Melanie Legge is a sculptor and ceramicist who has “played” with clay since childhood, attending The Chelsea Pottery studio at the age of 11. This early start instilled in her a familiarity with the material which is almost instinctive. She has shared her enthusiasm for clay work with children and adults alike, teaching at both the Vienna International School in the 1990s and more recently at the Copenhagen International School. She also runs adult classes in Hampshire where she now lives.
Recently Melanie has been drawing more and more on nature to inspire her natural forms and in particular textures. A gnarly tree trunk, an unfurling rose, a pile of dead leaves – “form and texture all around us for inspiration!”
“Between my fingers the clay comes alive. It dictates to me; I can suggest what I am aiming at, but ultimately the piece emerges as it wishes, my fingers merely servants of the element”.
Under the guidance of Danish Sculptor Jeanette Brønsted, Melanie furthered her passion for portraiture and figurative sculpture. Both her portraits and porcelain works can be found in private collections in Denmark, France, Switzerland and the UK..