About

Marek Jacisin was born and raised in Czechoslovakia where he received a Masters Degree in Economics. After he fled communist Czechoslovakia in 1986, he was granted political asylum in the USA. He settled down in California and later moved to Massachusetts. Always drawn to clay, he took his first ceramics course in 1990 at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston with Warren Matther.
 

Since 1991, he has spent most of his time studying, working and teaching at the Harvard University Office for the Arts Ceramics Program, formerly known as Radcliffe Ceramics Studio.

  • Guest Artist for Handbuilding Class Spring '14

  • Teaching assistant for Architectural Ornament Class Summer '13

  • Teaching assistant for Figure Class Fall '14, Spring '15, Fall'15, Spring '16

  • Teaching assistant for Architectural Ceramics Class Fall '16

  • Teaching assistant for Combined Methods Ceramics Class, Fall '19, Spring '20

  • Instructor for Ceramic Tile Class Spring '17, Fall '17

  • Instructor for Ceramic Mural Class Spring '18, Fall '18

  • Instructor for Tile Design Class, Summer ‘20
     

In 1997, he began to study graphic design, which further deepened his interest in simple, clean forms. Most of his designs are based on patterns of simple geometrical forms. He finds inspiration in everything around him, from elevator buttons and manhole cover to the terra cotta architectural fragments of Boston's Back Bay. Marek's work includes one-of-a-kind slab-built sculptural pieces, mosaics, tiled screens, and a limited series of decorative wall tiles. Clay isn't the only medium Marek is interested in. Digital art and photography are complimenting his ceramic work; all 3 interact and are source for each other.

 

His past exhibits have included the Annual Show and Sale at Harvard University Ceramics Studio, a solo exhibit at Harvard Holyoke Center in Cambridge, Artist's Open Studios in Arlington, MA., Alumni Show and Sale at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston, "Site Unseen" International Exhibition at Chattanooga, TN., 8th biennial "The State of Clay" at Lexington, MA. and 20th San Angelo National Ceramic Competition


Marek focuses on public art and recently finished a Tile Mural projects in Palo Alto, CA., Tiles Commission at Rockford Memorial Hospital, Rockford, IL., Bas-relief Ceramic Mural that is part of the collaborative project for Cambridge Hospital in Cambridge,MA (2013) and Somerville,MA (2016), Transformer Box Mural Project for Arlington Public Art, Arlington, MA (July 2016) and outdoor sculpture for Kennard Park Sculpture Trail (October 2016)

Marek's work is in the permanent collections of the National Museum of Slovenia, Ljubljana, Slovenia, Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taipei, Taiwan, Mark Rothko Art Centre, Daugavpils, Latvia and Arthur S. Goldberg Collection, Brookline, MA. USA​

 

Marek's Visual Playground

Marek's Visual Playground

Visual Playground" sculpture is part of the exhibition by 14 sculptors in Kennard Park, Newton, Massachusetts. The outdoor exhibition will be open till November 11. 2016. My sculpture installation aims to transform this part of the Kennard Park into a visual playground. This sculpture recreates visual elements from a board game. These are the player pieces, and the park itself is the board.

Painting transformer box

Painting transformer box

Painting transformer electric box for Arlington Public Art

@ Harvard Ceramics Studio

@ Harvard Ceramics Studio

working on the Della Robbia practice project with Allison Newsome. Photo by Cary Chou

@Fuller Craft Museum

@Fuller Craft Museum

exhibiting at "The State of Clay: Pushing Boundaries" at Fuller Craft Museum

@ Harvard Ceramics Studio

@ Harvard Ceramics Studio

working in the new studio at the Ceramics Program, Office for the Arts at Harvard, Address: 224 Western Avenue, Allston, MA.

Marek at State of Clay 201602

Marek at State of Clay 201602

I am honored to be selectd to the 2016 State of Clay exhibition

@ home studio in Arlington

@ home studio in Arlington

working on the prototype of low relief wall tile

@ Harvard Ceramics Studio

@ Harvard Ceramics Studio

ready to unload "Big Freddy" kiln

My 2014-2017 exhibitions list
 
  1. Gallery 224 Instructor Invitational
    Ceramics Program at OFA at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. USA

  2. 20th San Angelo National Ceramic Competition
    San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, San Angelo, TX. USA

  3. Mount Desert Art Meets Science Invitational
    MDIB Laboratory, Bar Harbor, ME. USA

  4. 4th International Triennial of Silicate Arts
    Kecskemet Cultural and Conference Centre, Kecskemét, Hungary

  5. The State of Clay: Pushing Boundaries
    Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA. USA

  6. III. International Triennial of Ceramics UNICUM 2015
    National Museum of Slovenia, Ljubljana, Slovenia

  7. Dimension Reimagined Audio Concepts' 7th Art Exhibit
    Boston, MA,USA  February 2016 -2017

  8. Mural Project at Cambridge Hospital
    Cambridge, MA. USA (May 2016)

  9. The State of Clay 2016
    The Ceramics Guild of the Lexington Arts & Crafts Society, Lexington, MA. USA

  10. Transformer Box Mural Project
     Arlington Public Art, Arlington, MA (July 2016)

  11. Latvia International Ceramics Biennale 2016
    Mark Rothko Art Centre, Daugavpils, Latvia (July 2016)

  12. Taiwan Ceramics Biennale 2016
    New Taipei City Yingge Ceramics Museum, Taipei, Taiwan (July 2016)

  13. Kennard  Park  Sculpture Trail 2016
    Newton, MA. USA (Sep.10 - Nov. 11, 2016)

  14. 2016 Ceramic Tile, Pewabic
    Detroit, MI.  (November 2016)

  15. Under one Roof - Gallery 224
    Resident artists and Instructors of Harvard Ceramics Program,
    OFA at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA. USA

  16. Governors Island Art Fair 
    Governors Island, New York, USA  (September 2017)

  17.  LandArtLab ’17 Show
    Woodstock, Vermont (September 2017)

  18. 5th International Triennial of Silicate Arts
    Kecskemét, Hungary (September 2017)

  19. Cluj Ceramics Biennale 2017
    Cluj, Romania (October 2017)

My Hats

​Sculptor​​
What:  Sculptures, Public Art, Tiles, Murals, Screens, Portraits

​Techniques: Hand Building, Slab Building, Slip Casting, Mold Making, Silk Screen, Raku Firing
Clay: Terra Cotta, Raku, Low Fire Slip, Stoneware

Where:  Ceramics Program at Harvard University,
Feet of Clay, SMFA Boston

Educational Media Coordinator
What: ​Faculty Presentations, Image Editing, Video Production, Poster Printing , Slide Scanning, Graphic Design, Tutorials, Training,  Lecture Capture, Classroom Setup/Remote Broadcasting​,
Tools: Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, Canvas, PowerPoint, Final Cut, Camtasia, Panopto, Moodle,
Where: New England College of Optometry​, Boston

Instructor​​
What: Instructor for Ceramic Tile Class Spring '17
Teaching assistant for Architectural Ceramics Fall '16
Teaching assistant for Figure Class Fall '14, Spring '15, Fall'15, Spring'16
Teaching assistant for Handbuilding: Architectural Ornament Class Summer '13

Where: Harvard University - Ceramics Program, Allston

Graphic & Web Designer
What: Freelance Graphic Design, Website Design, Social Media Presence
Clients: 3D+,Village Travel Agency, Gilbert Real Estate, Peirce School, ​Dagmarka Fashion Design
Where: Arlington, MA​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

Digital Artist & Photographer
What: 
Digital Photography, Photoshop Image Manipulation, Still Photograph , 3D Animation,  Image Presentatioons/Slide Shows
Tools: Canon EOS 750D, Adobe Photoshop, Encore, iPhoto,Picasa, Google Sketchup

Where: Arlington, MA

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Marek V. Jacisin / Tel. 857.334.3032 / Email: marekjacisin@gmail.com 

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@ home studio in Arlington

working on the prototype of low relief wall tile