STAR — STARworks Clay Studio resident artists Yang Chen and Levi Mahan, and STARworks Glass interns Josh Fredock and Grace Phillips will present slides and discuss their work during artist talks at STARworks, Wednesday, Aug. 9 at 5:30 p.m. The presentations are free and open to the public. Beer from Four Saints Brewing Company will be available for purchase.
Yang Chen is a ceramic sculptor and installation artist from Bejing, China. She received her BFA at Tsinghua University in 2014 and her MFA from the Rhode Island School of Design. Her work has been exhibited in China and the United States, including the 2014 NANTONG International Contemporary Biennial.
Levi Mahan grew up at Wild Rose Pottery in Seagrove. He studied with Syd Carpenter and Doug Herren at Swarthmore College before he began working with his father full time at From the Ground Up Pottery. Most recently, he was the kiln manager at Art Alliance ceramic studio in Greensboro.
Josh Fredock combines glass and metal to create his art. Most of his work is made from salvaged materials. He has a welding degree from Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. Most recently, Josh was a fabricator at Rock Cottage Glassworks in Merriam, Kansas.
Grace Phillips is from Chicago, Illinois. She earned a double major in Art Education and Glassblowing from Illinois State University. She spent a year teaching art at the elementary level, but longed to be back in the studio and left education to pursue her artistic career. Currently, she is developing a body of work that explores different aspects of the mind.
For more information, visit www.STARworksNC.org.