STAR — STARworks Clay Studio resident artist Sarah Matesz and STARworks resident fiber artist Mirrah Johnson will present slides and discuss their work during Artist Talks on Thursday, Aug. 16, at 5:30 p.m.


Artist Talks, at STARworks, 100 Russell Drive, Star, are free and open to the public. STARworks Café and Taproom will be open during the talks and will remain open until 9 p.m. Visitors can purchase espresso drinks, smoothies, beer, wine and snacks in the café. Attendees will need to use the café entrance to attend Artist Talks.


Sarah Matesz took her first clay class at a community art studio in northwest Ohio when she was 4 and returned to those classes for the next nine years. She earned a BA from Earlham College, where she focused on functional, wheel-thrown, wood-fired ceramics. After taking a class at Penland with Linda Christianson, Matesz became an apprentice at Bandana Pottery, working with Michael Hunt and Naomi Dalglish. There, she learned about processing and using wild clay, firing with wood and working freely and intentionally with clay.


Mirrah Johnson is an artist and educator from Middle Tennessee. She dyes fabric, sews and weaves, working with natural fibers and dyes. She holds a BFA in Fibers from Appalachian Center for Craft at Tennessee Tech University. In 2017, she worked in Community Collaborations at Penland School of Crafts as an intern and then educator for their Subs with Suitcases program. Johnson has taught workshops at several places, including the Toe River Arts Council and Penland School of Crafts, and worked as a full-time seamstress at Elizabeth Suzann in Nashville.


For more information, visit www.STARworksNC.org.


STARworks is a project of Central Park NC, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the economy of the region by focusing on the sustainable use of our natural and cultural resources.