A bit more about me

Melody Vaughan is a writer and artist, an erstwhile archaeologist and museum educator, a collector of making skills, a scavenger of streets for unexpected beauty.

She has a background in Museum Education, working for many years as an Education officer in the Pitt Rivers Museum, the Ashmolean Museum and the Corinium Museum. She has a degree in Ancient History and Archaeology from the University of Edinburgh, an MA in Museum Studies from the University of Newcastle, and recently graduated from Nottingham Trent University, with a First class honours degree in Decorative Arts. There she specialised in ceramics and metal, experimented with all sorts of wonderful materials; glass, wood, plastics, textiles, paper etc, and found her love of making. While working on a research degree at the Royal College of Art, she realised that writing was a key part of her practice, and that making is the language she uses within her writing.

These experiences fuelled her passion for the objects we create and use, as well as for engaging people with these objects: “As an education officer, I was facilitating an understanding, enabling people to ‘read’ the objects and to learn from them. My role was to help find some common ground between people and the objects, so that they might be open to looking and discovering some meaning in them for themselves.”

Melody has exhibited her ceramic work nationally, worked on commissions in the UK and the Netherlands, and delivered projects involving the public. She understands the unique madness that is the life of a craft maker in the early stages of their career, and how vital it is to find support and a network of like-minded people.

Drawing on her past experiences, in her new role as a creative consultant for emerging makers, her passion for working with people and objects translates into the successful promotion and support of craft makers.

Recent teaching, talks & events

Project coordinator/curator
Makers & Tools project
January 2019 - ongoing

Visiting Lecturer - Writing workshop
3rd year students BA Furniture Design and Make
Rycotewood Furniture, Oxford
17 May 2019

Visiting Lecturer - Lecture & seminar series
3rd year students BA Decorative Arts
Nottingham Trent University
March 2019

Find your Voice - successful writing for Creatives
talk delivered to The Creative Duck, Marlow
26 November 2018

Making Connections - SW networking event, co-hosted with Clayhill Arts, Somerset
20 November 2018

Visiting Lecturer - 4 half day writing workshops
MA Jewellery and Related Products
Birmingham City University School of Jewellery
May 2018

Visiting Lecturer - Lecture & seminar series
3rd year students BA Decorative Arts
Nottingham Trent University
March 2018

Write Great Applications
Business Club webinar, The Design Trust
20 February 2018

Find your Voice - successful writing for Creatives
talk delivered to The Creative Duck, Henley on Thames
20 November 2017

Ambiguous Implements Symposium - Panel discussion Chair
Vittoria Street Gallery, Birmingham
29 November 2017

Professional development & training

I believe all professional creatives should be active in their professional development - I do a lot of cpd for my own practice but also because it helps me to help makers. Here's some of the stuff I've been doing recently:

New Brewery Arts, Cirencester
February 2018 - (ongoing)

Essentials in Fundraising Training Day with Arts fundraising & philanthropy
Exeter Library
24 January 2019

Reset: a cosmic tune up for your workday
online course created by Jocelyn K Glei
19 January - 16 February 2019

Knitting History Forum Conference
17 November 2018

Travel Writing Study Day
British Library, London
6 October 2018

Materials Research Kitchen: Cupboard Love, rethinking the pantry
Institute of Making, London
30 July 2018

Symposium: People, Power and Curating
Turner Contemporary, Margate
27 April 2018

How to grow your Instagram with Emily Quinton
Hotel Elephant, London
25 April 2018

Travel photography short course
UAL Central St Martins, London
April - May 2018

Weaving workshop
Christabel Balfour, London
18 March 2018

Idea to Reality
with Ben Keene, The Creative Duck, Henley
23 January 2018

Wooden spoon carving workshop
with Grain & Knot, Benk + Bo London
21 January 2018

How to use Email Marketing to boost your business
with Sinead Kohler, Hotel Elephant
16 January 2018

The funding & finance mix webinar
Creative United
15 January 2018

How to finance your social enterprise
Hatch Enterprise, London SE17
22 October 2017

Setting up a studio
UAL Careers Week, London
14 November 2017

Urban Writers retreat
22 October 2017

Making with Found Objects workshop
with Elaine Bolt
26 August 2017

1:1 Mentoring with Rosalind Davis
July 2017

How can we support emerging artists for a sustainable creative future?
Zealous Meet Up
13 July 2017

From Metal Sheet to Hollow Form - Making Vessels and Containers
with Adi Toch
The Cass, London Metropolitan University
April - June 2017

Practical Branding & Storytelling 1 day workshop
with Patricia van den Akker, The Design Trust
20 April 2017

The Art of Shouting Quietly workshop
with Pete Mosley
studio of Gabriella Szulman
28 March 2017

Exhibition Design & Delivery
with Kirsten Cooke
Chelsea College of Art
4 March 2017

Staying Motivated as a Creative Entrepreneur
with Gemma McGrath
Hotel Elephant
21 February 2017

Raising your profile through Social Media
with Rosalind Davis
Hotel Elephant
7 February 2017

Fundraising for Artists and Creative Entrepreneurs
with Carolyn McDonald
Hotel Elephant
31 January 2017

Business development workshops & mentoring
Patricia van den Akker, The Design Trust
January - April 2017

How to be Confident
The School of Life
2 December 2016

Coaching skills for Leadership
Relational Dynamics 1st at the National Theatre
18 November 2016

Certificate in Personal Coaching: 2 day introduction
The Coaching Academy
8-9 November 2016

Innovative Business models in the arts
Creative Lenses Forum/UAL
13 October 2016

Social Media and Marketing masterclass with Rosalind Davis
Gallery Elena Shchukina
14 September 2016

Creative business planning & time management
Summer school
The Design Trust
11 - 14 July 2016

Arts Networking Conference
Oxford Brookes University
27 June 2016

Arts Management: Introduction with Rosalind Davis
Chelsea College of Art
14/21 May 2016

BA (Hons) Decorative Arts, 1st, Nottingham Trent University 2014
Foundation Diploma Art & Design, Distinction, Oxford Brookes University 2011
MA Museum Studies, Merit, Newcastle University 2004
MA (Hons) Ancient Civilisations of the Mediterranean and Middle East, 2:1, University of Edinburgh 2002