Melissa Sullivan was born and raised on Long Island, New York. She graduated from the University of Wisconsin with a BFA in Ceramics. Melissa later received Master’s degree in Art Therapy from the University of Iowa as well as a Master’s in Counseling from Duquesne University. She is recently retired from her position as an elementary school counselor which she held for 25 years.
Melissa derives great joy from her 4 children, 4 grandchildren, 2 dogs and 2 cats. Being in nature, reading and creating art are her staples Melissa’s primary focus, artistically is in making decorative, hand-built pieces, Non-functional vessels as well as objects which engender political reflection Her response to the natural world, especially to the ocean inform her work. The artist works intuitively, allowing the medium, clay, to guide her creation.
Ms. Sullivan enjoys working with a wide variety of firing methods, from low-fire raku to high range atmospheric wood and soda firing. Melissa’s ceramic art has been featured in both local and regional Art Shows, most recently in exhibits sponsored by Sweetwater Center for the Arts “Seeing Red”), Butler Art Center ( The Art of the Drink) and the Pittsburgh Society of Artists (Small Works).