Studio Snapshot – Melanie Dilday

Artist name: Melanie Dilday


Location:  Australia
Website: Polymer Clay with Melanie Dilday
Blog if you have one: Clay Happenings
Etsy: M.A.D. Designs

Do you have a dedicated studio/artistic space? Yes

Where is it located? Next to bathroom (useful wet area), store room (for clay, tools, ‘work in progress’ and examples of work) and outside undercover area (for messy jobs)


Is it a large or small space?
Medium, sized 5m x 3m

What medium(s) do you work in? Clay! Polymer, silver and airdry.

Do you have a separate area for each? I don’t have separate areas for each clay, but I have a separate store room where I have room to place large tiles of ‘work in progress’ of various projects which I easily move into my studio to work on as I feel to. I also have a booth-like buffing/tumbling area with it’s own overhead light.


What one word would you use to describe your studio?

What do you think is the best feature of your studio?
The view! And lots of light.


What would you change if you could?
A better airconditioner.

Can you share an organizational tip? I have 1/2 dozen of those plastic drawers on wheels…shallow drawers, about ten drawers to a unit. I can move them around and have them closer when I need them, depending on what I’m working on.

Describe the usual state of your work table?
Messy. I’m lucky that I have fairly regular teaching gigs so that I actually get to clean my table once a week in readiness for the next class otherwise my table would be in constant disarray.


Does your work table face out into the room or toward the wall? Into the room

What’s one drawback of your studio/artistic space? Can be hot because of the skylight and large window.

Do you have any studio mascots? My ‘dummy’ which I like to dress up with odd clothes and jewellery to match and a picture of the hands of a guru, reminding me of the space between thoughts…


Do you have an idea wall or inspiration board?
I have a 2008 calender of beautiful polymer clay work and I have a few drawing books/journals scattered about the house.

Do you listen to music in your studio? What kind? Nope, I prefer the silence which in fact, is not silent but teeming with life…the wind in the trees and the birds and crickets and frogs…

Do you display your own work in your studio? Other artists’ work? Yes, wall hangings on the wall, jewellery on a ‘dummy’ and in the store room on a few shelves. I also have a box of ‘swap items’ at the ready for students to rummage through to see examples of other peoples work.

What’s one quirk or unusual feature of your studio? The floor under the carpet square has a door which leads into a dark room which used to be an old water tank. It’s totally useless now but highly unusual.

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3 thoughts on “Studio Snapshot – Melanie Dilday”

  1. Hi Libby,

    I just got back from a few out-of-town teaching engagements. What a nice surprise to come home to. I’d forgotten about that pic of the storeroom with all those untidy boxes but hey, it’s ‘real’ eh! Thanks for highlighting all these studios. It’s been highly enjoyable and I’ve picked up a few tips in the process.


  2. This is a great write up. I love seeing into other artist’s studio! I should really put some pictures of my studio on my blog, there is a lot packed into my 10’x10′ space! Melanie is lucky to have so much room!!

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