Mélanie has been a self-taught glass artist for almost 20 years.
The name of her line of glass jewelry and home objects, MÉLA, comes from the first syllables of her name: MÉlanie LAplante. But, mela also means to gather, to unite in Sanskrit. A nod to the thermoforming technique, fusion, which she mainly uses to make her creations.
A great traveler, she has traveled the world alone. It was during her stay of several years in Central and South America that she learned the making of ceramics and jewelry, as well as the manipulation of leather from experienced artisans.
Back in Montreal, while researching glazes for her ceramic jewelry, while experimenting with glass powder and mixed mediums, she fell in love with this material.
"For me glass is a
density material that makes the light vibrate.
I like to superimpose layers of colored glass which,
transformed by heat, forms a movement of which we see the
traces, different in each piece. I add my own touch, by
cold-faceting angles following the curves created by the heat.
A paradox in itself to rework the heat by the cold!
The end result then becomes mirrored or frosted to reflect and
diffuse light as only glass can."