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Steve Nutt started coming across the Verrazzano Narrows Bridge in the 1970's to Staten Island. His first destination was the Art Department at Wagner College, where he met Bennett Bean, who was teaching ceramics, among other things.

Under Bean's guidance Steve learned to manage a large teaching studio, and to make high fire stoneware and some porcelain. He tested glazes, fired gas kilns, and helped Bean exhibit at national craft fairs.

In 1979 he joined the faculty as an adjunct instructor and has taught continuously at Wagner since that time. Also, in 1979 Steve joined the staff of the Staten Island Historical Society, and filled several positions there, including master craftsman and director of the education department.

Steve Nutt's first commercial success was in making reproductions of 18th and 19th century American redware.