Atlanta native Nate Nardi always found himself drawn to creative expression through making. 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 received commissions 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. In the years of 2009-2011, Nardi worked as a glassblowing assistant to renowned glass artist, Richard Jolley, in Knoxville, TN. In 2011, Nardi moved back to his roots to pursue his dream of making unique hand-blown glass art. He is owner and operator of Decatur Glassblowing located on the east side of Atlanta. His primary artistic expression is the abstraction of natural form which can be seen in all of his work, whether sculptural, decorative, or functional.