Ann Melton

Ann Melton discovered clay at an early age and over time developed a wide range of ceramic techniques. She began formal ceramic studies in Manises, Spain. At Mountain Empire Community College, Ann participated in an intense two year Studio Potter program, then went on to graduate from Virginia Commonwealth University with a Bachelor of Fine Art. For 10 years, Ann designed for an international pewter company. She now lives on Melton Farm in Beachton, GA and works out of “Galloping Snail Studio” where she combine the two disciplines. The resulting work is both functional and decorative which savor the uniqueness of the red hills region.

Ann formulates and mixes her stoneware and overglazes. All pieces are either thrown on a potters wheel, handbuilt or hand pressed into molds Ann made from her original sculptures. All decorative motifs on the stoneware are Ann’s original designs which she has hand painted on the ware. Each piece is one of a kind.

The pewter is heirloom quality that does not contain lead and is not plated. All pewter designs and sculptures are from Ann’s original art. She makes molds from her originals and casts multiples that she polishes and assembles into jewelry, ornaments, sculptures, and combine with stoneware.

Racism is Trauma

Crossnore School & Children’s Home exists to be a sanctuary for children and their families and racism destroys sanctuary. Racism is trauma and is part of systemic community trauma that has long term negative impacts on people and communities of color. Crossnore believes that black lives matter, and we are committed to building an anti-racist organization and supporting the development of racial equity in our communities. 

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