Jess Parker was born and raised in Berkeley, California. Leaving Northern California in 1986 for college and life, Jess received a BA from Pomona College in 1990, a BFA from Alfred University in 1997, and spent two years as a Resident Artist at the Archie Bray Foundation from 1997-1999. She returned to the Bay Area in 1999 to settle down and raise her family. Jess currently makes pots at her home studio, teaches ceramics at The Potter's Studio in Berkeley and co-owns 510-Waterline, a stand up paddleboard company in Richmond, CA. She thinks of herself as demo-mom. Jess spends a lot of her time demonstrating how to do things for other people - and enjoys the benefits of reciprocal learning which naturally happens with teaching.