Tyler Nansen, artist and sculptor, was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area. He earned his BA in Ceramics from San Francisco State University in 2011 and his MFA in Sculpture and Ceramics from the University of Montana, Missoula in 2015. Nansen’s travel and creative experiences, which include artist residencies at the Sonoma Community Center, Medalta in Medicine Hat, Alberta, and Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild, Lincoln, MT, fuel his artistic process. Works conceived during these residencies and in his greater artistic practice range from functional pottery to installation-based sculptures and outdoor works. Nansen has sat on the Board of Directors at the Zootown Community Arts Center and has a Co-Director for FrontierSpace Gallery in Missoula, MT. He has held teaching positions at the community and university level and is currently Adjunct Faculty at the University of Montana Western, where he has taught Sculpture, Drawing, and 2D Foundations.Browse All Classes
1st Time Potter
Adults / 14 and Up
This class teaches throwing on the wheel. Weekly demonstrations focus on understanding the fundamentals of clay and gradually developing skills on the wheel. Students learn to make cylinders, bowls, plates, cups and altered forms. Glazing and surface decoration will also be taught.
Ceramics Open Studio
Adults / 14 and Up
Open Studio is for advanced-level students who want to work independently. At least four ceramics classes at the Lawrence Arts Center are required before signing up for Open Studio. Fees include equipment use, firing, and basic glazes. Participants must provide their own clay. Unless posted otherwise, participants have open access to the studio during business hours; however, scheduled classes have studio right-of-way. Students must attend a mandatory meeting at 6:30 pm Monday, September 11th in the studio.