Natalie Warrens’ceramics are extremely fine thin pieces that challenge ideas of weight and gravity and celebrate boldness of color. Her airbrush and hand painted designs are finished with a high gloss clear glaze which adds a luminous glass-like quality to her work.
Warrens is a graduate of Portland State University and earned a Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1986.
“I wheel throw or hand-build earthenware clay into traditional and sculptural forms that are first bisque fired, then decorated. My intention is to push the clay to its physical limits. I throw extremely fine thin pieces and construct slab-built forms which visually challenge ideas of weight and gravity. Once bisque fired, I airbrush and hand paint my designs using low-fire vibrant colored underglazes. Finally, I apply a high-gloss clear glaze fired to 1800 degrees. The combination of the thinness of the clay, the smooth surface decoration, and the reflective clear glaze gives the work a luminous glass-like quality”.