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Ken and Elsa Nekola

Ken Nekola has been a working potter for over forty years. He began making pottery while a student at SIU-Edwardsville and was hired as one of Rowe Pottery’s first production potters in Cambridge in 1980. He also spent two decades as a potter at Ephraim Pottery in Lake Mills. His current work is functional, wood-fired stoneware with Shino glazes and applied wood ash.


Elsa Nekola is Ken’s daughter. Growing up in Cambridge amongst a strong pottery community contributed to Elsa’s interest in high-fire, functional stoneware. She learned pottery through working with Ken, and taking classes through local pottery studios and Madison College. She enjoys the process-oriented work of pottery and is continually humbled and fascinated by what she learns from each firing. 


Ken and Elsa’s current work is fired in a small wood kiln inspired by Fred Olsen’s fast-fire kiln designs.

Host Potter

Peter Jackson
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