Born in Ogden, Utah, Nathan Craven began his ceramics career in 1994 as a junior in high school. He had flunked out of calculus and was looking to make up the credits with an easy class. Pottery, while not as simple as he anticipated, proved to be a successful match. He continued on to earn a BFA in ceramics from Weber State University in 2005 and a MFA in ceramics from the Rhode Island School of Design in 2008. He completed a two-year residency at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana as well as one year at the Roswell Artist in Residence program in New Mexico. His wife, Sarah, is his main pillar of support and often helps in the laborious process of sorting and glazing the tens of thousands of extrusions that he produces for a project. Currently, he resides in Roswell, New Mexico.
MYRIAD BROWN by NATHAN CRAVEN
“Most of my work is based on ceramics as a building material, specifically the brick, which has always been used for construction. Constructing porous walls and floors with my own versions of “bricks” I aim to define and clarify space in ways that draw attention to these otherwise unnoticed elements as well as to the spaces in which we dwell.
“Myriad Brown basically refers to the colour scheme which features different shades of brown. And since it will be shown in a new location it will be arranged differently in response to its environment. A new configuration usually calls for a new title as it is no longer, and never will be, the same piece twice.
“Myriad Brown is one half of a larger piece created last summer. Both pieces have been travelling separately around the world and will probably be united some time next year in yet another place and configuration. The work has a life and changes throughout that cycle. It is created, reconfigured, subtracted from, added to, re-glazed and re-show.”