The Ceramist: Melissa Chow

January 23, 2012

I met Melissa when we were both kids working in advertising. She and my pug Olive took an instant liking to each other. So technically, I should say that Olive introduced us. Mel is a jack-of-all-trades. She creates creatures for work, throws pottery, knits and sews beautiful everything and speaks three languages (could be more… she’s kind of shy about her skillz). Most importantly, she’s a dear friend who I love to bits! …


what kind of art do you create?
At work I create worlds and creatures for commercials, and on my own time, I throw and sculpt pottery. I also knit, and have plans to learn how to sew. I’m a craft store’s dream customer.

where are you from?
New York by way of Hong Kong

what music is playing while you’re creating your art?
Lately, Adele and Arcade Fire have been in heavy rotation, and patestapesis always on at the pottery studio if I have my way.

if you could have any artist over for tea who would be your top three?
That’s a tough question. Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Lohan and Muammar el-Qaddafi. I know I’m taking liberties with the word “artist” here, but it would be a fun party, wouldn’t it?

where do you shop for art?
When my fiance Kevin and I started decorating our apartment together we realized that with the exception of one photograph, every piece of art we owned was animal themed. Pretty much everything we have is from a flea market or a vintage store. There’s an amazing bookstore, James and Mary Laurie Booksellers in Minneapolis that sells rare and vintage prints. We spent a lot of money in there.

what is your favorite piece of art in your home and where did you find it?
We have a set of drawings of two stingrays that I found at the Santa Monica flea market on a trip with Wendy, Olive and HP, do you remember? I love those. I also have a very delicate paper cut bird from that bookstore in Minneapolis.

what piece of art, belonging to your significant other, do you dislike the most?
Over time I’ve managed to weed out all of that and convinced him that whatever it was looked better over at his studio.

what are your favorite art books or websites?
I don’t even know where to start! Can I just give you my RSS feed? I’m ashamed to admit that I can’t remember the last time I went to a museum though.

if you could own one piece of artwork, no matter the value, what would it be?
Next question please..

what do you collect?
good packaging from my travels, yellow enamelware and plants.