Melissa Rice lives and works on the coast of San Francisco, California. She is a professional production potter and runs a community pottery school at her very own STUDIO CERAMICA in the Outer Richmond District. Mel was born in Kansas and moved to Puebla, Mexico in grade school. 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 her to San Francisco over 20 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 ceramic 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 and teaching pottery is second nature to her.