SF Design Week spotlights third annual Clay With Your Food, June 18

Media Contact: John Hill


A competition featuring Northern California chefs 
at the nexus of food and ceramic art
June 18, 2017
Sunday at 4 p.m.
Photo by Alexandra Loscher.

RICHMOND, CA, April 7, 2017 – Jered’s Pottery, one of the West Coast’s foremost designers and manufacturers of fine dinnerware, is proud to announce the third annual CLAY WITH YOUR FOOD, an event presented in association with San Francisco Design Week featuring Northern California chefs competing at the nexus of food and ceramic art.

This year’s competitors include Brandon Jew, chef-owner of Mister Jiu’s in San Francisco, Jeff Russell, recently appointed executive chef at the forthcoming Charlie Palmer Steak in Napa, and Adam Tortosa, former executive chef at 1760 and Akiko’s, whose newest restaurant, Robin, opens in Hayes Valley later this spring. Judging the competition are food writer Rebecca Flint Marx, chef Daniel Patterson and painter Victor ReyesClay With Your Food takes place at Jered’s Pottery Studio in Richmond on Sunday, June 18 at 4 p.m. Tickets, which include food from Namu Gaji restaurant in San Francisco, are $100, and go on sale May 3 at 2017.sfdesignweek.org. A direct ticket link will be announced soon at jeredspottery.com/blogs/news.

Clay With Your Food is a food-meets-performance-art triathlon,” said Jered Nelson, founder of Jered’s Pottery. “The chefs are tasked with preparing food in the kiln at 1,000 degrees, throwing their own serving dish on the potter’s wheel and plating food on my original, sculptural vessels created for the occasion.”

“I conceived the idea for the competition in 2015 as a way to push chefs out of their comfort zone, and to start a conversation about what’s next in the world of food presentation. But the guiding spirit of the event,” added Nelson, “is the drive to play.”

This year’s event expands on previous years’ with a round of live, on-the-spot ekphrastic poetry in response to the event’s culinary and ceramic creations. Nelson’s wife, Sarah Kobrinsky, a professional poet as well as the director of marketing and business development for Jered’s Pottery, initiated the idea. Invited poets include Hugh Behm-SteinbergMK Chavez and poet laureate of El Cerrito, Maw Shein Win.

Chefs who have participated in previous Clay With Your Food competitions include Bill CorbettKelsey KerrMark LibermanEvan RichGalen Vasquez and former Top Chef TV show participant, Louis Maldonado.

Jered’s Pottery is Jered Nelson and his talented crew of artists and craftspeople. Jered has hand-thrown over 100,000 vessels in his 27-year career as a potter. The creations of Jered’s Pottery are today in use in some of the most popular high-end restaurants in the Bay Area, a growing list that includes Rich Table, Michael Mina, 1760, Coqueta, Nico and The Battery, to name a few.

Potter to local star chefs…the South Dakota native, who grew up on farms and ranches before earning a ceramics degree in Minnesota, allows chefs another dimension to explore when it comes to presenting their food.” (SF Weekly)

Before starting his own lines, Nelson worked as a prototyper and problem solver for Heath Ceramics where he worked with Chez Panisse, Dwell and House Industries, among many others. Now Jered’s Pottery hand-makes limited custom runs of fine dinnerware, sculpture, lighting and tile out of its own vitrified California clay.San Francisco Design Week spans the Bay Area from Silicon Valley to the city of San Francisco with more than 60 studio tours and 200 events throughout the week featuring world-renowned designers, entrepreneurs and innovative thought leaders. For more information visit 2017.sfdesignweek.org.


In association with San Francisco Design Week, Jered’s Pottery presents CLAY WITH YOUR FOOD, an annual competition at the nexus of food and ceramic art.

Brandon Jew
Jeff Russell
Adam Tortosa 

Rebecca Flint Marx

Daniel Patterson 

Victor Reyes

Hugh Behm-Steinberg
MK Chavez 
Maw Shein Win

June 18, 2017
Sunday @ 4 p.m.

Jered’s Pottery Studio
867 S. 19th St.
Richmond, CA 94804

Tickets include the cost of dinner catered by San Francisco’s Namu Gaji restaurant, and go on sale May 3 at 2017.sfdesignweek.org. For an update on a direct ticket link visit jeredspottery.com/blogs/news.

High-resolution photos are available for download here.
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