Kathleen (Kay) Melzi was an inspirational Art teacher at Homerton College from 1938 until her retirement in 1970. Her unique character and encouraging teaching meant that she was an inspiration to generations of students. During her time at Homerton College, Kay Melzi helped students to craft pottery to very high standards and she made a significant contribution to the improvement of Art teaching in schools. Her 1967 book Art in the Primary School is still regarded as a standard textbook. During the Second World War, she ran art classes on Saturday mornings for evacuees, and continued these with local children.