On Nov. 19 at 7 p.m., Centre College will welcome glass artist Nate Watson ’98 to the Jones Visual Art Center for a short lecture and glass demonstration.
A history major at Centre, Watson took several glass classes at the College and after graduation moved to Providence, R.I. and then California, where he completed a master’s degree in sculpture. He is now the executive director of Public Glass in San Francisco.
“I think Nate’s path from Centre College as a history major to a profession in something that was sparked by an experience outside of his major reflects that we all generally put too much importance on picking the ‘right’ major,” Professor of Art Stephen Powell said. “It is more important to experience as many things as possible while you are a student at Centre.”
Watson said that Powell and his classes at Centre offered him a “window into a world that would inspire what has now been almost 20 years of creative and community-focused work.” He credits his Centre Experience and liberal arts education with giving him the perseverance and confidence to remain true to a difficult path in the arts.
“My life as an artist and my role directing an arts nonprofit in San Francisco requires clear communication, thoughtful management, responsive marketing and an understanding of economic principles,” Watson explained. “I learned all of this at Centre without knowing for sure how these tools would specifically come into practice, but inevitably they all did.”
Watson’s lecture will focus on how his career path stemmed from time at Centre and becoming and being a professional glass artist.
“Glass as a creative medium is the intersection of art, design, chemistry and physics while remaining very much an exercise in working effectively with others,” he said. “From my lecture and demo, I hope that people take away the idea that it’s possible to build a life based on what inspires you and that our privilege in getting a unique education that opens our eyes comes with the responsibility to share and give back as often as possible.”
All are welcome to the lecture and glassblowing demonstration.
by Elise L. Murrell
November 16, 2015