Meet the Maker: Carole Neilson Ceramics

Spotted SF / Carole Nielson Ceramics

Spotted SF / Carole Nielson Ceramics

Spotted SF / Carole Nielson Ceramics

Spotted SF / Carole Nielson Ceramics

Spotted SF / Carole Nielson Ceramics

Spotted SF / Carole Nielson Ceramics

Spotted SF / Carole Nielson Ceramics

Spotted SF / Carole Nielson Ceramics

Spotted SF / Carole Nielson Ceramics

Spotted SF / Carole Nielson Ceramics

Spotted SF / Carole Nielson Ceramics

Spotted SF / Carole Nielson Ceramics

I bought my first set of Carole Neilson’s espresso cups a few years ago when I discovered them at a shop in the Mission. Her organic forms combined with the smoky glazing add a bit of mystique to each piece. I’ve followed her work since and it was happenstance that we crossed paths recently at a shared kitchen. We quickly became friends and soon after I stopped by her studio.

Originally from the Alsace region of France, Carole studied ceramics in Belgium and is now based in San Francisco. She works from her lovely house in Corona Heights. It was a treat to see her process and to admire the assortment in her finished collection, including many displayed throughout her home. The glazing, she explained, was the result of fire-baking the pieces, smoking them in layers of sawdust and allowing nature to take its course. This creates the beautiful and unique effect on each.

When Carole is not working on custom orders, including the dinnerware collection at Saison, you can find her ceramics on her site and at select shops and craft fairs in the city. For the latest updates check out her Instagram.

*All images by me, Leslie.