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Jered Nelson has hand-thrown over 50,000 vessels in his 20-year long career as a potter. Jered considers himself to be first and foremost a craftsman. Beautiful design, he believes, inevitably comes from fine craftsmanship. Jered’s fascination with how people interact with ordinary objects--a lip to a cup, a hand on a bowl--inspires the subtle details in his functional ware.

The youngest of ten children, Jered grew up in the little cattle-town of Ft. Pierre, South Dakota. He spent much of his childhood close to the natural world on ranches and farms. His father was a farrier, livestock investigator, leather worker, traveling cowboy and poet. Jered developed his artist’s eye for detail while watching his father at work.

Before completing a degree in ceramics in Minnesota, Jered was in the Navy. Over the years Jered worked—to fund his clay habit—in grain elevators,…

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  • Joined May 17, 2008

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water, fire, California clay

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About

Jered Nelson has hand-thrown over 50,000 vessels in his 20-year long career as a potter. Jered considers himself to be first and foremost a craftsman. Beautiful design, he believes, inevitably comes from fine craftsmanship. Jered’s fascination with how people interact with ordinary objects--a lip to a cup, a hand on a bowl--inspires the subtle details in his functional ware.

The youngest of ten children, Jered grew up in the little cattle-town of Ft. Pierre, South Dakota. He spent much of his childhood close to the natural world on ranches and farms. His father was a farrier, livestock investigator, leather worker, traveling cowboy and poet. Jered developed his artist’s eye for detail while watching his father at work.

Before completing a degree in ceramics in Minnesota, Jered was in the Navy. Over the years Jered worked—to fund his clay habit—in grain elevators, factories, stock yards, stables, and a horse racing track. He also rode rodeo.

From 1992 to 1993, Jered apprenticed for master potter Richard Pankratz in Colorado. Later, he was greatly influenced by his friendship with ceramic artist Paul Soldner from whom he learned about sculpture and design in clay.

In 2000, Jered returned to the Black Hills in South Dakota where he threw pots in an old dairy barn. He built a wood-fire kiln that he fed free scrap from the local saw mills. Jered worked in this self-imposed isolation to refine his craft for four years.

In 2004, Jered moved to the Bay Area and set out to develop his own clay formula made from as much California clay as possible. Today he throws strong, vitreous stoneware made from 73% local California clay, and a beautiful porcelain body made from 50% California clay. He opened his current studio and boutique location in Berkeley in 2008.

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