Author Profile
Nick Vest

Nick Vest is a practicing artist based in Jingdezhen, China, and co-proprietor of MenLo Gallery and Studio. Born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, he earned his MFA from Kansas State University and his BFA from Alfred University. Vest has been a resident artist at the Shangyu Celadon Modern International Ceramic Art Center, The Gaya Ceramic Art Center, and The Qionglai Ceramic Center, among others. Vest was a resident artist at the American Museum of Ceramic Art (AMOCA) from September 2022 through March 2023.


Nick Vest buying two objects at the Ghost Market  to start work with. Photo by Wu Fan
I didn’t mean to come here; I "knew" about Jingdezhen, of course, about blue and white pots and porcelain, but I’ve never been a person in love with clay in THAT way. I fall into the "clay is a material" camp of ceramic artists and thought that Jingdezhen was a place for people more in the "clay is life from the earth" wing. I was wrong, and coming here was the best thing I’ve ever meant not to do.