Melanie was born in Leicester to a family of busy fingered people and was always a maker of ‘things’. After taking an Art Foundation Course in Loughborough Mel discovered a love of creating on a small scale, so it was a natural progression to the School of Jewellery in Birmingham, to study for a BA in Jewellery and Silversmithing in the heart of the Jewellery Quarter.
After College Mel spent a couple of years in Greece - hence the company name which means ‘red’ in Greek. Returning to England in 2003, she set up her workshop, founded Kokkino, and has never looked back! Over the years she has worked to develop her own trademark style, utilising beautiful rich metal colours and textures, from the rich luxuriousness of silver blending to gold, to the bright pop of enamels and formica.
Mel creates beautiful timeless pieces with a modern twist, using considered design and exquisite craftsmanship and has exhibited in many prestigious exhibitions in the UK and abroad, including Goldsmiths’ Fair and at the Museum of Art and Design in New York. She is a founder member of tHE JEWELLERY MAKERS collective.
Mel is a drinker of copious cups of tea, the eater of an occasional Tunnocks wafer and loves to have the radio or a box-set for company!