Nolan Baumgartner

Nolan is the Evanston Art Center Ceramics Studio Coordinator, and he is finishing up his second year of residency at Lillstreet Art Center. He makes both functional and sculptural ceramic forms, primarily out of porcelain. This work is typically fired in a soda-kiln to obscure and enhance the meticulous glaze decoration.


  • Cranbrook Academy of Art - M.F.A.
  • University of Utah - B.F.A.



Areas of focus:

Functional and sculptural ceramics


Exhibition highlights:

  • Strictly Functional Pottery National, Kevin Lehman's Pottery, Lancaster, PA
  • Workhouse Ceramics National, Workhouse Art Center, Lorton, VA
  • Lillstreet Resident Artist Showcase, Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL
  • Zanesville Prize Finalist
  • "Wood, Soda, Salt: Atmospheric Dynamics," Edward A. Whitney Gallery, Sheridan, WY

Other interests and inspirations:

The outdoors, the western landscape, architecture

Publication highlights:

  • "The Comforts of Home," Potter's Kitchen Feature, Pottery Making Illustrated - May/June 2017
  • "Building Conversations," Ceramics Monthly - December 2014
  • Hluch, Kevin A., American iPottery

Nolan's teaching style:

He emphasizes proper technique and good craftsmanship.

Nolan loves EAC because . . .

Its class sizes are relatively small, and it has a close, tight-knit community.

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