Meet Melanie Roseveare, founder of Melody Rose.
We have come to know and love Melanie Roseveare for her high quality and elegant, yet wonderfully eccentric bone china tableware.
It was this magical mix that drew us to her ceramic artistry, and the attention to detail and quality makes us continue to love every new collection.
Melanie produces her bone china range with a third-generation pottery in Stoke-on-Trent. Each piece is handmade, keeping at its heart the tremendous quality that has made Britain renowned for its ceramic heritage. Durable enough for everyday use, the hand-applied gilding and glorious detail of each piece make them perfect for the grandest occasions, while the quirky imagery keeps them firmly 21st Century.
We caught up with Melanie to discuss her likes, dislikes, inspiration and dreams so you can get to know her that bit better...
5 things you need to know about Melanie:
1. "I changed career after being inspired by Grayson Perry when he won the Turner Prize in 2003. I first started experimenting with printing on ceramics using vintage tableware. It is a million miles away from my previous life in the drinks industry."
2. "I am Canadian, born in Toronto. I spent my childhood hunting imaginary bears in Wilderness Park just outside the city.
3. "If I had a third career it would be as a trapeze artist, all the fun and glamour of the fair with the added bonus of beautiful costumes. I have even designed a collection called Acts of Daring based around this."
4. "I have a few high profile collectors. My skulls are particularly popular with the Rock fraternity. Follow me on Instagram to keep updated."
5. "I left Canada in search of the bright lights - that's when I discovered London! I have been here for 15 years and it is the epicentre of everything I love - the most incredible city. London stole my heart and is a huge influence in many of my designs."
Melanie's Most Loved:
Here Melanie lets us in on the stories behind each of her favourite pieces.
Skull in Crown Teapot
"The Skull in Crown teapot is London inspired. I first designed the teapot ahead of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. I was already working with skulls in my designs and ‘royalled’ it up as a cheeky nod to our British Heritage. The teapot, like the rest of my range, is made of fine bone china in Stoke-on-Trent, and is definitely fit for a queen. The skulls were part of my first collection and there is no waining in their popularity. People love building their collections with each new piece we launch."
Kissing Couple Plate
"The Kissing Couple plate was designed as a Valentine’s gift for my husband. I first fired this design on a vintage plate and loved it so much that I added the design to my fine bone china range. The design has been so popular it's grown to include teacups, a teapot, a cream jug and coming soon there will be mugs and even a mini teapot. The Kissing Couple are hugely sought after by people trying to find a suitably unsuitable gift!"
Models Blue Dinner Plate
"My new In Colour collection has been designed to add a splash of retro colour, inspired by 70's disco, but with a modern 21st century feel. I wanted to bring colour to the dining table, a sense of drama and fun. Each colour in the collection works on its own, but tells a different story when mixed and matched or layered with the white bone china pieces. The pieces are elegant but fun and are very versatile. I change my mind on my favourite colour and design combo every week, but this week it’s the Models Blue Dinner Plate."
If you'd like to see more from the Melody Rose collection, you can browse all the beautiful ceramics here.
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