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Beautiful Plates Made in the East Bay

Bring the top chefs’ choice for dinnerware home with you.


By Zachariah Kobrinsky

When chef Michael Mina wanted stunning dinnerware for his splashy eponymous San Francisco restaurant, he went to ceramics superstar Jered Nelson. Word of Nelson’s rustic-yet-refined style spread, and he was soon talking Spanish tapas plates with chef Michael Chiarello for his San Francisco restaurant, Coqueta.

Next, it was Restoration Hardware that sought out the Richmond potter to design and craft a line for its stores. And now, Nelson is launching his own dinnerware collection, called California Line, inspired by his most successful pieces and designed to serve a wide array of food.

“The way people eat has changed,” says Nelson. “A salad has become a meal, so there is less need for a small salad plate. And there are bowls for ramen or pho—big bowls for dishes like those that are meals.”

You can find Nelson’s new collection at his Richmond studio and at various NorCal shops, including The Gardener in the Ferry Building. jeredspottery.com.

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