Carey Nathanson

Carey Nathanson

Award(s): 2024 Bray Fellow
Residency Years: 2024
Posted in: Current Artist, Current Long Term Resident, Past Artist, Past Long Term Resident


Carey Nathanson
2024 Bray Fellow
Wilmington, North Carolina

Carey Nathanson’s work is primarily hand-built and wood fired cups, platters, bottles and other vessels. Using pine and a mixture of hardwoods, the goal is to fire several days to saturate the work with fly ash, encourage local reduction effects by building large ember beds and create dramatic surfaces with big color palettes. With each wood firing, the surfaces of the pieces record a snapshot in time of unique conditions and are affected by the place, materials and individual collaborators within that universe.

Nathanson started working with clay during his high school years in his home town of Wilmington, North Carolina. In 2018 and 2019 he studied wood firing as a studio assistant under John Dix in Kobe, Japan and Nick Schwartz in Comptche, California. He has completed residencies at the American Museum of Ceramic Art, Mendocino Art Center, STARworks, Red Lodge Clay Center and Cider Creek Collective.