Melanie Mena, Chief Potter
I’m Melanie Mena, the CEO & Chief Potter at Mena Dragonfly Creative. I plan to take over the world, one pot at a time.

In the meantime though I can usually be found at my wheel making pottery, just for you. I make unique, functional pottery that’s durable enough for every day use & beautiful enough to be kept for special occasions.

I have an unexplainable drive in me that just wants to share my pottery with the world. I want everyone to have a piece of my pottery, especially you.

I am Canadian and I grew up in Ontario but my roots are on the East Coast of Canada, on the island of Newfoundland.

At a very young age my Uncle Bill gave me the nickname “Mud” because I was often found in mud puddles making mud cakes to serve at my pretend tea parties. I’ve always had an active imagination (which Is why I can’t watch horror movies) and I’ve always been creating things.

While in highschool Art class I was introduced to clay and I made my very first piece of pottery, Maria the Mug. I still have Maria and she has only ever been used to hold hot chocolate. Making Maria was fun, well it was alright, but what I really wanted to try was making something on the wheel but my highschool didn’t have one. Looking back on it now, it’s amazing we even had a kiln.

I went on to University and got a degree in English & Communications. Soon after that I moved across the country with my friend Danielle. We uprooted ourselves from Southern Ontario and landed in Victoria, BC. That was when I really started working for a living. Paying off my student loan and making my rent payments was more important than spending time indulging my creative side. I worked a lot and my creative pursuits got put on the back burner.

Eventually I moved to the Big City, Vancouver. I continued to work for a living but something sparked my creative attention – a beginner’s wheel throwing class at a community centre in my neighbourhood. I signed up for the class and I’ve been hooked on wheel throwing ever since. That was 12 years ago.

While my creative hobby grew and grew I continued to work for a living but I often thought to myself:

“Wouldn’t it be great if I could make pottery for a living?”

I worked at various desks for various companies for more years than I care to think about and without my noticing it took a toll on my physical wellness.

Then something happened, something big and devastating: in 2009 I lost my job. I was blindsided and it took me a while to recover. But I saw the silver lining to that cloud and decided this was my opportunity to make my dream a reality.

It was time to unleash the full force of my creative passion and follow my instincts. It was time to start making pottery for a living – and that’s what I’m doing.

In the Spring of 2011 my husband and I decided to make another big change: we decided to move back to Ontario. We weren’t sure where we were going to live exactly but we were confident everything was going to work out. Just a few months after landing in Ontario we found our home in Prince Edward County. In the Spring of 2012 we opened The Black Licorice Tree Bed & Breakfast. Right behind the B&B is the new Mena Dragonfly  studio & gallery.

My passion for working with clay and creating on my wheel is what drives this business forward and it won’t be long before I do take over the world, one pot at a time – I would be delighted to have you join me.