Nathan Goddard was born in Grand Rapids, MI and has lived all around the country and traveled widely throughout Europe and Japan.  He received his BFA in Studio Art and Land Art from the University of New Mexico.  It was in the American Southwest that he began to see the greater potential of earth and materials in his paintings and installations.  His investigation of alternative materials and ceramics has continued through his MFA work at the University of the Arts in Philadelphia, PA.

He was awarded to design the Michigan Governor’s Award for Arts in Culture in 2007, commissioned to paint a community mural for the Creston Neighborhood Association in 2009, awarded the jurors award for painting at the Festival of the Arts in Grand Rapids, MI in 2009 and a recipient of multiple Merit scholarship at the University of the Arts.


Nathan has taught ceramics to adults, college students and the youth at Kendall College of Art and Design and Stepping Stones Montessori School. Nathan was working in Skaelskor, Denmark at Guldagergaard as the Kiln Yard Technician. Since his return to the state, he has been Professor of Ceramics at Wofford College in South Carolina. His life is dedicated to educating others in the arts and moving the visual art language forward.