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Meet Jordan Nunez

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jordan Nunez.

Hi Jordan, we’re thrilled to have a chance to learn your story today. So, before we get into specifics, maybe you can briefly walk us through how you got to where you are today?
Good Mud Ceramics started as a sudden, spontaneous decision to enroll in a ceramics class in 2019. I had always been interested in mud, though. I was one of those dirt babies in the school sandbox. I’d dump out my water bottles to make a slurry, and by the end of lunch, I would have constructed an elaborate system of tunnels and animal statues.

While I didn’t have my predisposition in mind walking into my first studio, it didn’t take long for me to fall into that same childlike play. In a lot of ways, clay felt (and feels) like coming home. These days I’m not usually hanging around the sandbox or even a community space. The Good Mud studio lives inside my home and I fire all my work in my backyard.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
The hardest part was starting. It requires a lot of bravery to choose something off the beaten path. Once I had made the choice to follow my passions, the journey ahead unfolded so beautifully. I feel very lucky, of course, this isn’t the case for many artists. I’m fortunate to have a wonderful husband and family who never hesitates to support the shenanigans in the studio.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I really love creating pieces that nestle into your homes. I enjoy making porcelain paint palettes which help to elevate my fellow maker’s studio practices. If I were to assign a specialty at this time, I would say the paint palettes can’t be beat. That said, I have some really exciting new work coming this season which might just take the cake..!

I’m most proud of the way in which I run my studio. My collectors are an integral part of everything I do. I love creating space for folks to engage in my process as much as possible. I find so much joy in the connections I make with my audience. I want my community to feel valued, appreciated, and open to exploring their own creative journeys alongside me. One of my favorite ways to cultivate this relationship is through workshops. Working alongside my peers to create magic with clay is a highlight of my career.

What matters most to you?
The three pillars of Good Mud Ceramics are Creativity, Authenticity, and Joy. Everything I do is a reflection of these principles. Creativity is at the forefront, as it’s the magical driving force behind any maker that loves their work. Next, Authenticity, as it’s vitally important that I show up as myself. I want to engage with my collectors/friends/studio mates in a way that is meaningful and true. Finally, Joy. If I don’t find joy in my process or my work, then what’s the point? How will anyone else? My hope is that when someone selects a piece from me that they do so from a place of pure connection and joy.

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