Photographic autobiography (300 images of works by Mellon, with summaries of his career and inspirations), correspondence, 1975-2000, between Mellon and Bill Ismay, with 7 photographs of Slindon School, and Mellon's account of the Hillesden Community, including photographs.
The letters report news – and the strong opinions of the two correspondents - of the craft world. A letter of 3 July 1975 appears to be the first letter exchanged between the two men – Mellon writes 'how pleased I was to meet you…' – but Ismay is reported to have 'had so much from me in the past years'. As well as discussing Mellon's work and that of other craftsmen, the correspondence covers articles each wrote for publication, the organisation of the Art Week run annually by Mellon at Slindon in Sussex up to 1990, which Ismay recorded photographically, and exhibitions which they attended and to which Ismay loaned pieces. Ismay travelled the country by public transport, and his letters often report on his travel plans. Letters in the 1980s often mention Mabel Padfield and her disappointments with attempts at firing ceramics.