Nathan Nardi has always been artistically gifted. He discovered his passion for glassblowing in 2001 and realized that glass art was the discipline he wanted to specialize. Nardi graduated from Jacksonville University in 2004 with a BFA in glass art, receiving an Excellence in Art award from the Dean. In 2009, he graduated with a MFA from Kent State University in Kent, Ohio. He has also completed many workshops at different craft schools around the country like the Pilchuck School of Glass. Nardi has honed his skills in the manipulation of glass and other associated materials and has accumulated an impressive body of work. Nardi has been commissioned to make glass objets d’art for several prominent artists including Kiki Smith and assisted with numerous large scale public installation works such as, Jon Christie’s and Caroline Madden’s Lyrical Light, held at the Times Union Center in Jacksonville Florida. His primary artistic expression is the abstraction of natural form. He delights in highlighting serendipitous beauty, such as the remarkable iridescent coloration of a certain variety of insects and plants. His past work – an immense sculpture of Venus flytraps – features a whimsical juxtaposition of the plants’ allure and virulence. Recently, Nardi has worked as an artist assistant to Richard Jolley. He continues to establish his own name in the artistic community and produce his glass sculpture.