Melodie Grace likes natural light and lots of it. That factors in heavily on the joy she is experiencing in her studio at The Clay Lady Co-op on Lebanon Pike. Melodie’s room sits on the southeast corner, second floor, with both exterior walls filled with windows. She fights back against the extra heat this brings to bear in the dog days of summer with a cherished window air conditioner, much envied by her co-op compadres. She likes the combination of solitary space and shared space, the best of both worlds. When she’s really into it, she can close her door and slip into the zone. When it’s time to fire a batch in the corporate kiln, use shared equipment, join her fellow artists for a bite of lunch and/or encouragement, or place some of her latest creations in the joint gallery space, out into the common area she goes. Back in her studio, she may be at the potter’s wheel forming the basic shape, in one of two comfy easy chairs carving relief into bisque, or sitting on a stool at what was her first ever kitchen table, a stainless steel beauty that has a convenient lower rack. A good amount of cabinets and shelves for storage and even a mini-display case facing the glass wall against a common area where she shows a handful of her unique pieces. Poignant remembrances dot Melodie’s environment, including her much loved and revered grandmother’s pottery tools and ceramic magazines from the 1960’s as well as Melodie’s first firings from college days. This artist is in a good place right now in so many ways.
From the artist: “I’m so passionate about my work. Don’t get me started, because I can go from zero to pottery-nerd in about 10 seconds.”