Artist - Jay Trenchard

Work Available at Amphora

Artist Statement
Fifty years ago, I started my journey into clay after taking classes with an inspiring mentor, Thanos Johnson, at College of Marin. I made and sold my work out of my San Jose studio for over 35 years creating ever-changing designs and glazes. One of my first successful designs was a wine goblet, which led me into a passionate interest in wine, food, winemaking, and grape growing.

In 2004, I took a different path and became a wine buyer/salesman for Whole Foods Market, which I did for 10 years. After retiring in 2017 and moving to Paso Robles, I set up a studio again. I discovered that Paso Robles is a unique geologic area which encourages what the French call “terroir” or a sense of place in the wines produced here.

My current interest is to produce pottery that expresses that “terroir” by using locally sourced materials for my glazes. I hope you enjoy using my work as much as I love making it.