Jim Melchert is an American artist best known for his ceramics and sculptures. After earning an AB in art history from Princeton University in 1952, he moved to Japan where he taught English for four years. Upon returning to the United States, he earned postgraduate degrees in painting at the University of Chicago (1957) and ceramics under Peter Voulkos at the University of California, Berkeley (1961). Throughout his career, Melchert worked with many media, including painting, drawing, performance art, film, and most notably sculpture and ceramics. His unique process involves breaking down, drawing on, and reassembling ceramic tiles before painting the new constructions with glaze.