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Meet Mel Jacobson - The Inventor

While hunting in their Wisconsin woods, Mel and his son Mark would talk about developing a product that would make wood tick removal from their beloved Golden Retriever and hunting partner easier and safer.  Today, Mel is making that dream come true.  As a world-renowned educator and artist, Mel focused his creativity and innovative thinking to develop a tick removal system to help eliminate the spread of Lyme disease and other health hazards.   This was the start of Rid-A-Tick, a revolutionary way to remove ticks from people and pets.


Although his son did not live to see their dream become a reality, Mel and his wife have established the Mark Jacobson Foundation.  They will donate a portion of the company's profits to the foundation.

Giving back to students...

After witnessing the struggle of removing wood ticks at camps for kids, Mel knew there had to be a better way.  Now there is.  Rid-A-Tick is simple, safe and is revolutionizing tick removal.  Mel's goal began to improve the lives of kids at summer camps.  For Mel, it's an opportunity to give something back to kids and to make the outdoors more enjoyable for everyone.

A distinguished teaching career...

Mel retired from Hopkins High School in 1993, after 34 years of teaching.  New York University and Studio Potter magazine chose Mel as one of the outstanding ceramic educators in America.


His idea for adult shared learning is flourishing at his Hay Creek Studio camp at his farm in Wisconsin.  As director, he has made a place for professional artists and teachers to share ideas.


Mel maintains a full-time studio in Minnetonka, Minnesota.  He writes for the major ceramic trade publications and continues workshops and conferences.  He has written several books on ceramics.


He has traveled the world extensively, including an apprenticeship to the studio of Kunio Uchida, master potter of Kyoto, Japan.

Mark Jacobson Foundation

The Mark Jacobson Foundation will remember and honor Mark's love of hunting, his passion for outdoor activities and his devotion to his Golden Retriever.


The Foundation's goal is to teach young people the joys of outdoor activities and appreciation for nature.  We hope to set aside hunting preserves to work with youth hunting programs and outdoor activities for the disadvantaged.


For more information about the Mark Jacobson Foundation, contact Mel Jacobson at or call him at 952-935-5943.



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