Melanie Brooks is a ceramic artist working under the name Earthenwood Studio in the Metro Detroit, Michigan area. Melanie's lifelong fascination with all things ceramic began in art college, where she started making pottery and sculpture. After graduating, her focus on clay turned to miniature in the form of functional porcelain beads and charms, and took on a dozen-or-so year long career specializing in ceramic jewelry components. In recent years, she has once again become interested in her original love for ceramic pottery and is now enjoying the exploration of intricately painted pottery.
Melanie is inspired by by a wide variety of things, including decorations of Mexican sugar skulls and day of the dead celebrations, Indian henna designs, old school American tattoo designs, Japanese manga and anime, Geek/Punk/Pop culture, and her own quirky blend of imagery and twisted sense of humor.