Mel Croft Pottery
15676 High Street Waterford, VA 20197
Waterford/Leesburg, Stop #14
I have collected and worked with clay as long as I can remember. As a child, I was fascinated with the velvety glaze on an Artus Van Briggle vase that belonged to my parents. I made miniature dinosaurs and lined them up in my bedroom window. Today, I make miniature chairs and line them up in the window along with the ones my son has made! I love making utilitarian pieces but am charmed by sculptural whimsical works too. I love when the two come together, whether it is a sculptural piece that can be used in a utilitarian way, or a utilitarian piece that has a small sculptural element.
My forms are influenced by turn of the century Arts and Crafts craftsmen, architects such as Antoni Gaudi and Louis Sullivan and Asian artists and philosophies. The ancient Chinese potters believed that clay pots, being of the earth, were spirits of the earth. I like to believe my pots are earth spirits that capture a little of myself as well.
Melinda's journey into ceramics began with the Art League School in Alexandria VA in 1994 under the guidance of Dale Marhanka. In 2000, she returned to New Orleans and apprenticed with Master raku potter Charlie Bohn for three years. Influenced by the Newcomb school, Shearwater, Van Briggle, and other turn of the century pottery studios, her pottery echoes organic forms found in nature.
Melinda is a member of the Waterford Foundation and Loudoun Arts Council. Her work can be found at the Gateway Gallery (Round Hill).
Offering on tour: Functional and decorative pottery, porcelain and steel mobiles, jewelry, pendant lamps. Wheel-throwing demos. Refreshments.
Directions to Mel Croft Pottery:
From Route 7, exit at Route 9 West, then turn right on Clarkes Gap Road. Just as you enter Waterford, second house on right after Waterford sign. From Milltown Road entering Waterford, right on 2nd Street, left on Janney, right on High Street. From Stumptown, left on Loyalty Road, pass Waterford Elementary, curve around Butcher's Row, take left onto High Street.