Photo by  Georg Dinkel

     Photo by Georg Dinkel

Melanie lives in the woods of Maine, surrounded by a plethora of wild life, including moose, bob cat, fox, coyotes, lots of song birds, wild turkeys and of course, ravens.

What drives Melanie's current work with polymer and mixed media is a life long fascination with Nature's use of extravagant forms, colors and patterns. Nature never ceases to amaze, and she has always been compelled to answer that amazement in her work.

Melanie's vessels and wearable art express a very personal, sensual experience, using a dream like impression of Melanie's unique vision of Nature.


A bit more information...

Current and Upcoming Shows -

  • Galerie Freisleben's Open Exhibition, August 10, 2014
    Galerie Freisleben,

  • A Re-Visioning: New Works in Polymer, September 9 - October 25
    H.F. Johnson Gallery of Art, Carthage College, Kenosha, WI

  • Secrets of the Sea, September 18 - November 22, 2014
    Atrium Art Gallery, University of Southern Maine, Lewiston, ME

  • (In)Organic, September 24, 2014 - January 4, 2015
    Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI

  • "Beauty Is In The Eye Of The Beholder", Ongoing.
    Hosted by, curator Beth Wicker (

Previous Shows -

  • Spineless Wonders, 2008
    Atrium Art Gallery, University of Southern Maine, Lewiston, ME

  • Maine State House, Augusta, ME, 2005

  • Center for Maine Contemporary Art, Rockport, ME, January - February, 2005

  • Belfast Free Library, one woman show, Belfast, ME, Nevember, 2004

  • Los Angeles Center for Digital Art, LA, CA, September, 2004

Publications -

  • Masters Series - Polymer Clay, Lark Books, edited by Rachael Caron

  • Terra Nova: Polymer at the Crossroads, by Rachel Carren, Bruce W. Pepich and Lena Vigna

  • Polymer Clay Global Perpectives: Emerging Ideas and Technigues from 125 International Artists, by Cynthia Tinapple

  • Polymer Pizzazz 2, Kalimbach Books

  • Ornament Magazine, Polymer Clay: A Modern Medium Comes of Age

  • Art Jewelry Magazine, Polymer Clay Artist Melanie West's Path to Green Living (and Many-Colored Art)

  • Polymer Art Archive, West Meets East, by Elise Winters

  • The Art of Polymer Clay Millefiori Techniques, by Donna Kato

  • Polymer Clay Artists: Techniques and Projects for Creating Successful Palettes, by Lindly Haunani and Maggie Maggio

  • Adapting Quilt Patterns To Polymer Clay", Sarajane Helm and Judith Skinner

  • The Art of Polymer Clay Masks, Sarajane Helm

  • Photography published in Computer Arts Magazine, Architecture Magazine, Architectural Record, Connecticut Magazine, Multi-Housing News

Awards -

  • Niche 2012 Finalist for Polymer Clay

  • IPCG 2011 Progress & Possibilities First Place and Best of Show.

  • Niche 2010 Award for Polymer Clay

  • National Polymer Clay Guild "Progress and Possibilities 2008", Second Place in Art Jewelry

  • AIA Annual Architectural Photography Show, San Francisco, CA, 1990

Collections - Melanie's work is now included in personal collections around the world, from Japan to Spain, Switzerland to Canada.

  • Polymer Clay Permanent Collection, Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI