grayson Perry’s Turner Prize winning show, Melanie was captivated by his use of photographic transfers on pottery and irreverent mix of art and craft. She started to explore both digital and screen printing techniques and eventually began experimenting on her own collection of vintage china, firing surreal and quirky designs onto cups, saucers and tea plates; transforming once conservative pieces into something far edgier.
Delighted with the results and the combination of elegance and English eccentricity, Melanie started selling the up-cycled tableware, and due to its increasing popularity launched Melody Rose using her childhood nickname for its moniker. Since then, the company and collections have grown and Melody Rose now produces its own fine bone china tableware with a third-generation pottery in Stoke-on-Trent, as well as tantalising textiles also manufactured in the UK.