Natalie Novak was born in Cottontown, TN in 1990. Natalie uses clay as her medium utilizing the potters’ wheel. She completed her Bachelors of Science in Psychology with a Minor in Studio Art at Cumberland University in Lebanon, TN in 2013. It was there that she was granted the Excellence in Ceramics award by the Department of Visual Arts. She is currently enrolled at the Appalachian Center for Craft, satellite campus of Tennessee Technological University where she is a candidate of the Bachelor of Fine Arts program with a concentration in clay. Here, she focuses in utilitarian wares with an interest in salt and wood kiln firing. Natalie enjoys teaching young children about the technical aspects of clay in the university’s outreach program.
Due to her interest in wood kilns and natural materials Natalie has assisted in wood kiln firings with artists Lindsay Oesterritter and Justin Lambert at Western Kentucky University as well as assist Daniel & Kate Johnston in firing their 900 square foot wood kiln in Seagrove, North Carolina. Natalie is currently represented in The Copper Fox Gallery in Leiper's Fork, TN and the Goldenrod Gallery at the Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville, TN.
Natalie working in her studio at the Appalachian Center for Craft