Jackie Melissas has an extensive background as a teacher, ceramicist, painter, printmaker and book illustrator. She has exhibited both nationally and internationally and has work in numerous private collections.
Melissas majored in painting/printmaking at the Rhode Island School of Design and has both Bachelor of Fine Arts and Master of Arts in Teaching degrees. She is drawn to the sensual nature of clay, fire and the organic use of media. Her work reflects an examination of archeological roots and contemporary aesthetics. Jackie's Raku and Smoked works are fired in pine needles, twigs, and seaweed harvested in midcoast Maine.