Ned grew up in Lititz, Lancaster County, PA and graduated from the Philadelphia College of Art with a degree in graphic art. Upon his return to Lititz he was offered a teaching position and at twenty-one began teaching art at Schuykill Valley High School.
He taught himself to make redware during this time. After eighteen years of teaching, he decided to make pottery his full-time career. In the first years he dug his own clay and made tiles and small pieces which were sold at the Ephrata Cloister shop. His style changed and developed along with the business.
He now creates the pottery in several different ways. Some pieces are formed over molds, some are cast and many are hand-turned and sculpted. His decorating styles have also expanded including slip decorating, slip trail, cutwork, applied work, sgrafitto, sponging and stenciling.
Ned now does between twenty and thirty shows a year, including some at his own shop and others at museums and craft shows in other states. A list of dates and locations of his shows can be found on the schedule on this site.
Foltz Pottery is mentioned in the October 1998 issue of Country Living magazine as one of the next collectibles.