Popular ceramic artist, Natalie Warrens, born in Portland, Oregon in December 1960, has successfully catapulted her ceramic works into a sought after enterprise. After receiving her BA with honors in ceramics from Portland State University, Portland, Oregon in 1984, Natalie continued her education obtaining an MFA in ceramics from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois. On her way to perfecting her unique style of sunny colors and a glaze so fine that people often mistake her work for glass, Natalie was accepted in the 1992 American Craft Exhibition in Baltimore, Maryland where she now exhibits her work every year. From that contact, other fairs opened to her such as the Sun Valley Festival of the Arts, Sun Valley, Idaho; Southwest Arts Festival, Alburquerque, New Mexico; Park City Festival of Arts, Park City, Utah; Sausalito Art Fair, Sausalito, California; Womens Show, San Francisco, California; and the State Street Area Art Fair, Ann Arbor, Michigan. As a result of all of these fairs, galleries from all over the United States were introduced to her ceramics and orders continue to grow keeping Natalie successfully productive. She sells in over 35 galleries in at least 20 states as well as Saks Fifth Avenue stores and Gump’s in San Francisco.
Natalie’s many awards include “Emerging Talent” Artist, NCECA Conference, Syracuse, New York 1987; Scholarship, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinios 1984-1986; Traveling Fellowship, School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois 1986; Outstanding Art Student, Art Department, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon 1984; Lucille S. Welch Scholarship, Portland State University, Portland, Oregon 1984; Alumni Grant, Portland State University 1984; Honorable Mention, State Street Art Fair, Ann Arbor, Michigan 1996; and Best of Show, Ceramic Showcase, Oregon Potters Association, Portland, Oregon 2001.
There is a unique whimsical style to Natalie’s finely executed ceramics. The shapes of her vases, tea pots,bowls, platters and sculptures are her own designs as well as the images that decorate them such as crows, pears, dogs, abstract shapes, leaves, animals and natural shapes. Natalie’s intense colors are lovely shades of turquoise, yellow, blue, persimmon, rust and orange that are reminiscent of the Tropics. She gives credit for her color palette to her sojourns to visit her grandmother in Palm Springs when she was a child, leaving gray Portland in the winter to visit a tropical paradise.
Natalie discovered ceramics and throwing clay when she was in the seventh grade. “Art saved my life. It made me so happy to create something that was my own” One of her most recent popular creations is her lamps with her own hand made paper shades shaped to compliment her lamp designs. Whatever is next in line to be a “Natalie Original” you can be certain the craftsmanship will be superb.