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Artist in Residence: Where are they now? Nate Ditzler

Nate Ditzler posing with a giant ice cream cone and a deflated beach ball

Nate Ditzler: Ceramics Artist in Residence for the 2018-2019 year.

We had a moment to catch up with our previous Artist in Residence, Nate Ditzler. His whimsical art touched our lives here in Lawrence, and he continues his momentum as the Artist in Residence and an Adjunct Professor at Midwestern State University, in Wichita Falls, Texas.

Q: Can you please elaborate on any projects that you have done since leaving your Artist in Residence position at the LAC?

A: I have been using a 3-D printer to fabricate prototype objects. I then make slip casting molds of the prototypes, so I can reproduce the object in ceramic medium.

Image: Unreal Weather by Nate Ditzler.

Q: How has your time in Lawrence as an AIR influenced your current work?

A: The time I was afforded as an AIR at the Lawrence Arts Center enabled me to really dig deep into my studio practice and expand on my material investigations and means of fabrication.

Image: Nate Ditzler working with his current students at Midwestern State University.

Q: What was your most significant/favorite piece you created while in your residency and why?

A: Affirmations.

It’s accessible, humorous, and technical… I really like that algorithm for making work.  I think this sculpture fascinates me because it is self-contained and quiet, yet inviting…and then there is a reveal.  It asks the viewer to engage and then shows its charming nature.

Image: Affirmations by Nate Ditzler

Q: What would you like to say to any prospective Artist in Residence?

A: This residency offers great teaching opportunities, professional development, and community engagement.  I really enjoyed working with an energetic, and enthusiastic staff in a community oriented environment.

We’d like to thank Nate for his work in the ceramics community. We appreciate him sharing his time and talents with us here in Lawrence.  If you’d like to see more of his work you can visit his personal website.


If you or someone you know is interested in our Residency program we are now accepting applications.

The deadline to apply is April 15, 2020. If you have any questions you can contact the Kyla Strid, Director of Adult Education and Residencies. kyla@lawrenceartscenter.org

The Lawrence Arts Center Visiting and Resident Artists Programs are generously funded via private and foundation support. Our sincere thanks to these special funders and all the donors who support via the annual “Raise The Paddle” at the Arts Center Benefit Art Auction.

A huge congratulations to our former 2016-2017 resident, Carly Slade who’s work is featured in the April issue of Ceramics Monthly!


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