Instead, Jonathan took a job as a talent agent after graduation. "I felt like an imposter because the true me was a potter," he says. Finally, 14 years ago, Jonathan summoned the courage to quit his job and make pottery full time. "Forget about that stupid teacher," he says. "I'm going to make the stuff I want to make and make it just for me."
Today, Jonathan has eight stores across the country and his products are also sold in department stores like Barney's. Did Jonathan ever imagine this kind of success? "I think my idea of success at the time would have just been hawking my wares at a rain-soaked craft fair," he says. "I wanted to just say something with pots. It never occurred to me in a ba-gillion years that I would get to do all this stuff."