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Vaughan Nelson

One Blue Marble

"With vibrant colors and interesting patterns, I stimulate the senses and create interest. Each piece I create begs to be touched. I embellish many pieces with polymer clay beads and finish them off with glass and stone beads that complement the work of art."

Like a lot of people, Vaughan Nelson makes art as a way to express himself using something other than words. He strives to create beauty that is not based on perfection and tries to maintain an organic feel to his work. Irregular edges, asymmetrical shapes, and imperfect circles are where he finds beauty, and his work shows these qualities.

Nelson's work is inspired by the techniques used by folk artists around the world and by patterns he sees in nature. He hand builds each piece using stoneware clay. After each piece is fired once, it is glazed. He applies each dot one by one and then fires the piece a second time. Because each piece is made by hand, variations in color and pattern will occur.

Nelson studied ceramics at San Diego Mesa and City College and at Clay Associates in San Diego. By taking workshops from various potters around the world, he has developed the skills to make and decorate his unique ceramic works of art.

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Velvet Red Mug
Ceramic Mug
by Vaughan Nelson
$ 40 - $ 46
Linear Mod Mug
Ceramic Mug
by Vaughan Nelson
$ 40 - $ 46
Holiday Mugs
Ceramic Mug
by Vaughan Nelson
$ 42 - $ 80
Circle Wall Totem
Ceramic Wall Sculpture
by Vaughan Nelson
$ 220
Blackline Wall Totem
Ceramic Wall Sculpture
by Vaughan Nelson
$ 260
Black Optix Mug
Ceramic Mug
by Vaughan Nelson
$ 40 - $ 46
Blackline Flair Bowl
Ceramic Bowl
by Vaughan Nelson
$ 130 - $ 150
Puzzle Flair Bowl
Ceramic Bowl
by Vaughan Nelson
$ 130 - $ 150
Circle Flair Bowl
Ceramic Bowl
by Vaughan Nelson
$ 130 - $ 150
Chex Mug
Ceramic Mug
by Vaughan Nelson
$ 40 - $ 46
Circle Mug
Ceramic Mug
by Vaughan Nelson
$ 40 - $ 46
Blue Ring Mug
Ceramic Mug
by Vaughan Nelson
$ 40 - $ 46
Swirl Mug
Ceramic Mug
by Vaughan Nelson
$ 40 - $ 46
Blackline Mug
Ceramic Mug
by Vaughan Nelson
$ 40 - $ 46
Half Optix Mug
Ceramic Mug
by Vaughan Nelson
$ 40 - $ 46
Botanical Mug
Ceramic Mug
by Vaughan Nelson
$ 40 - $ 46
Squiggle Mug
Ceramic Mug
by Vaughan Nelson
$ 40 - $ 46
Puzzle Mug
Ceramic Mug
by Vaughan Nelson
$ 40 - $ 50
White Mug
Ceramic Mug
by Vaughan Nelson
$ 40 - $ 46
Ripple Mug
Ceramic Mug
by Vaughan Nelson
$ 40 - $ 46
Deco Teapot
Ceramic Teapot
by Vaughan Nelson
$ 160
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
Coronado Artwalk, Cornoado, California, Coronado, 2011
Small Image Show, San Diego, California, Spanish Village, 2010
Art Beth-El, Florida, St. Petersburg, 2015