Oakland Parks, Recreation and Youth Development
Recreation Specialist II, PT
Nathan Ring is a potter with a special interest in the Northern California coastline, kayak fishing, and history. His pottery is inspired by his curiosity of the natural world, past pottery traditions, and his deep appreciation for the understated beauty of Japanese tea ware. While pursuing his love of form and function, Nathan has simultaneously explored traditional Japanese glazes, with a focus on Oribe and Shino. He has worked with different atmospheric firings and desires to focus on wood and soda firings in his future work. Nathan was born and raised in Sacramento, the rural heartland of California. While pursuing his passion for pottery he also served in the Army Reserves for nearly ten years, finishing his military service fall 2011. He studied at Cosummes River College with Yoshio Taylor and recently finished his BFA in Ceramics at the California College of the Arts with Arthur Gonzalez and Nathan Lynch. Currently he teaches pottery at the Berkeley art studio and works as a studio technician at Studio One while working on his own craft at Clay Station pottery.