Big Talkers: Crafting the Future

Founders of the group Crafting the Future discuss the origin and impact of their organization, joined by staff members of The Steam Exchange.

Annie Evelyn
Corey Pemberton
Shaun Jones
Rachel Mauser

Saturday, March 13th
Hosted online, via Zoom
Meeting ID: 893 3448 5490
Passcode: 090891
7-8:30pm EST

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Annie Evelyn
Headshot of Annie looking directly forward with long wavy black hair, and a blue and white polka dot button up.
Annie is a furniture maker living in Bakersville, NC. She has been a resident artist at the Penland School of Craft, the Windgate Resident at multiple Universities, and exhibited nationally and internationally. Evelyn has been working to create community throughout her artistic practice, mentoring teens, teaching art and upholstery in community and youth centers, as well as putting on arts-based events across the country. In 2019 she co-founded Crafting the Future with a dedicated group of artists from Penland School of Craft to address the glaring lack of racial and ethnic diversity in the fields of art craft and design. Visit Annie’s website.

Corey Pemberton
Headshot of Corey, looking directly forward and seated with his head propped against a hand resting on the arm of the chair. He is weating a white t shirt with a black graphic design of a street layout, a gold chain necklace, red frame glasses, and a wide bill hat.
Corey (American b. Reston, VA 1990) received his BFA from Virginia Commonwealth University in 2012. He has completed residencies at The Pittsburgh Glass Center (PA), Bruket (Bodø, NO), as well as a Core Fellowship at the Penland School of Crafts (NC). He currently resides in Los Angeles, California where he splits his time between Crafting the Future, production glass blowing, and his painting practice. Pemberton strives to bring together people of all backgrounds and identities, breaking down stereotypes and building bridges; not only through his work with Crafting The Future but with his personal artistic practice as well. Visit Corey’s website.

Rachel Mauser
Headshot of Rachel, who has short curly brown hair and is wearing a blue t shirt underneath a brighter sky-blue apron.
Rachel Mauser is a bookbinder and print maker living and working in Louisville, Kentucky. She is co-founder and Program Director of the Steam Exchange. Rachel holds a BFA in painting and art education from Murray State University in Murray, KY. She has taught paper making, printmaking, painting, mural painting, and bookbinding workshops in Louisville, in North Carolina, Los Angeles, Mexico, and Belize. Rachel completed the 2 year Core Fellowship at Penland School of Crafts in North Carolina in 2014 and was a recipient of the Center for Craft Crativity and Design's Windgate Fellowship in 2011 and the Windgate Project Grant in 2016. Her work has been shown at national and international art venues, including the Penland School of Crafts in NC, Todd Art Gallery in TN, and Murray Art Guild in KY, and the Whatcom Museum in Bellingham, WA. Rachel is passionate about using the arts to empower and uplift young people.

Shaun Jones
Headshot of Shaun, who is looking off to the right in front of a bright teal-blue painted brick wall. He is wearing a black t shirt with a graphic design over his heart.
Shaun Jones Is a Graphic Artist/Producer/Designer born and raised in Louisville, KY. Shaun is the Senior Intern at the Steam Exchange and has been a part of the Steam Exchange since it was founded in 2014. Shaun has always expressed himself in an artistic way, beginning with his love for music and drawing at a young age and later joining programs such as the school band and Steam Exchange. These programs helped him further hone his skills in music, drawing, design, and screen printing. Shaun’s prints have been featured in museums in Kentucky, New York, and Ohio. Shaun also owns and runs his own production company and clothing line. He hopes to use his skills and ideas to further improve and create opportunities for youth.


Big Talkers is a quarterly lecture and panel series hosted by Ruckus, and is funded by contributions from Great Meadows Foundation.

Posted 3.3.21 
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