Meet the Maker Continued 

My journey with clay began about 26 yrs ago as a teenager where I stumbled upon a local ceramic production studio on the mid north coast of NSW. There I fell in love with the entire process of creating handmade functional tableware for retail outlets here in the Australian market. The studio worked primarily in earthenware slip casting and we hand-painted a large variety of brightly coloured designs which were created by the owner. 

Back then we didn't have the internet to sell, therefore it was a lot of trade shows, party plan and markets. I recall days upon days of hand-painting, glazing, packing kilns and enjoyed this dedicated, purposeful and creative process of seeing clay transform into a beautiful functional vessel for people to enjoy. 

As life's commitments changed, I moved to the Northern Beaches of Sydney and went on to work for the next 15 years in corporate administration and marketing support roles, however my heart always longed for clay and the dream of creating my own ceramic studio one day.

 

It wasn't until a total burn out, an auto-immune disease and unfortunate cancer diagnosis in my late 20's after my first child was born, that I decided to drastically change not only my job but also transform my understanding of what true health meant and embrace a slower more enriched holistic lifestyle. This sparked my love and appreciation again for ceramics.

Today I call Brisbane home, where I live with my husband, two beautiful daughters and our dog. I am healthier than I've ever been before and passionate about proven functional health options and our right to choose our own path to wellness by having access to affordable complementary healthcare when needed. Seeing for myself and from others that it can truly support, prevent and alleviate much of our chronic illness in our health care system. 

 

My personal experience with good health and healing has helped me to develop a deeper appreciation for a slower paced and simplified lifestyle which is the real inspiration behind my work. These days I enjoy focusing more on creating pieces that are minimal, incorporating the natural surface textures that reflect our easy-going lifestyle here in Australia.

 

I thank you for stopping by my website and I do hope you find something that will be treasured in yours or a loved ones life.

Melanie Hardy

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Acknowledgment of Country

I acknowledge the Chepara-Yugarapul and the Turrbal people as the Traditional Custodians of the SE-QLD land upon which I work and live, and recognise their continuing connection to the land, water and community. I pay respect to Elders past, present and emerging.
 
The Turrbal group meets where the Balaangala Garden is located in The Gap, Queensland 4061. 
For more information visit the Balaangala Gardens.
For more information on Acknowleding Country and to view the ATSI Language map click here