Spend Locally: Mena Dragonfly

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Owner: Melanie Mena

Website: Mena Dragonfly

E-mail: melanie@menadragonfly.com

UPDATE: Melanie has since moved to Ontario, but she is still making pottery and, with her partner Mark, running the Black Licorice Tree B&B!

I met Melanie at my first big-girl job (outside of academia). Back then, she was the project manager, and I was getting my feet wet in the world of web development. Nowadays, I'm working as a project manager, and she's making beautiful pottery. I don't think either of us would have predicted this, but I think it's safe to say we're both quite pleased with our respective changes in career path.

Even back when Melanie and I worked together, her true love (after her husband and two incredibly cute dachshunds) was pottery. She spent tons of time working in (and managing) the studio she used, and even taught some pottery classes. She loves it so much, that I couldn't be happier to see her now doing this as her full time gig. 

Portobello West - March 2011

Her specialties these days are: bowls, mugs, and vases with brightly coloured dots at the bottom; white vases, mugs, and pitchers with her signature hand sculpted dragonflies; and "wobbly" shotglasses.

What is a wobbly shotglass? Witness:

 

Why else should you take note of Melanie and her lovely wares? Well, she puts an extra dose of love into each piece she makes, and she also does custom orders if you want something specific. Plus she's one of the sweetest people you'll meet!

Portobello West - March 2011

Melanie will be at a pile of craft fairs over the course of the spring if you want to go check her stuff out in person:

ON TODAY! Saturday, March 26 to Sunday, March 27 - Portobello West Fashion & Art Market
At the Creekside Community Centre in Olympic Village from 11:00am to 5:00pm each day.

Friday, April 15 to Sunday, April 17 – Make It!
At the Croation Cultural Centre. Friday 4:00pm to 9:00pm, Saturday 11:00am to 6:00pm & Sunday 11:00am to 5:00pm.

Sunday, April 24 – Portobello West Fashion & Art Market
At the Creekside Community Centre in Olympic Village from 11:00am to 5:00pm.

Sunday, May 8 – Got Craft?
At the Royal Canadian Legion from 10:00am to 5:00pm.

Sunday, May 26 – Portobello West Fashion & Art Market

You can also buy her stuff online anytime:

Canada: http://menadragonfly.bigcartel.com/products

USA/International: http://www.etsy.com/shop/menadragonfly 

Melanie's pottery wheel

Be sure to visit her website http://www.menadragonfly.com to check out where she'll be next, read her blog (which has lots more information and great stories about her life and work), and sign up for her newsletter to keep up on what Melanie's up to!