When did you decide you wanted to create for a living?
Ever since I was small I enjoyed arts and crafts - from drawing and painting to ceramics. I grew up surrounded by my family making a living from crafts - Mum is a textile artist and Grandma is a Printmaker. I never wanted to do anything but art - although I was 20 before I released it was ceramics I wanted to specialise in.
How did you get into ceramics?
At 16 I went to Plymouth College of Art to do a BTEC in design crafts - this is when I started experimenting and building skills in different crafts including ceramics, jewellery, woodwork and large metals. I discovered that my two favourite materials were large metals and ceramics. I then went to Hereford College of Art to do a degree in Contemporary Applied Arts, where I eventually specialised in ceramics.
When I graduated I returned to Cornwall, bought my kiln and set up my business!
What is your biggest achievement so far?
I have recently been asked by Cotehele National Trust to make a limited edition of porcelain bowls inspired by the Christmas Garland, which I am working on at the moment.
Where would you like to see your work in the future?
I would love to see my work in plenty of galleries and shops through out the UK, and to build a name for my self and so people say - oh look that is Melissa Choroszewska's porcelain work!
What inspires your work?
My work is inspired by the countryside surrounding my home in Cornwall. I work in porcelain and I use mother of pearl lustre within my work to accentuate the semi translucent qualities of the material. I love the concept of fossilizing the beauty of Cornwall within my bowls forever!
So what do you think of Melissa's work? Is there any artists that you would like to know more about? Get in touch!
Objets De Désir xoxo