Nina Kawar is a sculptor whose creative practice explores and aims to push the boundaries of porcelain by layering her work with multiple materials and processes. The elusive and often fragile forms derive from an intrigue with the human condition and healing. Many of her influences stem from psychology, biology, and architecture.
Born and raised in a Palestinian American home in Wisconsin, Nina's sculptural work explores her multi-cultural lens that parallels her curiosity for patterns, boundaries, and perspectives. She started her artistic journey with clay in 2005 at San Diego Community College and received a Bachelor of Fine Arts at University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 3D Design in 2011. Finding her passion for porcelain at Clemson University, she received a Masters of Fine Arts in Ceramics in 2014. Currently residing in the Appalachian Mountains, she has established a studio practice in the historical Marshall High Studios in Marshall, NC.
Some of her exhibitions include "Best of WNC Emerging Craft Artists Showcase" at the Asheville Area Arts Council Refinery, in Asheville, NC, the "Winter Show at Greenhill" at the Greenhill Center of NC Art in Greensboro, NC, "The 10th International Ceramics Competition” MINO, Japan; and the “2014 NCECA National Juried Student Exhibition” at Milwaukee Institute of Art & Design. Nina was also commissioned to design and create the “Innovative Spirit Awards” for The College of Business and Behavior Sciences at Clemson University.