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Melissa Wickwire grew up between the Adirondack Mountains of upstate New York and the Wyoming prairie.  Since earning a BFA in ceramics from Alfred University in 2002, she was an arts administrator and an arts educator before moving to northern Minnesota.  She has been drawn to the arts since childhood and has maintained her own creative practices with clay for over 20 years.  The launching of Wickwire Clay Works in 2013, with a focus on handmade custom tile, allows for balancing the demands of living and a creative lifestyle with making at the fulcrum.  

By creating work that celebrates pleasing imperfections, I aim to reflect the human condition of being beautifully flawed. My work provides connection in a world that often feels overwhelming and rigid.  

I am grateful for the layers of support, opportunity and intention that continue to align to provide a creative life.  


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