Melissa Kay-Steves has been making jewelry since she first repaired a special necklace from her grandmother when she was twelve. She taught herself basic techniques like wire wrapping and forming, for many years. In 2005, she took a PMC certification class and was instantly hooked. She spent many years creating and selling her work. She was asked to teach and instantly found her calling. In 2019, after 20 years of creating and 10 years of teaching, her mentor decided to sell his jewelry business and encouraged her to start her own teaching studio. She decided to take the leap and opened CharmTree Jewelry Studio, a metalsmith school on Kent Island, just East of Annapolis. She teaches metalsmith classes including precious metal clay. She is PMC certified through PMC Connection, Art Clay World and Camp PMC.