Melissa Rice lives and works on the coast of San Francisco, California residing in The Outer Sunset District and running her pottery production and community art space, STUDIO CERAMICA in The Outer Richmond District and her Baby Shop in the Mission. Mel was born in Kansas and moved to Puebla, Mexico in grade school. The artisans at every corner inspired her own passion for the arts and pottery. She moved to the States shortly after high school to pursue her degree in Baking & Pastry in New York. Food, The Pacific Ocean, and good weather brought Mel to San Francisco over 17 years ago.
The pottery studio at the Fort Mason Campus of San Francisco City College is where she spent 8 years both as a student and studio manager. Melissa has developed a simple clean way of designing functional pieces for any room and is inspired by the sight, the smell, and sound of the Pacific Ocean. The pottery wheel is where she feels the most prolific.
On any given weekend you can catch Mel at the Baby Shop AKA The Smallest Shop in San Francisco, located on the bustling street of Valencia, next to Amnesia. Come stop by and say hi!