Melissa Greene Pottery Deer Isle Maine

missy_in_studioMy influences come partially from the places I grew up- Podunk, in Connecticut and the mountains and lakes of Rangeley, Maine. I was particularly inspired by living and traveling abroad at a young age, especially by a trip to Lapland in northern Norway. Here I realized a strong interest in how people living a self-reliant lifestyle, close to and with an essential respect for nature, held a strong intuitive commitment to beauty which is reflected in every part of their daily lives. There was no separation between art and life, the two existed as an integral part of each other. I desired to become a maker of beautiful objects, and without really knowing why, at age 14, chose clay as the medium. Thus, my imagery is a reflection of more than 25 yrs. of observation into relationships between animals and the natural world, myths, rituals, women, families, daily life, and the crafts of many cultures.

Along with this I have to acknowledge several members of my family, I feel they were directly responsible for many aspects of my work. My father, Dr. Harry S.N. Greene who instilled in me a love and respect for the natural world, an appreciation for old, handmade things, and whose incredibly alive imagination shaped my very thinking. My sister, Judy Greene, who was a beautiful painter, thinker, and who I often feel is very near by. My step father, Sid Leslie, who was my fathers best friend and carried on the legends. He gave me total love and encouragement, and taught me not to be afraid of really hard work. My mother, Jean Greene Leslie, who I thank for her strength, humor, joie de vivre, and, everything she touched was beautiful. These people have all moved on, except for my sister Susan Nutting Greene, we are the storytellers of our family now. I must also include my husband and blacksmith, Eric Ziner, who is a daily gift to me. He far surpasses any preconceived notion I had about love, life, family, joy,and creativity. Our sons, Abraham and Silas, are the most incredible creations so far! I also greatly appreciate and love every day of this life, on this beautiful, abundant, planet.

Education And Related Study

1993 Haystack Mt. School Of Crafts
Deer Isle, Maine. Michael Simon
1988 Idyllwild School Of Music And The Arts. On Site Study Of Acoma Pottery With Lucy M. Lewis And Her Daughters Emma And Delores. Chaco Canyon. New Mexico.
1987 Idyllwild School Of Music And The Arts. On Site Study Of Casas Grandes Pottery With Juan Quesada. Chiuahua, Mexico.
1987 Masters Of Arts And Liberal Studies. Concentration In Ceramics, Wesleyan University Middletown, Ct.
1982 Worked With Cris Guiffrida, Lee Creek Pottery; And British Colombia Wildlife On Sockeye Salmon Pottery Proj Ect. Chase, B.C.
1979 Ba. Visual Arts, New England College, Henniker, N.H. Summa Cum Laude


1992 Maine Crafts Assn., Deer Isle, Maine
1988 Primitive Pottery, Graduate Program, Wesleyan Univ. Middletown, Ct.
1988-91 Creative Arts Workshop, New Haven. Ct.
1984-90 Wesleyan Potters,Middletown, Ct.
1984-85 Studio Manager. Wesleyan Potters. Middletown, Ct.
1982-83 Hammonasset School, Madison, Ct.
1979-91 Guilford Hand Crafts Center, Guilford, Ct.


2001 Best Of Ceramics, American Craft Exposition, Evanston,Il Anthony Jones, Chicago Art Institute, Juror
1995 Award For Craft Excellence, Crafts At The Castle, Boston, Ma.
1995 The Byers’ Choice Award For Excellence In Clay, Philadelphia Museum Of Art Craft Show
1994 Craftsmen’s Choice Award, Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington. D.C.
1991 Award For Excellence, Wash Ington Crafts Show
1991 Merit Award, American Crafts Awards, The Guild, Madison, Wi.
1988-93 Artists’ Choice And Viewers’ Awards, Guilford Hand Crafts Expo, Guilford, Ct.
1979 Award For Highest Academic Achievement In The Humanities, New England College, Henniker,N.H.

Featured Artist. Invitational. And Juried Group Exhibitions

2004 Fuller Craft Museum, The Perfect Collecton, Brockton, MA.
2004 Crafts America West Palm BCH Fine Crafts Show, WPB. FL
2004 ACE Baltimore
2003/2004 The Renwick Gallery, Permanent Collection
2003 Directons, Maine Craft Guild, Bar Harbor, ME.
2003 Ace Baltimore
2003 Smithsonian Craft Show, Washington, D.C.
2003 Crafts Boston, Boston, Mass
2002 Work Of The Hand, Center For Me. Contemporary Art
2002 ERL Originals Art Gallery, Winston-Salem, N.C.
2002 The Murie Center, Moose, Wyoming
2002 A.C.E. Baltimore
2002 American Craft Exposition, Evanston Ill.
2001 American Craft Exposition, Evanston,Ill.
2001 USA Clay: The Renwick Gallery, National Museum Of Art, Wash. D.C.
2001 A.C.E. Baltimore
2000 American Craft Exposition, Evanston Ill.
2000 Smithsonian Craft Show, Wash. D.C.
1999 Smithsonian Craft Show, Wash. D.C.
1999 Washington Crafts Show, Crafts America, Wash. D.C.
1998 A.C.E. Baltimore
Del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, Ca.
1997 A.C.E. Baltimore
Katie Gingrass Gallery, Milwaukee, WI.
Crafts National 31, Zoller Gallery, Penn. State Univ.
Del Mano Gallery, C.E.R.F. Exhibition, Los Angeles, Ca.
1996 Chester Gallery, Chester CT.
American Craft Exhibition, Evanston, Ill.
Edgewood Orchard Gallery, Fish Creek, Wisc..
Judith Leighton Gallery, Blue Hill, Me.
Crafts At The Castle, Boston, Mass.
1995 The Smithsonian Craft Show, Wash. D.C.
American Craft Exhibition, Evanston, Ill.
Philadelphia Museum Of Art Craft Show, Phila. Pa.
Crafts At the Castle, Boston, Ma.
1994 A.C.E. Baltimore
Signature Gallery, Boston, Ma.
Smithsonian Craft Show Wash. D.C.
The Works, Philadelphia, Pa.
White Bird Gallery, Cannon Bch. Or.
Ellen Harris Gallery, Provincetown, Ma.
Earthen Works Gallery, La Conner Wa.
Judith Leighton Gallery, Blue Hill, Me.
American Craft Exposition, Evanston, Ill.
Philadelphia Museum Of Art Craft Show,
Crafts At The Castle, Boston Mass.
1993 The Works, Philadelphia, Pa.
Crafts At The Castle, Boston, Mass.
Washington Crafts Expo, Washington, D.C.
American Crafts Exposition, Evanston, Ill.
A.C.E. Baltimore


The National Museum Of American Art, Renwick Gallery, Washington, D.C.
Don Imus
Paul Newman
The Fourseasons, San Fancisco, CA.
Robert Redford
Harold Honickman, Chairman Of The Board Pepsi-Cola
Craig Weatherup, Chairman, CEO, Pepsi-Cola
Rosine Elinorine Vieyra Socto, First Lady Rep. Of Benin
Charles And Marjorie Benton, Evanston, Il
Bank Of Tokyo, New York, Ny.
Elissa Cahn, St. Louis, Mo.


2004 500 Figures In Clay, Lark Books
2004 Alternative Firing Techniques, Lark Books
2003 Ceramics Monthly, March 2003
2003 The Inspired House, Taunton Press, Promo Issue,
2000 The Contemporary Potter, 2000 Rockport Publishers Inc.
1998 Selling Your Crafts, 1998 Susan Joy Sager
1996 The Best Of Pottery,1996 Rockport Publishers Inc.