July’s featured artist is Melissa Stewart. Melissa became interested in pottery as a kid. After taking a variety of art classes, she immediately fell in love with clay. She originally only thought of pottery as a hobby until she crossed paths with Otto Hieno and he inspired her to pursue her calling. Most of what Melissa makes is functional wheel-thrown pieces such as mixing bowls, pitchers, sponge holders, plant pots, teapots, and coffee mugs. Each piece is formed to shape, fired, glazed and fired again. She sometimes adds little metallic details which requires an additional firing. Everything is food, microwave and dishwasher safe. Perfect for those summer family parties. Come in to the gift shop and take a look.