Our June 2023 featured artist, Yong Hong Zhong, honed his professional skills in high-profile animation studios. After 14 years he moved his
Born in 1960, Natalie was exposed to the arts at a very young age and began to pursue a career in art during high school. She received her Bachelor of Arts from Portland State University in 1984, and immediately continued her studies at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, earning a Master of Fine Arts in Ceramics in 1986.
Natalie began selling her work in the Chicago area while also teaching ceramics part-time at both the university level and in Chicago’s public schools as a visiting artist. Much of her inspiration came from these teaching experiences, especially while working with children. Their spontaneity and daring use of color continues to influence Natalie’s work. She is inspired by the natural world as well as pop culture and enjoys incorporating images of animals in her work to express her deep connection with their energy.
Natalie maintains a full-time ceramic studio in Portland, Oregon.
She exhibits and sells her work in local and national juried shows and galleries. She has been a member of the Oregon Potters Association since 1992 and was a board member for Art in the Pearl from 2011-2016. She teaches at Mt. Hood Community College and Clackamas Community College.
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