Artist talks are free and open to all ages. Coffees, smoothies, beer, wine and snacks are available in the STARworks Café and Taproom. The Wildfire Pizza truck will be on site. Open Mic Night in the café & taproom following artist talks.
Evan Voelbel, Wendy Drummond and Andrew Sartorius
Thursday, September 19 5:30pm
Evan Voelbel received his BFA in 3D/Glass from Massachusetts College of Art in 2010 with additional coursework in metals, sculpture, woodworking and jewelry. Following his undergraduate education, Evan worked as a TA at Massart, as a studio assistant for glass artists local to Massachusetts, including Wayne Strattman and Chris Taylor, and also as a gaffer and teacher at a number of glass studios in the Boston area. Evan continued to produce and show his own work in galleries throughout Massachusetts, mainly being represented by The Hallway Gallery and Room 68. After receiving his MFA from Rhode Island School of Design in 2017 he continued to work at RISD as adjunct faculty, teaching winter session and pre-college classes in glass. His current work is informed by research in a variety of subjects including physics, chemistry, perceptual psychology, optics, and alchemy. Evan’s work often combines glass, light and mixed media to construct visual phenomena, sculptural objects, and installations which straddle the line between physical and immaterial, digital and analogue, real and false, in an attempt to provoke a broader conversation about the subjectivity of perception.
Currently based in southwest Florida, Wendy Drummond grew up in New Zealand. She moved to California after receiving her BSc to work as an Engineering Geologist. Her childhood was spent playing in the volcanic clays of coastal New Zealand. Wendy always knew clay was the medium to best express her art, and ironically, her professional geology career also meant regularly having clay under her fingernails. During the last three years Wendy has attended ceramics and glass classes at Palomar College. She enjoys hand-building sculptural pieces with an emphasis on irony, incongruities and humanist (some would say feminist) messages. She has been experimenting with pushing the limits of structural integrity with her sculptures. Wendy’s art has been exhibited at the Boehm Gallery, California (2017, 2018) and the Glass Art Society member exhibition (2019).
Andrew Sartorius creates handmade pottery for everyday ceremony, and is an enthusiastic instructor of the wood firing process. He graduated from the College of Wooster in Ohio with a BA in English literature and fictional writing. He first worked with clay in an intro to wheel thrown ceramics class at Marietta College in Marietta, Ohio, while applying to work for The Japan Exchange and Teaching Program. He lived on the southern coast of Shikoku, Japan as a public high school English teacher and Prefectural Advisor for four years. While in Japan, Andrew traveled to many historic ceramic centers and taught himself how to throw on a potter’s wheel while immersing himself in the history of Japanese ceramics. He returned to America to apprentice with the internationally recognized wood fire ceramic artist, Jeff Shapiro. After completing his year and a half apprenticeship, Andrew moved to Long Island, New York and built and fired a small salt and wood kiln and assisted with management at Inlet Studios in Mattituck, New York. In the fall of 2017, Andrew began his candidacy as a masters student at the State University of New York at New Paltz where he continues to research wood firing and the uses of locally sourced and harvested clays. Andrew often works hand in hand with restaurants to create unique tableware that enhance the diner’s experience while encouraging community growth through the arts.