Saturday, September 23, 2017

FireFest Guest Artists

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Paul Marioni

Paul Marioni is the featured glass artist for Firefest. He will perform demonstrations and create art during the festival.

Paul is one of the founding members of the American Studio Glass movement. He is known as an innovator in the glass world. Among other things, his sculptures and vessels incorporate humor, genre figures, tribal masks and visual puns. Paul works with blown glass, which he sometimes paints with enamels and cast glass, which may be combined with other mediums, like photography.

Paul graduated from the University of Cincinnati with a BA in English and Philosophy. He is a Fellow of the American Crafts Council, has received three fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts, and has taught at Penland School of Crafts and Pilchuck Glass School.

Paul will demonstrate Friday, 1 - 4pm, hold an artist talk Saturday, 1 - 1:30pm and lead the hot glass finale Saturday, 6 - 8pm.

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Andy Nasisse

Andy Nasisse is the featured ceramic artist for Firefest. Andy has developed methods of working with clay that are meant to bring out the natural qualities of the material and of the process of drying, shrinking, glazing, melting and firing. His objects have stratified active surfaces that snap and crackle with energy. Andy uses the figure, the vessel and the landscape as a primary image to express thoughts about the human condition.

Andy received an MFA from the University of Colorado. He is an independent studio artist whose most recent awards include the Jean Griffith Fellowship and the UGA Center for the Humanities Fellowship. His work can be seen in publications, museums and galleries across the United States. Andy was a resident artist at STARworks in 2016.

Andy will demonstrate Friday, 3 - 4:30pm, hold an artist talk Saturday, 11 - 11:30am and reveal his large sculpture during Saturday's finale, 8:30 - 10pm.

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Carl Billingsley

Carl Billingsley is a full time artist who devotes all his time to studio work, symposia and exhibitions. He is a former professor and sculpture program coordinator for East Carolina University. Carl's sculptures and installations can be found in both the United States and abroad. In 2013, Carl won the Andrea Stretton Memorial Invitational Award at Sculpture by the Sea-Bondi in Sydney, Australia. This award was an invitation and funding to exhibit in Sculpture by the Sea-Cottesloe in Perth, Australia.

Carl will hold an artist talk Saturday, noon - 12:30pm and lead the Iron Pour for the Saturday finale, 5 - 10pm.  

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Ibrahim Said

Ibrahim Said is a ceramic artist from the Fustat area of Cairo, Egypt, who currently lives and works in Greensboro. Fustat is historically known for its pottery industry. Ibrahim comes from a family of potters, with his father being his first teacher. He is inspired by the strong lines and bold shapes of ancient Egyptian works. Ibrahim's carvings are derived from Islamic jug filter designs, which were both functional and aesthetic. He holds a Diploma of Technical School, Cairo and his work is featured in collections and exhibitions throughout the world. Ibrahim was a STARworks Clay Studio resident artist in 2015.

Ibrahim will demonstrate Friday, 1 - 2:30pm.

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Bruce Dehnert

Bruce Dehnert is the Head of Ceramics at the Peters Valley School for Crafts in Layton, New Jersey. He was recently named to the International Academy of Ceramics. Bruce has a BA in Creative Writing from the University of Montana and an MFA in Ceramics from Alfred University. He was the recipient of a a New Jersey Artist Fellowship Award and many other awards, including three-time Fletcher Challenge International Ceramics Award winner. Bruce's pottery and sculpture have been featured in books and magazines. He has remained an active writer, having had articles published in numerous journals. His book, Simon Leach's Pottery Handbook, was recently published by Abrams Publishing of New York City.

Bruce will hold an artist talk Saturday, 2 - 2:30pm.

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Ashwini Bhat

Ashwini Bhat studied ceramics with Ray Meeker at Golden Bridge Pottery in Pondicherry, India. She has an MA in literature and studied dance for nearly 10 years before working as a profesional dancer in the Padmini Chettur Dance Company. Her work has been featured internationally in galleries and exhibitions. She won the Howard Foundation Fellowship for Sculpture in 2013. Her home and studio are near Auroville, Ponicherry, India. Ashwini lives and works in both India and the United States. 

Ashwine will hold an artist talk Saturday, 3 - 3:30pm.

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Katherine Maloney

Katherine Maloney is a STARworks Clay Studio resident artist from Virginia. She integrates sculpture and function in her animal inspired ceramic forms. Her work has been featured in two exhibits at Baltimore Clayworks. Katherine was a resident artist with sculptor Claire McArdle and studied under Charlie Tefft at Guilford College, where she received a BA in ceramics. She continued as a resident artist and studio technician at Guilford before establishing her studio in Virginia.

Katherine is an instructor for the Introduction to Wheel Throwing Workshop, Saturday, 1:30 - 3pm.

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Deighton Abrams

Deighton Abrams is a STARworks Clay Studio resident artist originally from Alaska. He has an MFA with a concentration in ceramics from Clemson University and has been awarded numerous grants, including the Clemson Art Department Scholarship for study in Jingdezhen, China and the Professional Enrichment Grant for artist research in Iceland. Deighton's work focuses mainly on the tenuous balance between human and landscape. He utilizes ceramic forms, both figural and geologic, to create complex narratives about the human psyche and its impact on the surrounding landscape.

Deighton is an instructor for the Introduction to Wheel Throwing Workshop, Saturday, 1:30 - 3pm.

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Kazuki Takizawa

Kazuki Takizawa is a STARworks Glass resident artist. He is a Japanese glass artist based in Los Angeles. Kazuki graduated with high honors from the University of Hawaii at Manoa and has taught at Pilchuck Glass School and Public Glass. His work is related to mental health and therapy and his most recent installation, Breaking the Silence, was installed at STARworks in 2015, when Kazuki was an intern. His glass vessels and sculptural containers express not only the darkness and struggles, but also the beauty of human emotions.

Kazuki will present an artist talk, Friday, 4 - 4:30pm.

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Brianna Gluszak

Brianna Gluszak is a STARworks Glass intern. She is from Calgary, Canada and holds a BFA with distinction in Glass from the Alberta College of Art and Design. She has studied at The Pilchuck Glass School in Washington, Corning Museum in New York and Northlands Creative Glass in Lybster, Scotland. Her work is focused on re-imagining the imagery that one see's in passing through glass.

Brianna is an instructor for the Make Your Own Paperweight, Saturday 10am - 12:30pm and the Glass Sand Casting workshop, Saturday, 3 - 5pm.

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Andrew Thompson

Andrew Thompson is a STARworks Glass intern. Andrew grew up in Birmingham, Alabama where he was introduced to glass at a young age. His father, Joseph Thompson built a hot shop in their back yard, which had a major influence on Andrew. He enrolled in the glass program at Tennessee Tech University under Professor Curtiss Brock. He recently had a solo exhibition, Uncertain Consciousness at the Appalachian Center for Craft. His work focuses on the optic qualities glass can produce and combines these properties with two dimensional, mixed media compositions.

Andrew is an instructor for the Make Your Own Paperweight, Saturday 10am - 12:30pm and the Glass Sand Casting workshop, Saturday, 3 - 5pm.

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Jamie Estes

Jamie Estes studied glass under Curtiss Brock at the Appalachian Center for Craft, where she earned a BFA. She is a 2017 Niche Award winner who focuses on sculpting with glass to create work that captures a playful spirit. Jamie volunteers at STARworks as a glass production worker.

Jamie is an instructor for the Make Your Own Paperweight, Saturday 10am - 12:30pm and the Glass Sand Casting workshop, Saturday, 3 - 5pm.

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Eddie Bernard

Eddie Bernard is an artist, craftsperson and designer. He is the founder of Wet Dog Glass, LLC, a small manufacturing firm specializing in art glass processing equipment for schools, universities, public access studios and museums. Eddie has instructed hot glass sculpting workshops at Ox_box School of Art, Pilchuck Glass School, Penland School of Craft, Glass Furnace (Instanbul, Turkey)and the Studio of the Corning Museum of Glass. He is a founding member of the New Orleans Creative Glass Institute and has served on the Glass Art Society Board of Directors. 

Eddie will perform Glass Magic Friday, 7:30 - 8:30pm

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Mac Metz

Mac Metz is an artist and fabricator working at STARworks.  He is the lead fabricator for Wet Dog Glass and has contributed to the fabrication of glass studio equipment worldwide.  His sculpture has been shown internationally and is held in many private collections.  Focusing on the core materials of metal, stone, glass and wood, Mac's sculpture aims to convey scientific, historical, theological and mythological concepts.

Mac will teach Introduction to Welding on Saturday, 10 - 11:30am  

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The Outliers

The Outliers is a five-piece bluegrass band from North Carolina whose influences range from the founders of bluegrass music to new originals and ancient tunes from the Old Country. 

The Outliers will perform Friday and Saturday, 8:30 - 10pm  

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STARworks Staff

Joe Grant

Joe Grant is the STARworks Glass Education Coordinator. He has won many awards, including a residency at the Creative Glass Center of America and the NC Arts Council Fellowship. Joe earned a BFA from the University of Illinois and an MFA from Virginia Commonwealth University.

Joe is an instructor for the Make Your Own Paperweight workshop, Saturday 10am - 12:30pm and the Glass Sand Casting workshop, Saturday, 3 - 5pm.

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Erin Younge

Erin Younge is a former STARworks resident artists and currently the STARworks Clay Studio director. Her work translates her Judeo-Christian upbringing using various materials and techniques to build interactive sculptural installations. She received a BFA concentrating in sculpture from the UNCG and an MFA from ECU. Erin has taught workshops at the NC Pottery Center and STARworks. She was the curatorial manager for ECU's Dwight Holland Educational Ceramics Collection.

Erin will teach the Raku Glazing and Firing workshop, Saturday, 4:30 - 6pm.

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Thoryn Ziemba

Thoryn Ziemba is the STARworks Glass Production Coordinator. He is a Windgate Fellowship Award recipient and a former STARworks visiting artist. Thoryn worked for the Pretentious Beer Glass Company in Knoxville, TN before coming to STARworks. He holds a BFA in Glass from Appalachian Center for Craft/Tennessee Technical University.

Thoryn is an instructor for the Make Your Own Paperweight workshop, Saturday 10am - 12:30pm and the Glass Sand Casting workshop, Saturday, 3 - 5pm.

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Dahlia Bushwick

Dahlia Bushwick is a STARworks Glass production glassblower. She holds a BFA in Painting from Maryland Institute of Art and has apprenticed at Corradetti Glassblowing Studio in Baltimore and Art on Fire in Gaithersburg, Maryland. Dahlia has worked and studied at Pilchuck Glass School and the Chrysler Museum of Art. Her work has been exhibited nationwide, including the Portsmouth Museum of Art, Current Space in Baltimore City and Pilchuck Gallery in Washington. 

Dahlia is an instructor for the Make Your Own Paperweight workshop, Saturday 10am - 12:30pm and the Glass Sand Casting workshop, Saturday, 3 - 5pm.

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Jessica See

Jessica See is a STARworks Glass education assistant and retail manager. She holds a BA in Studio Arts with a focus in glassblowing from Illinois State University. She incorporates her drawing background into sculpting and shaping hot glass. From college, Jessica moved to Carrboro and continued her glass career under the instruction of Pringle Teeter before coming to STARworks to work with high school students.

Jessica is an instructor for the Make Your Own Paperweight workshop, Saturday 10am - 12:30pm and the Glass Sand Casting workshop, Saturday, 3 - 5pm.

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