Nate Saunders


Nate Saunders began taking pottery classes at the Edina Art Center at the age of 5. He quickly fell in love with the responsiveness of clay and was hooked a couple of years after when he tried throwing on the wheel for the first time. Something about it just kept bringing him back constantly, and leaving each class, he’d remember hardly being able to wait for the next. He began taking adult classes at the Art Center at age 11. Being challenged in this way really helped Nate to grow as a person and develop his skills in clay. Shortly thereafter Nate was given the opportunity to start working as an Intern in the ceramics studio. This was one of his most valuable experiences in life. Nate was truly immersed in clay. Through this job he began to learn about mixing and recycling clay, mixing slips and glazes, as well as, fire kilns. He learned so much from this experience that he will carry for the rest of his life. Nate’s work for the past few years has been primarily salt/soda fired. In addition, he quite often fires wood or gas reduction kilns. All of his work is wheel thrown on a Leach Treadle Wheel and is made for daily use. Nate strives for a high level of craftsmanship and makes pots that are aesthetically beautiful. His goal is to create pieces that create a conversation with the user and truly enhance daily life. Nate started selling his work here and there, but in 2015 was when he really started to participate in art fairs, sales, and shows. After graduating high school, Nate is attending the College at Saint John’s University in Collegeville, Minnesota. He feels that he is truly blessed to be a part of this incredible ceramics community and to be working with two incredible potters, Samuel Johnson, and Joe Singewald.

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