Nadia Stieglitz is a French-born ceramicist based in Charleston, South Carolina, specializing in organic abstract sculpture. With training in painting, photography, and graphic design, she began her self-taught venture into the three-dimensional world of clay in 2019. This journey has allowed her to explore her long-held sensibility for natural textures and anthropomorphic shapes, capturing a host of intricacies at the intersection of art, nature, and the human form. Nadia’s work is rooted in hand building, using slabs and coils to construct her pieces and found objects such as rocks, balloons and custom-made clay forms to guide their construction. Often, her process starts by using a “mother” ceramic on which she molds a shape and integrates it into a new piece. In this way, all of her ceramics share a common DNA. Her spontaneous and intuitive building process combined with the use of simple slip for decoration helps to create an earthy feel to each object that distinguishes her artistic style. By allowing her work to be guided by inspiration as it comes—not knowing what she wants to create upfront—each of her pieces is unique. In 2021, Nadia became a full-time resident at The Studio Union in North Charleston and was invited by The Bibelot Home to show her work in her first public exhibit at the Charleston’s Dewberry Hotel. She also trained with UK-based artists James Oughtibrige and Rebecca Appleby at The Studio Lounge in Holmfirth. In February 2022, her pieces were featured in Art Seen magazine and were displayed at REDUX, a contemporary art center in Charleston. This spring, she will be an Emerging Artist at Artisphere in Greenville, SC and will show her work at Artsfield, an annual art competition in Lake City, SC. Later this year, she will be a 2022 Visiting Artist at the Gibbes Museum of Art, a program that features eight artists annually whose work contributes to a new understanding of art in the American South. She will also be a Summer Resident at the Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, Maine.