Jessica Thesing has spent almost 20 years studying ceramics personally, through educational institutions, through community coursework, and working for a short time in Cuenca, Ecuador for a famous father son team. Her interest has evolved into a movement to bring artisan style heirloom quality wares back into our everyday life. As a professional Urban Planner and Small Business Developer, Jessica’s also interested in local supply chains, local talent, and the development of our domestic and local artisan workforce. She believes that quality products of high design can be made here in our community and that makers can financially support themselves choosing creative careers.
Judy Nelson discovered and fell in love with clay early in her life. She then studied ceramics in high school and college and continued to take master classes and apprenticed in pottery studios on the east and west coast for over 40 years. After studying drafting at Frank Lloyd School of Architecture in the early ’70's, Judy worked in the environmental engineering field doing manual and CAD drafting and graphic illustration & design. Judy continues to refine her clay craft, as well as painting and drawing and has sold commissioned art in the U.S. and abroad. In 2015, Judy was asked to create 50 handcrafted mugs, made in the U.S.A. for Black Rifle Coffee Company. That project was the beginning of Mean Mugs Pottery LLC.