St. Mary’s Arts Council Meet the Makers: Melanie Dyson of Apple Mill

Welcome to our “Monthly Mini Feature”, we spotlight different local artisans and artisans who have been busy imagining, creating, dreaming and doing!

Our creator of the month for September 2022 is Melanie Dyson of Apple Mill!

Our featured manufacturer is best known for their laser engraved gifts, custom engraved cutting boards, unique glassware, bottle openers, engraved wooden spoons and much more!

Melanie holds a BFA from Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA), where she majored in illustration and focused on graphic design and book arts.

This is where she was first introduced to laser engraving technology and fell completely in love with it!

Melanie even centered her thesis on the laser machine with an emphasis on creating wearable art.

After graduating and with the support of his family, Dyson found a way to buy his own professional-grade laser in 2014 and has been working with it ever since.

After experimenting with a wide variety of different materials, our featured artist discovered that she preferred creating functional art (cutting boards, glassware, etc.).

A big goal from the start was to make sure its items were affordable for everyone. Most coins range from $3 to $30. Everything is engraved by Melanie herself in her local studio and most of her designs are inspired by her longtime home in St. Mary’s County.

When she’s not busy engraving, Melanie works at the family hardware store, Dyson Building Center.

Thank you Melanie for being an important part of our artistic community, we love your creativity and dedication to paying homage to our region’s favorite landmarks and objects!

Melanie Fun Fact: “Shepherd’s Old Field Market, where I have a large exhibit, was once the Leonardtown Building and Supply Company, owned by my grandfather, Jim Miedzinski, and his brother, Bob Miedzinski. It’s great that it’s been turned into something new and I’m so glad to be here!


To learn more about Melanie Dyson and her works, click on the links below:

Find Melanie’s work in larger local exhibitions:

And also on smaller local screens:

Upcoming craft fairs: