Charles Nagle

Charles is an artist who recognizes few limitations. He has worked at Creative Growth for more than thirty years and arrives each day with fresh ideas and renewed energy. Formally a painter, Charles has moved to new media such as embroidery and ceramics in recent years. The coiled ceramic towers that Charles crafts seem to be self-generating like stalagmites in a fantastical cave. Tending toward bright, polychromatic under-glazes, he sometimes obscures them with a thick white overcoat, resulting in a crackled surface that further calls to mind their geological nature. He considers the mysterious, organic forms as vases; yet even without function, their presence is commanding enough to succeed as a standalone.

Born 1959, Berkeley, California.