Sculpting a passion for ceramics

Ceramics teacher and artist Melissa Murphy-Vella says she’s on a mission to raise the profile of the art form at Wyndham.

Also a sculptor, musician and photographer, Ms. Murphy-Vella teaches ceramics at the Community Shed at the Wyndham Park Community Center, which has a specially designed studio, and at the Manor Lakes Community Learning Centre.

After completing a Fine Art (Ceramics) degree at the Victorian College of the Arts and studying Education at the University of Melbourne, she has also taught Visual Arts, Design and Media Studies in schools for 20 years.

In addition, Ms. Murphy-Vella has created permanent public art, participated in Wyndham council exhibitions and been artist-in-residence at schools.

Ms Murphy-Vella said her interest in ceramics developed at a young age, thanks to her mother taking art lessons and an encouraging high school art teacher.

“The beauty of ceramics is that there are so many aspects involved,” she said.

“Whether it’s hand build, lathe casting, slip casting, surface design or glaze chemistry, it’s truly limitless.

“One of the greatest moments in teaching ceramics and art should be meeting so many amazing people over the years, fellow artists, teachers and students of all ages, even from the two years old, which is an absolute delight.

“My goal is to support and guide students, giving them the confidence and flexibility to embark on their own personal journey with clay.”

For information on enrolling in Ceramics Classes at the Wyndham Park Community Centre, email [email protected]

Ms. Murphy-Vella’s classes at the Manor Lakes Community Learning Center are full, to join the waitlist email [email protected]

By Alesha Capone

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