M. sward Ceramics

Melissa Sward crafts functional ceramics in her rural Massachusetts studio, finding balance between motherhood and art. Her work brings daily-life fixtures that blend seamlessly into any home.

M. sward Ceramics

Edition One Feature (September 2020)
Words by: Melissa Sward
Location: Western Massachusetts, USA
Photo Credits:  ¬©Candace Morgan Hope @candacehope 


I make small-batch, functional ceramics from my home studio. I am a one-woman operation and my main job is taking care of my three-year-old son. I manage to do my work when my son is at day care or asleep, but finding a balance has definitely been challenging. I never planned to be a stay-at-home mother ‚Äď it‚Äôs the hardest job I‚Äôve ever had ‚Äď and installing a ceramics studio in the basement has been my saving grace for the past two years. I got my college degree in studio art, but was unable to pursue my dream; turns out glass-blowing internships are hard to find (who knew?). So I went to graduate school to study an unrelated field (exercise science). 

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