Good day all. I’ve another fabulous artist to introduce. I recently came across the wonderful work of Melanie Roseveare and absolutely had to share it with you. Melanie is a Canadian-born designer and lives in West London where she creates her range of upcycled vintage ceramics – Melody Rose.
Modern Surrealist Upcycled Porcelain Tableware
Melanie takes pretty pieces of antique bone china and breathes new life into them by adding new and vintage images then re-firing the china in her kiln. Once forgotten ceramics are transformed into new hip tableware.
Rock N Roll Upcycled Porcelain Tableware
I got in touch with Melanie to find out more about her work and inspirations…
* Melanie I love your work and use of reclaimed materials. When did your love of vintage and antique ceramics begin?
“My dad was a mildly eccentric collector and liked to collect pieces such as Toby jugs and mad majolica plates. I used to love to play with them when I was really young so I think that’s probably where it all started.”
* And is your home filled with lots of vintage finds now?
“Yes, it is. My favourite piece of furniture is huge old wooden post office ‘pigeon hole’ unit which takes up one whole wall in our living room. It’s filled with ceramics, books, music and wine.”
Urban Nature Upcycled Porcelain Tableware
* So what inspired you to combine vintage images with antique ceramics?
“I like the juxtaposition of the images I use against the original piece. I like to draw attention to the beauty of the original pieces, sometimes transforming and changing the context. I love the way something can be completely transformed with just a small intervention.”
Rock N Roll Upcycled Porcelain Tableware – Pin Up
* The images you use on your ceramics are fun and quirky – where do you find them and what makes you choose them?
“I wanted this collection to be fun, tongue in cheek. I like images that make people smile and laugh or stop in their tracks. I’m constantly looking at new ideas and I often have friends and family giving me books and images to choose from. Deciding on having three themes: Rock and Roll, Urban Nature and Modern SurRealist in the collection helped me stay focused so the images fall within themes.”
Modern Surrealist Upcycled Porcelain Tableware – Butterflies
* Where would you like to take Melody Rose next? Do you have new designs in the pipeline?
“I am constantly working on new designs and I’m planning on adding to my current collection with new designs this spring. I’m also working on a limited edition series which will be out this summer.”
That sounds exciting! Lastly Melanie , (just for fun) if you could be anything other than a designer what do you see yourself doing?
“I love my work and it certainly doesn’t feel like a job at all. The only thing that could budge me would need to involve food…”
I hope you like Melanie’s work as much as i do! To see the full collection hop on over to Melody Rose.