Melissa and Joan are self-taught artists whose biggest joy is to create art. Melissa discovered as a child that she had things to say with color and shapes. Observing nature gave her inspiration that could only be expressed in art. Artistic expression is in her genes as her grandmother was an artist and Joan, her mother, is a potter. Joan has had private lessons in pottery making. She and Melissa love to collaborate on pieces that have subject matter that sings to their hearts. Joan hand builds her pottery--plates, platters, and vases. Songbirds, fish and butterflies adorn the pieces.