Words by Jennine Jacob
When you look at Natalie Weinberger‘s work, there is a sense of history. Her pieces pay homage to the past with their classic forms, but she gives them a contemporary edge with the details. The rough texture of the surface of many of her pieces has an ancient quality about them. Yet the crisp stripes with raw clay, beveled edges give rise to geometric detailing that has a distinctly contemporary appeal. Her work straddles the past and the present in a way that very few artists are able to articulate.
“Often I’ll see something out in the world that sparks an idea that I want to interpret,” she says.
This should come as no surprise given Weinberger’s background. She took her first pottery class while in grad school for historic preservation. Weinberger had always been drawn to vessels, in high school and college, she dabbled in glass blowing. So before graduating she knew that she would be changing her career path. However, she worked with non-profits for four years doing pottery on the side before delving into the world of full-time ceramics.