"My pots investigate the sculptural nature of objects and the desire for useful ware."
Nathan Falter's current work takes inspiration from the beginning of the industrial revolution--a time when things were mass produced but not fully mechanized. It was a moment when man was just beginning to master machine. His pieces embody the quirky nature of discovery and reflect a desire to revisit the past.
Falter prefers to work as immediately as possible in small groups, six to a dozen pieces at a time. Most pieces are wheel thrown, altered, and assembled. He uses a limited palette of very sensitive glazes and fires often in a small gas-fueled kiln. His work cycle is chaotic, but it allows for the whole making process to be seen as a moment, a moment where the piece reveals itself.
Raised in southern Missouri, Nathan Falter earned a B.F.A. in ceramics from Missouri State University in 1995, and an M.F.A. in ceramics and sculpture from the University of Delaware in 1998. In addition to creating pieces for exhibitions and commission work, he teaches as an adjunct professor at Missouri State University. In 1998, he co-founded a community clay center with his wife, Jennifer Falter.
Selected Exhibitions & Awards
17th Annual San Angelo National Ceramic Competition, San Angelo, TX, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, 2008 American Craft Exposition, Illinois, Evanston, 2009 Philadelphia Museum of Art Fine Craft Show, PA, Philadelphia, 2008 Cherry Creek Art Festival, Colorado, Denver, 2008 Saint Louis Art Fair, Missouri, Saint Louis, 2008