Keith Mendak is an artist and educator from Chicago with an MFA in Material Studies from Virginia Commonwealth University and a BS in Art Education from Illinois State University. Keith now lives and works in Brooklyn where he maintains a sculpture and glass studio practice. He has taught at a number of institutions, including Museum of Modern Art, Penland School of Craft, Oxbow School of Art and Craft, and Urban Glass. Keith’s work has been exhibited and collected throughout the country, while his teaching practices have been highlighted in the Wall Street Journal. Presently, Keith is fabricating a mobile glass studio and traveling the country in search of inspiration for upcoming projects.
Sergei Shatrov been involved with studio pottery and wood firing since 1994. His focus and influences/training has been in utilitarian functional ware. He also creates abstract non-functional sculptural forms from time to time. Sergei lived in a monastery for 25+ years, and a lot of his foundational pottery processes stem from the years spent there. He is pursuing wood firing because of his love for a sense of primitivism and naturalism expressed on the surface of clay.
“With a keen interest for the natural world, I am strongly looking for a connection to environment, story, community, history, people’s stories and utilization of native found materials into the pieces.”