Melissa uses what she considers relatively simple materials to create her wall panels. Beginning with float (recycled window) or plate glass, pieces are cut and arranged with hand-cut glass shapes, glass beads, mica, copper, steel and aluminum. Layers are created and then kiln-fired to fuse, and once fired, they are assembled.
According to Melissa, “Everything is the result of the smaller parts constructing a whole — an entity which is the sum of its parts — language, landscape, architecture, physics, color, a necklace, a novel. So what I manifest is also in this spectre. Choosing from thoughts and observations which make up an hour, a day, a lifetime.” She continues, "a horizon view, five matching flowers, poetry, a shoe pebble, rain, history, absurdity, pink on orange at 4 o'clock. Elements of a moment recorded by physical presence; rituals of assembling, abstraction and order; polemics; illogical random acts of beauty; a documentation of time flying and patience; measuring time to see what it really looks like; trying to see something as it is, just different than expected. These are some things which fuel my work.” she concludes.