Ian Wegener and Adam Jochim
Ian Wegener is a multidisciplinary artist, currently focused on sculpture, based out of Charlotte NC. He has been exhibiting work for over a decade and his pieces can be found in collections all over the country in both private and corporate collections. Over the last 2 years, he has worked with a number of clients on various projects. Artpop Charlotte, a local Nonprofit for artists, Lowe’s/Charlotte Mecklenburg Library Foundation, Little Diversified Architectural Consulting, an international architecture and design firm, CoreNet Global, an American corporate real estate non profit based out of Atlanta, GA, and Live Nation and PBR in Charlotte to name a few.
Ian is comfortable creating custom work catered to the desires of a client, and has developed a unique style of his own that is present in all the work he creates. The aesthetic quality of his work is as comfortable on a wall as it is tucked into a garden. His emphasis on material and process encourage growth and patterns, the colors transition like wild grasses and his style flows through the pieces he creates, skipping stones and creating ripples of connective creativity.
Pitch and Burl is my vision of a space to create and collaborate with craftsmen, artists and architects bringing ideas to life. After completing a Bachelors of Fine Art at the University of Montana, Missoula in 2002 I relocated to Austin, Texas. It was in the Texas heat that I began my education in the custom woodworking industry. Over the next 17 years I would only take a brief hiatus from design/build studios to pursue a Master's Art History and Education at The University of Texas, Austin. My interest in fine art and study of history and techniques empowers me in the challenges that present themselves as I exercise new skills. Education and curiosity are my two greatest resources. I also use them to explore collaborations with artists and institutions around Charlotte by teaching a class, collaborating on a show, or discussing local trends in at a monthly forum. Local connections are important
to me and though I maintain a one-man shop, the community I find myself in is one of enrichment and beneficial collaboration. The competitive nature present only serves to grow skills and understanding of the material in use and my approach to work. This year marks the 6th anniversary of the shop and continued growth. I take equal pleasure in exploring new techniques as I do refining those I have well practiced. Recent additions to the shop are a lathe for large scale turnings and more hand tools to add a variety of surfaces and shaping.