"Through the filter of my own cultural history, juxtaposed with iconic objects of everyday life, my work questions the reality in which we live, as well as the significance of seemingly mundane, everyday objects in relationship to individual identity. Through the hybridization of pop culture icons and the technical excellence of Venetian-inspired glass, a dialogue is created that addresses both my interest in glass as a craft and my interest in culture's relationship to individual identity.
The aesthetics of craft, perceptions of reality, and icons of popular culture, combined with my own interests, have created compositions that reference the individual within the complexity of modern society. Each construction is a hybridized manifestation of my interests in glass as a craft and the effect of culture upon individuality, resulting in conceptually based, functionally inspired objects."
Jon Nathaniel Cotterman, who goes by the name of Nate, addresses issues of problematic social behaviors and identities in disarmingly elegant glass sculptures. Cotterman is a glass designer/maker based out of Los Angeles, CA. Upon receiving his BFA from the Cleveland Institute of Art, in Cleveland, Ohio, he launched Nate Cotterman Glass. His company created a line of Venetian Style barware, home décor and lighting. His product is designed to challenge low-end mass production with innovative design and handmade quality. Cotterman also works as a gaffer for some of today's top artists and designers, as well as maintaining his studio out of 141 Penn Studios. His glasswork has been shown at Krikorian Gallery Worcester Center for Crafts, Worcester, MA; Pomerene Art Center, Coshocton, OH; The Sculpture Center, Cleveland, OH; The Schumacher Gallery, Capital University, Columbus, Ohio; and Johnson Humrickhouse Museum, Coshocton, Ohio, among others.