Artist of the Month | September 2019


Natalie Sobanja

Natalie Sobanja

graduated from the University of Wisconsin-River Falls with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting and fibers just before moving to Grand Marias in 1999.  Always a curious artist who is inspired by the tactile qualities of different media, Natalie began experimenting with clay at the Grand Marais Art Colony in 2011.

Her work in stoneware had lead to the creation of lidded jars that capture textural elements in the design, surface treatment and glaze application. Her jars also bring inspiration from multi media by incorporating driftwood, wire and both gemstone and handmade stoneware beads to create the unique and individual handles of the lids.

Natalie continues to create and work out of the Art Colony, serving as the Clay Studio Facilitator and teaches youth and adult pottery classes.  Her work can be seen at various galleries in Grand Marais and Lutsen.