Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Artist Talks

Artist talks are free and open to the public. Beer from Four Saints Brewing Company is available for purchase. Artists will present slides and discuss their work.

Yang Chen, Josh Fredock, Levi Mahan & Grace Phillips

August 9, 5:30pm

Yang Chen

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. She has assisted with workshops and her work has been exhibited in China and the United States, including the 2014 NANTONG International Contemporary Biennial and a Jingdezhen Shangxiabei Ceramic exhibition in Jingdezhen, China. 

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Josh Fredock

Josh Fredock combines glass and metal to create his art. Most of his pieces are created from salvaged materials. After spending several years learning carpentry and general construction, Josh decided to devote himself to an artistic path. He has a welding degree from Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College. His background is in welding, fabrication, general construction, maintenance and repair. Most recently, Josh was a fabricator at Rock Cottage Glassworks in Merriam, Kansas. 

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Levi Mahan

Levi Mahan grew up at Wild Rose Pottery in Seagrove. His parents operated the business until 1996. 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. He has also worked with other woodfire potters, including Joseph Sand, Daniel Johnston and Alex Matisse. Levi has studied with Charlie Tefft at Guilford College. Most recently, he was the kiln manager at the Art Alliance ceramic studio in Greensboro.

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Grace Phillips

Grace Phillips is from Chicago, Illinois. She was enrolled at Chicago Academy for the Arts in high school and earned a double major in Art Education and Glassblowing from Illinois State University. After graduation, she spent a year teaching art at the elementary level. However, she longed to be back in the studio and left education to pursue her artistic career full time. Currently, she is developing a body of work that explores different aspects of the mind.

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