INTERNATIONAL CLAYBOY AND VESSELIST
Jered Nelson has been a potter for 25 years. When he doesn’t have his hands in clay, he likes to sing, watch waves on the beach, and play hotwheels with his boy Jack. A lover of the extraordinary in the ordinary, Jered enjoys reading folktales and myths from around the world. He also loves to witness master crafstpeople in action. A natural problem solver and tinkerer, Jered has been working on a zero gravity dinnerware set for the future: space tourism.
POET/DIRECTOR OF MARKETING AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT
Sarah is a poet and writer. She loves to travel, watch cop shows, and eat lots of chocolate. In her former working life, Sarah was a flower delivery driver, a barista, an executive assistant, a perinatal yoga instructor, and a greeting card writer. Sarah was the 2013-2015 Poet Laureate of Emeryville, CA. She is also the mother of Jack. Her poems and stories have been published in Canada, the UK, and the USA. In another life, she might have been a detective.
PHOTOGRAPHER/UNCLE OF JACK
Zachariah has worked for the past five years as an apprentice for a National Geographic photographer. He is also a print journalist, photojournalist, field biologist, commercial photographer, robot engineer, self-proclaimed space journalist, as well as a full-time uncle to Jack. When he's not working, he's looking in dirt and muck for weird creatures, playing saxophone, ukulele, flute, nay, shakuhachi, singing songs, and talking about life over a beer with good friends.
Melissa Louise is a small sea creature native to California. She earned an MFA from the California College of the Arts, and writes poetry and creative non-fiction. She also sews together creatures, draws silly animals, binds books, and takes up any other craft that catches her eye. Melissa falls in love with every dog she sees and never turns down an offer for pie or pancakes. Her fondness for bright colors, strange monsters, and the tendency to stick out her tongue were inherited directly from her father.
Trevor was born in Bakersfield, but left California for a few years to attend Montana State University's ceramics program. He grew up with an appreciation for the outdoors and hunting, and spent some time working with a butcher, learning the best ways to make use of what he hunted. Trevor has a calico cat named Shadow and a chocolate lab named Sienna, who frequently joins him on his hiking trips. He enjoys watching sports and is a fan of the Golden State Warriors. Trevor also loves comedy – he listens to a wide variety of podcasts and especially appreciates Mike Judge's work. Seeing Neil Degrasse Tyson speak inspired Trevor to buy a high quality telescope that he enjoys making use of when he isn't working on his own pottery.
STUDIO ASSISTANT Luew has worked in pottery for 15 years. He was nine years old when he came to the United States from Laos. He has lived in Richmond for 28 years. He comes from a big family, with four brothers and three sisters. He remembers crabbing as a kid, but has never liked seafood. His favorite thing to eat is Laos-style papaya salad. Luew considers himself an outdoor person. He likes to go fishing, to play golf, and to watch all kinds of sports.