Graduating in 1993 with a BA (Hons) in Art Education Studies from The University of Wales, Melissa embarked on a successful full time career working with her chosen medium of sculpture made predominantly using traditional forging techniques.
Please contact Melissa if you would like to visit or to discuss commissioning a sculpture or work for your house or garden. Working with clients to create pieces that fulfil their requirements and challenge design and making skills id an enjoyable aspect of Melissa's work.
If you are new to the commissioning process, Melissa can give you some advice and guidance. Usually larger projects or purchases are paid in instalments which often helps both parties!
2012 ‘Driftway Imprint’ Bronze and steel sculpture at The Slade, Oxford for Oxford City Council.
2011 Selected artist, Wootton and Drysandford community centre project.
2010 Knowle House entrance gates in white.
2009 Rabley Contemporary Drawing Centre, entrance gates and side panels.
2009 Stockcross House, Newbury, double garden gates and panels in red.
2008 Westbury Chantry Court commission, double vehicle gates and railings.
2006 Greatham Primary School, Hampshire. National Lottery artist in residence.
2002 'Jubilation' 4 m stainless steel sculpture. Private commission, Wiltshire
2001 Chippenham Town Bridge Competition. Winner of an international competition to design new railings for the main town bridge over the River Avon.
1997 'Sound Waves' Wall-mounted entrance piece for Dolby Laboratories European Head Quarters, Wootton Bassett, Wiltshire.
Feature on Melissa at work.
Rabley Barn Gates Commission
First aired in 2007 and repeated since, Melissa was talking about her role as a blacksmith in society today and the positive challenges of female blacksmiths. Producer Isobel Eaton spent a morning at her forge and tried her hand at blacksmithing. Listen again