Natalie Tyler, a sculpture artist primarily using glass and bronze, was so excited about the creative potential of North Adams that she moved here in the dead of winter — from southern California! (If you see Natalie, please be sure to heartily welcome her to town.)
Natalie’s work emulates scenes of transformation using delicate materials such as glass and natural ephemera. Natalie writes: “My work reveals parts of the cycle of life connecting us back to nature. Birth, life, abandonment, decay and regeneration are stages we as humans share with every creature and plant of the earth. Highlighting aspects of nature’s wonders, giving importance back to the little amazing things, we so easily take for granted.” Each carefully constructed piece exudes a quiet presence, inviting the viewer to contemplate the opposing fragile and forceful elements of nature.
After working solely with metal casting for the majority of her undergraduate art studies, Natalie became inspired by Czech artists who were creating glass forms. Natalie, ever-resourceful and determined, decided to teach herself glass casting. Glass allowed her to incorporate light and color into her sculptures, which gave her work a new sense of play. Since, Natalie has traveled nationally to teach glass casting workshops and spends much of her time teaching other artists her unique process.
Natalie received her MFA from California College of the Arts in San Francisco, California. She has had solo exhibitions at Dacia Gallery, Ennagon Gallery, and Contaminate NYC in New York City and selected international group exhibitions at the Bo. Lee Gallery in Bath, England and the Blue Leaf Gallery in Dublin, Ireland. Natalie has taught at Cornell University, University of Connecticut at Hartford, New Jersey City University, and the Mendicino Art Center. She continues to teach glass sculpture workshops in a variety of locations throughout the country.
Tyler made the move to North Adams about two months ago after packing her bags and leaving sunny Encinitas, California. Natalie set up her glass shop and studio in our bustling downtown and will be offering workshops in the spring, once the weather clears! Of the move to North Adams, Natalie says: “Moving to North Adams has given me the time and space to open my own sculpture studio and having a studio that is also a storefront gives me the chance to be a part and reach out to the local North Adams community.”
We’re excited to have you, Natalie! Head to Natalie’s website to check out more of her work and see updates on her new studio.