Isn't it lovely to see good people doing great things—and enjoying well-deserved success and recognition in return? Melanie Abrantes is one of those 'good people' pouring tons of heart and hard work into her craft, and word is fast spreading about her beautiful creations. From Mel's talented hands comes a growing collection of cork and wood decor items ranging from planters and serving dishes to candleholders and vases, all of which bring a minimalist natural touch to any interior.
Of course these pieces aren't just for looks; they're one-of-a-kind works of useable art! Each reflects the unique beauty of the materials from which it emerged, highlighting the swirls of buckeye burl or the whorls of warm walnut. Moreover, Mel's wares function as an extension of the artist herself—of the sunny presence and the down-to-earth personality that come alive with each turn of the lathe.
In keeping with her generous spirit, Mel actively shares her passion for the handmade by teaching workshops around the country. If you're in LA this weekend, join her on Sunday for a wood carving class at which she'll lead students through the process of crafting their own citrus reamers! The workshop fee includes all materials as well as several hours basking in Mel's glow. Plus you'll go home ready to whip up a big batch of lemonade with a nifty new tool of your own making!