Pictured is work by Jason Bige Burnette. His ceramics have been exhibited nationally, and he has been featured in several publications. He will visit HCC Monday, April 22, 4 to 5 p.m. The lecture will be held in the Creative Arts Building, room 7105 and is free and open to the public.

Haywood Community College’s Professional Crafts Department will host two visiting artists in April. Artist Devon le Fae will be on campus Tuesday, April 16, at 4 p.m. Artist Jason Bige Burnette will visit Monday, April 22 from 4 to 5 p.m. Both lectures will be held in the Creative Arts Building, room 7105, are free and open to the public.

Le Fae is an internationally published model from Western Massachusetts and is currently based out of Western North Carolina. With over 10 years of experience as a fine art, runway and fashion model, she has worked all over the east coast of the United States and Europe. Le Fae will share a slide presentation that includes her portfolio of professional art and fashion images. She will discuss the collaborative nature of the artist-model working relationship.

Bige Burnette graduated from Western Kentucky University with bachelor’s degrees in ceramics, printmaking and graphic design. He then continued his education for two years at the Penland School of Crafts as a core fellowship student and spent a year as an artist-in-residence at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. Bige Burnette has taught many ceramic surface design workshops at various locations. His ceramics have been exhibited nationally, and he has been featured in several publications. In addition, he is an author.  

HCC’s Professional Crafts programs offer an innovative, affordable, groundbreaking craft education with focuses in clay, fiber, jewelry and wood. Through a unique blend of studio experience, classroom education and hands-on business experience, students can achieve the skills necessary to become viable independent studio artists or to become valuable, skilled employees in the expanding craft industry.

For more information on the spring visiting artist series, call 828-627-4672 or email aputansu@haywood.edu. Registration for summer and fall semester is now open. For more information about registration, visit haywood.edu or email hcc-advising@haywood.edu.