Degrees and Certifications:

K-12 Single Subject Art Credential K-8 Multiple Subject Credential Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology

Ms. Melissa Bruno

When I was 9 years old, my grandpa taught me how to throw on the wheel and create pottery. I've always loved the metamorphosis pottery goes through: from a simple lump of clay and minerals to stone with a glassy finish-- which can never be quite exactly predicted before the fire. It's chaotic and beautiful and mirrors our own human stories.

In 2013, I earned my BA in anthropology from Sac State and became OBSESSED with ancient civilizations and human evolution- both physical and cultural. Digging through the earth to find our stories and piecing together the past-- never quite knowing if we have the story (which is constantly evolving as new information is added) right. How much like pottery!

Since 2014, I’ve earned 2 teaching credentials, a love of art history, and a ridiculous amount of techniques that I use, get bored of, then reinvent. The constant change in my art and techniques is my own metamorphosis as an artist and as an educator. 

Ceramics is a unique medium in that it combines science and art to leave a lasting impression that will be around for thousands of years after we are long gone. My goal is to get our scholars invested by thinking about what kind of legacy they’d like to leave behind.