Melissa Rice lives and works in the outer Sunset District of San Francisco. Mel was born in Kansas. She moved to Puebla, Mexico in grade school and moved back to the States shortly after high school to pursue her baking and pastry degree in New York. Food, the ocean, and good weather brought Mel to San Francisco almost 15 years ago.
The pottery studio at the Fort Mason campus of San Francisco City College is where she spent eight years both as a student and studio manager. The pottery wheel is where she feels the most prolific. Melissa later opened her Mel Rice Ceramica studio in the Mission District, and has developed a simple, clean way of designing functional pieces for any room and is inspired by the sight, the smell and sound of the Pacific Ocean.