Melody Evans

I began working with clay at UCSB in 1966, where I majored in Ceramics/Art History. There, I met my husband (and the other half of Evans Pots, Bill Evans). Pottery has been a lifelong passion for both of us.

I have always lived and vacationed at the beach; it is only natural that the ocean, shells, sea glass and sea creatures inspire and influence the designs and colors in what I like to make. I am especially fascinated by sea urchins, and their little “dots” find their way onto many of my pieces.

My main focus is wheel-thrown functional pottery that enhances our daily lives as well as pottery that decorates our living spaces.

I hope you enjoy my work as much as I love making it!

Melody Evans

“When buying from an artist/maker, you’re buying more than just an object/painting. You are buying hundreds of hours of failures and experimentation. You are buying days, weeks and months of frustration and moments of pure joy. You aren’t just buying a THING, you’re buying a piece of heart, part of a soul, a moment of someone’s life. Most importantly, you’re buying the artist more time to do something they are passionate about.”

Bill Evans

I was introduced to clay at UCSB in 1966. Although I was a History major, it was much more satisfying spending time in pottery classes. In those days, the instructors gave us a good foundation in wheel throwing and glazing, but also let us pursue our own interests by allowing “independent study” classes, where we built raku, wood-fired and salt kilns on our own.

I taught elementary school, mainly 5th and 6th grades, for 35+ years. We had a potter’s wheel and a kiln I built at our house for many of those years.

Retirement gave us the freedom and time to reconnect with our passions; Melody and I began taking classes at Adult Education and UCSB, where we picked up right where we left off some years before. We now have a working studio and kilns at our home once again. We are active members of the Ventura County Potters’ Guild.

My emphasis is primarily functional ware, mostly tropical themed, including little covered jars, large bowls and serving plates. My goal is to create pieces that serve a purpose, but also can be enjoyed as handmade art.

Simply said, I LOVE to make pots!

Bill Evans