Visit an Artist: Janice Jakielski and Joshua Persky


Monday, June 22, 2020, 6:30pm to 7:30pm



Ceramic work by Janice JakielskiJoin us for a virtual field trip to an artist's studio! We will visit contemporary ceramic artists for a guided tour of their space, a demo of their process, and discussion about their work and how it has progressed throughout their career. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and participate in the discussion.

This visit takes place in Sutton, Massachusetts where you might find Janice Jakielski, and her husband Joshua Persky, outside tending their beehives. Recently Jakielski and Persky teamed up to start MELD Materials. Together they are adapting and reinventing advanced ceramic materials and processes for the studio artist. They currently have a patent pending for their ultra-thin film flexible porcelain.

Event: Monday, June 22nd, 2020 from 6:30 - 7:30pm


Cost: Free for Harvard Undergraduates. $25.00 for Harvard Graduate Students, Harvard Staff and Adult Community.

Note: All classes will meet online using free, accessible applications. Once you have registered for a course, you will receive an email with details on how to access your class via Zoom. In order to participate in these courses, you will need to have access to a computer (or tablet or smartphone) with a camera, and an internet connection. You will need to download Zoom before the first class. New to using Zoom? Here are the specific system requirements needed to run Zoom. Questions? Feel free to email Kathy King, Director at

Artist Biographies:

Janice Jakielski received her Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics from the University of Colorado, Boulder and a Bachelor in Fine Arts from New York State College of Ceramic Art and Design at Alfred University.  She has exhibited both nationally and internationally including the; The Society of Art and Craft, Boston, MA, Cross MacKenzie Gallery, Washington DC, Eutectic Gallery, Portland, OR and the Jane Hartsook Gallery, New York, NY. Jakielski has participated in numerous residencies such as the Archie Bray Foundation, Roswell Artist in Residency, Djerassi and Millay Colony for the Arts.  She is a recent recipient of a 2019 Mass Cultural Council Artist Fellowship. Jakielski has a studio, laboratory and apiary in Sutton, MA.

Joshua Persky received his Bachelor of Science in Ceramic Engineering from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. During his time at Alfred he also pursued studies in ceramic art and glassblowing. As an engineer he has developed high tech ceramic solutions for turbine blades for Pratt and Whitney, and high temperature ceramic applications and fuel cells at CoorsTek. In his previous role as the Director of Fuel Cell Materials at Protonex Technology, Persky developed and managed innovative material solutions and processes for solid oxide fuel cells with a primary focus on cell and stack components. He has managed multiple government funded product development programs including a successful phase I and phase II SBIR from NASA, where he created an innovative high surface area lamellar structured SOFC anode support. Joshua holds multiple patents in his field. Currently as the CEO and COO of Low Emissions Resources -Global, he and his team are developing ceramic reactors to generate cost effective Hydrogen from renewable energy.

Portrait of Janice as beekeeper, ceramic work, portrait of Joshua Persky, ceramics