Our new Get to Know Your A2AC Instructors! series dives into who the amazing A2AC instructors are, what they do outside of the A2AC, their favorite teaching moments, fun facts, and more.
The next instructor in this series is Natalie Bultman!
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“Teaching has taught me to be an encourager, inspiration, and example to students.”
Tell us about yourself.
My name is Natalie Bultman, and I am from Grand Rapids, Michigan. Currently, I am studying Art & Design at U of M, focusing on ceramics. Outside of teaching and creating, I love playing soccer, hiking, camping, and anything outdoorsy! I am from Michigan, but I am from anywhere outdoors–I especially love mountains, beaches, and woods.
What does your creative practice look like?
My work is inspired by nature and faith, and often my work is led by the pattern of my hands creating searching forms. Usually, I start with a written reflection, then move into a three-dimensional visualization. Drawn to the way the clay brings me to the center, using my physical strength and mental creation, clay provides an outlet for processing. I love the stillness of the studio, a quiet reflection almost as though a spiritual act of prayer. Utilizing the large kilns at U of M has been a blessing this year as I work on my thesis. I hope to have a studio in the future, though!
What is next for your artistic career?
I hope to keep making art, teach more, and maybe attend grad school!
What are your favorite teaching moments?
I have been teaching at A2AC for 2 years now–Wow, it went fast! I started at the Art Center after my professor recommended trying out teaching, and I love it! My favorite class to teach is ceramics! I teach Clay Camp all summer, a teen intro to wheel class, and an intro to modern sculpture!
I have been blown away by my 9 to 12-year-old clay campers!! Some of these kids started throwing 4 pounds of clay on the pottery wheel, which is amazing! Seeing the kids’ persistence has been inspiring because throwing on the wheel can be challenging!
Teaching has taught me to be an encourager, inspiration, and example to students. I have been energized by brainstorming ideas with students and seeing them tap into their creative potential, stretching farther than expected.
A2AC has provided me with lifelong teaching skills, experience, and mentorship. I am so grateful for the friendships and co-workers who challenge me and push me to become a more creative, fun, and teachable version of myself!
What would you say to someone interested in art but nervous about taking a class?
SIGN UP, and don’t think twice about it because the class spot in your cart will fill up before you come back to it! Ceramics (and art) is the best hobby, outlet, social space, and reflective time!