Johannes Nagel was born in Jena, Germany, in 1979. In 2001, he served as an apprentice to noted potter Kinya Ishikawa in Val-David, PQ, Canada. Between 2002 and 2008, Nagel studied fine arts and ceramics at the University of Art & Design Burg Giebichenstein in Halle, Germany, ultimately graduating with a postgraduate level diploma. His ceramics question the function, form, and meaning behind traditional vessels. His pieces have been exhibited widely in group and solo shows.