Inside the Studio : Melisa Dora

I was first introduced to Melisa Dora’s work whilst curating the first Makers House in 2017. I loved the delicacy of her colour pallet and the way that her work can sit with a wide variety of other product styles, often tying the whole show together. So now over to Melisa to show us a glimpse into her South London studio space.

Share a photo of you at work and tell us about your favourite working days.

My favourite working days are Thursday, Friday and Sunday as that's when I am in my studio. I really have to be organised with my work on these 3 days so I am either making work on the wheel, mixing up my own glazes, glazing my work, preparing the kiln or teaching!. There is never a dull moment, but it can be quite tricky at times to fit all of these processes in 3 days of the week.

My favourite working days are Thursday, Friday and Sunday as that's when I am in my studio. I really have to be organised with my work on these 3 days so I am either making work on the wheel, mixing up my own glazes, glazing my work, preparing the kiln or teaching!. There is never a dull moment, but it can be quite tricky at times to fit all of these processes in 3 days of the week.

Tell us a bit about your design process, how do you get started and generate new ideas?

At the moment I am working on bespoke work for clients and coffee shops which actually doesn't leave me that much time in experimenting with my own forms, but I actually love working with people to produce ideas that have been created between me and the client. I really enjoy this process as it takes me out of my comfort zone and pushes me into thinking of designs that I didn't realise I could make. It is usually just a simple scribble on a piece of paper of the shape I want to throw on the wheel and then I work out how much clay I need, then the magic happens:)

At the moment I am working on bespoke work for clients and coffee shops which actually doesn't leave me that much time in experimenting with my own forms, but I actually love working with people to produce ideas that have been created between me and the client. I really enjoy this process as it takes me out of my comfort zone and pushes me into thinking of designs that I didn't realise I could make. It is usually just a simple scribble on a piece of paper of the shape I want to throw on the wheel and then I work out how much clay I need, then the magic happens:)

Do you have a favourite material? (This question may be slightly superfluous when talking to a ceramicist but the image is such a beautiful example of Melisa’s relationship with her process that I couldn’t resist including it!)

Well my favourite material is of course clay :D but my favourite clay is probably the one I am using now which is a white stoneware clay. It is a good canvas for my colourful glazes I use as well.

Well my favourite material is of course clay :D but my favourite clay is probably the one I am using now which is a white stoneware clay. It is a good canvas for my colourful glazes I use as well.

Show us your workspace, are you clean or messy?

I know these are professional photos so I had a little bit of a clean before the photographer arrived:) but I would say I am a tidy worker:) . I like everything to be organised and in its place. Its a bit of a nightmare if my space is not clean as I can't let the clay get contaminated with any materials hanging around.

I know these are professional photos so I had a little bit of a clean before the photographer arrived:) but I would say I am a tidy worker:) . I like everything to be organised and in its place. Its a bit of a nightmare if my space is not clean as I can't let the clay get contaminated with any materials hanging around.

Introduce us to your team

I mainly work on my own in my studio. I make all of my work on the wheel and glaze all of my pieces as well. I have recently got my sister to help me with mixing up glazes and a general tasks around the studio which has been great:D. My boyfriend helps me alot with general business support and advice. He likes to take me out of my comfort zone and always is so positive about everything which really helps in those stressful 'nothing is working' moments.

I mainly work on my own in my studio. I make all of my work on the wheel and glaze all of my pieces as well. I have recently got my sister to help me with mixing up glazes and a general tasks around the studio which has been great:D. My boyfriend helps me alot with general business support and advice. He likes to take me out of my comfort zone and always is so positive about everything which really helps in those stressful 'nothing is working' moments.

Share a snapshot of your Makers House

I have so many dream homes I aspire to!. I just look in ELLE Decoration and fantasize that will be my living room one day!. But for now, here is my plant section of my flat. I made all of the plant pots and vases myself a few years ago when I had alot more time to be making work for myself:).

I have so many dream homes I aspire to!. I just look in ELLE Decoration and fantasize that will be my living room one day!. But for now, here is my plant section of my flat. I made all of the plant pots and vases myself a few years ago when I had alot more time to be making work for myself:).

And finally after all of that behind the scenes action here are Melisa’s products in all of their finished glory!

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I hope you enjoyed seeing behind the scenes of Melisa’s practice, ceramics is such an intensely personal and solo pursuit that it is a privilege to get an insight into her practice. If you would like to find out more about Melisa’s work or even buy a piece then you can head to her website here or at one of our events later in the year.

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Georgia x

Sudio photography by Leanne Dixon http://www.leannedixon.com/