Melissas Teaches “Adventures in Hand-Building Clay”

Jackie-Melissas-smoke-fired-clay-vessel-Little-CousinJackie Melissas, “Little Cousin,” smoke-fired clay

The Centre St Arts Gallery, LLC, is offering a class in clay hand-building, which will be taught by artist Jackie Melissas on 4 Saturdays, Oct. 17, 24, 31, and Nov. 7, from 10 am to 12 noon, 11 Centre Street, Bath.  The cost for 4 classes is $150, all materials included. Enrollment is limited and early registration is suggested.  Visit or call the gallery at 207-442-0300 to sign up and for more information.

Jackie Melissas calls the class “Adventures in Hand-Building: Creative hand building with clay to create vessels, plaques, tiles.” This class to teens and adults of all ability levels.

Melissas is a ceramicist, painter, printmaker, and book illustrator. She has exhibited nationally and internationally in Singapore, Brussels, and Iceland. Her work is in numerous private collections among them Sloan School of Industrial Management and the Luce Foundation. She is the recipient for awards for her work including two fellowships in ceramics at Skidmore College.

Melissas majored in painting and printmaking at the Rhode Island School of Design and has earned both bachelor of fine arts and master of arts in teaching degrees. Before moving to Maine she was a member of the art faculty at the North Shore Country Day School in Winnetka, Illinois.

She is drawn to the sensual nature of clay and fire, and the organic use of media. Her current work reflects an examination of archeological roots and contemporary aesthetics. These vessels are both the result of this fascination and an organic sensibility.