Melody Rose: just my cup of tea…

Friday mornings at Portobello Market

Friday mornings at Portobello Market are a perfect way to start the weekend.  On the particularly occasion I first spotted Melody Rose‘s delightful china, I had the Smalls in tow.  Keen to spend their limited pocket money on a market bargain, I explained that this was a ‘don’t touch’ stall.

Melody Rose upcycled ceramics

Melanie Roseveare, Canadian-born designer and founder of Melody Rose, specialises in upcycled ceramics.  What does this mean, I hear you cry!  In essence, Melanie rejuvenates vintage bone china by adapting it for our modern tastes.  Pieces are re-fired in the kiln before they emerge as rock-chic china.

As I have an obsession for skulls, I immediately fell in love with her skull-design tea cups on display at her market stall and then needed to know more…

How long ago did you launch Melody Rose and how did it all start?

I launched Melody Rose in 2011. I was working on the designs, ideas and making for a few years in my spare time before launching Melody Rose properly in July 2011.

Do you hate drinking tea out of anything other than bone china?

I drink everything out of bone china now if I can help it. Cocktails are wonderful in a teacup!

Which area of London do you live in?

I live in Willesden Green, NW2. I’ve been here for 10 years since I moved in with my husband.

How are you inspired by London in your designs?

London is a huge part of my inspiration.  I love the city! I moved here from Canada in my early twenties and it’s been a love affair every since.

skull saucer from Melody Rose

Which is your favourite piece?

It’s impossible to pick a favourite piece, I’m always producing new work.  Saying that, I’m currently drinking from the upcycled vintage gold teacup with the skull design.

Does anyone famous drink tea from your china?

A few well-known people have bought Melody Rose pieces but whether they use them for tea drinking is a different matter.

What did you do before Melody Rose?

I worked as a freelance project and programme manager on a really diverse range of projects – while developing my designs in my spare time.

How long have you had a stall at Portobello Market?

Just over a year, I set up my first market stall at Portobello in August 2011.  Portobello Market has been great for launching Melody Rose.  I love getting instant feedback on new designs and seeing right away what works and what doesn’t.

Melanie Roseveare, designer & founder of Melody Rose

What type of tea do you drink?

I like fruit teas best….

Which is your favourite cake?

It’s got to be strawberry cheesecake for me every time!

Who would you love to have a cup of tea with?I’d love to have a cup of tea with Grayson Perry.  I’d even share my cheesecake!

Tell us a secret about your business.

It’s so much fun it never feels like work…..ssssshhhh….

Don’t keep this china for best – most of it even goes in the dishwasher.

You’ll find a selection of Melody Rose online at as well as a list of stockists here

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