Artist Talks

Artist talks are free and open to all ages. Coffees, smoothies, beer, wine and snacks are available in the STARworks Café and Taproom. Hot Summer Nights Dance Party following artist talks.

Fred Kahl and David Roswell

Friday, August 2, 5:30pm

Fred Kahl

Fred Kahl (a.k.a. the Great Fredini) is an artist, designer, magician, sword swallower, and inventor who uses technology, imagination and play to create experiences invoking magic and wonder. He is a TED Resident and 2018 artist in residence at Corning Museum and Tacoma Museum of Glass. Fred is a graduate of New York University’s interactive telecommunications program and former executive creative director at New York’s seminal interactive design studio, Funny Garbage. He teaches at the School of Visual Arts MFA Design Program and Pilchuck Glass School. There is a spirit of curiosity and fun as projects include building a virtual reality time machine, inventing a 3D scanning portrait studio, 3D printing the world's largest desktop printed art installation, creating subversive TV game shows or swallowing swords in America’s last sideshow. His work has won numerous awards and garnered international press in The Atlantic, Time Magazine, and the New York Times, among others. Fred is excited about creating new work that uses light and glass together to create magical and meditative environments.

David Roswell

David Roswell is a studio potter based in Durham, NC. David’s journey in clay started at a cooperative pottery studio in Oberlin, Ohio. After graduating from college, a research job fortuitously brought him to the Piedmont—the perfect place to delve into ceramics. Soon his passion for clay took over, and he began an apprenticeship with Rusty Sieck of Chicken Bridge Pottery. He now makes pots full time in his basement studio in Durham and fires in a kiln he renovated out at Chicken Bridge in Pittsboro, NC. David hopes that pottery can help people reconnect with the makers and materials of their daily objects. He also values pottery’s ability to bring people together in community around the hopeful things in life—food, drink, and art.