Nate Ricciuto (b. 1984) merges glass, sculpture, and image in creating objects and environments that exist in the odd space between technical and intuitive. He holds a BFA from Ohio State University (2008), and an MFA from Tyler School of Art (2015). Ricciuto has been an Artist in Residence at Pilchuck Glass School in Washington, a Creative Glass Center of America Fellow in New Jersey, and was the recipient of a 2017 Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council. He lives in Columbus, OH, where he is currently a lecturer at Ohio State University and instructor at Columbus College of Art and Design.
Through investigating the desire to imagine different worlds and the myriad strategies for achieving them, Ricciuto’s projects focus on craft as a source of curiosity, invention and discovery. He draws inspiration from both natural phenomena and science fiction in creating instruments and devices that engage playfully with found materials and handmade glass, often inviting interaction and rewarding careful observation. These objects explore the possibilities of fiction and speculation in opening up spaces where perception can become tactile and fluid. Taking to heart the basic assumption that things are rarely what they seem, Ricciuto seeks to discover mysterious, unexpected, and humorous qualities in familiar objects.