Ben Carter

Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast

Clay, Culture & Travel
Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast

Description

Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast features interviews with culture makers from around the world. For more information please visit our website www.talesofaredclayrambler.com.

Episodes

284: Perry Haas on embracing the challenge of a new body of work

May 10, 2019 47:46

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Perry Haas. He builds softly undulating vessels that are designed to pick up the fly ash that floats through the wood kilns he fires. His recent work is made with a speckled clay body that obscures the silhouette of the forms, blending the exterior and interior spaces into the same visual plane. In our interview we talk about being patient with yourself when starting a new body of work, the Montana residency circuit and finding work life balance. To find out more about Perry visit www.perryhaasceramics.com.

 

Hey Red Clay Rambler fans, I have a new feature called the Community Corkboard and it’s an opportunity for you to share your ceramic event with the Red Clay Rambler audience. Today’s event is the St. Croix Valley Tour, which is having its 27th annual event May 10th-12th in the upper St. Croix River Valley of Minnesota. For more information visit www.minnesotapotters.com. To have your event, or comment, featured on the community corkboard send me an email through the contact link at www.talesofaredclayrambler.com/contact.

283: David Peters on working with Montana’s raw ceramic materials

May 8, 2019 01:21:42

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with David Peters. While studying at Utah State University, David discovered a passion for using “wild” ceramic materials to make functional pottery. For the past twelve years he has focused on developing clay and glaze formulas from ceramic materials dug in the mountains of Central Montana. In our interview we talk about the geology of Montana, how to test and adapt raw materials for studio use, and sorting through criticism when starting a new body of work. For more information visit www.davidpetersceramics.com.

 

Hey Red Clay Rambler fans, I have a new feature called the Community Corkboard and it’s an opportunity for you to share your ceramic event with the Red Clay Rambler audience. Today’s event is the St. Croix Valley Tour, which is having its 27th annual event May 10th-12th in the upper St. Croix River Valley of Minnesota. For more information visit www.minnesotapotters.com. To have your event, or comment, featured on the community corkboard send me an email through the contact link at www.talesofaredclayrambler.com/contact.

282: Steven Young Lee on his recent exhibition at the Portland Art Museum

May 3, 2019 01:05:30

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Steven Young Lee. Growing up in Chicago the son of immigrant Korean parents, Steve turned to pop culture as a touchstone for belonging. His current body of work blends contemporary and historical references on ceramic vessels, including a recently completed large-scale plate installation. In our interview we talk about early 80’s TV heroes, how social media affects the aesthetics of globalism, and the process of making work for his exhibition at the Portland Art Museum. For more information on Steve please visit www.stevenyounglee.com. To listen to Steve’s 2013 interview on the podcast download episode 38.

 

Hey Red Clay Rambler fans, I have a new feature called the Community Corkboard and it’s an opportunity for you to share your ceramic event with the Red Clay Rambler audience. Today’s event is the Art of the Pot Studio Tour, which is having its 16th annual event May 10th-12th in Austin, TX. For more information visit www.artofthepot.com. To have your event, or comment, featured on the community corkboard send me an email through the contact link at www.talesofaredclayrambler.com/contact.

281: Giselle Hicks on a personal search for beauty

May 1, 2019 01:08:36

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Giselle Hicks. Her minimalist vessels combine simple glazes with refined forms to highlight the process marks of her coil-building process. After reading Elaine Scarry’s On Beauty and Being Just, Hicks has embraced the decorative function of her work, focusing on a quest for personal beauty. In our interview we talk about her experience selling through interior designers and how her transition between sculptural and functional bodies of work helped her cultivate a new audience. For more information on Giselle visit www.gisellehicks.com.

 

Hey Red Clay Rambler fans, I have a new feature called the Community Corkboard and it’s an opportunity for you to share your ceramic event with the Red Clay Rambler audience. Today’s event is the Art of the Pot Studio Tour, which is having its 16th annual event May 10th-12th in Austin, TX. For more information visit www.artofthepot.com. To have your event, or comment, featured on the community corkboard send me an email through the contact link at www.talesofaredclayrambler.com/contact.

 

280: Scott Barnim on his forty-year career in clay and his passion for reduced luster ceramics

Apr 26, 2019 01:00:27

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Scott Barnim. Based in Dundas, Ontario, Barnim has been a potter for over 40 years. In his early career he made traditional salt ware pottery, but later became interested in surface decoration after doing a master’s degree at the University of Wales. His studio production now includes highly decorated stoneware, low fire reduced luster ceramics and cobalt transfer ware. In our interview we talk about the nuts and bolts of running a successful studio pottery, understanding reduced luster ceramics, and learning from British studio potters Alan Caiger-Smith and Mick Casson. For more information on Scott visit www.scottbarnimpottery.com.

 

Hey Red Clay Rambler fans, I’m starting a new feature on the show and I want you to be involved. It’s called the Community Corkboard and it’s an opportunity for you to share your ceramic event with the Red Clay Rambler audience. Today’s event is the Indiana Potters Conference. Happening for the first time October 3rd – 5th, 2019, the conference features demonstrations from Malcolm Mobutu Smith, Sarah Pike, Matthew Metz, and Martha Grover, as well as panel discussions and exhibitions. For more information search Indiana Potters Conference on Facebook. To have your event, or comment, featured on the community corkboard send me an email through the contact link at www.talesofaredclayrambler.com/contact.

279: Hamilton Potters Guild members talk about trends in ceramics and how the rising cost of housing affects potters

Apr 23, 2019 01:06:37

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a panel discussion with members of the Hamilton Potters Guild. Emma Smith, Greg Voison, Melissa Schooley and Scott Barnim talk about their experience being potters in the Ontario region and the benefits of being in a guild. We also talk about building a wood kiln on a land lease property, following trends versus “selling out” your aesthetic, and how the rising cost of housing affects potters. To find out more about the guild visit www.hamiltonpotters.ca.

 

Hey Red Clay Rambler fans, I’m starting a new feature on the show and I want you to be involved. It’s called the Community Corkboard and it’s an opportunity for you to share your ceramic event with the Red Clay Rambler audience. Today’s event is the Indiana Potters Conference. Happening for the first time October 3rd – 5th, 2019, the conference features demonstrations from Malcolm Mobutu Smith, Sarah Pike, Matthew Metz, and Martha Grover, as well as panel discussions and exhibitions. For more information search Indiana Potters Conference on Facebook. To have your event, or comment, featured on the community corkboard send me an email through the contact link at www.talesofaredclayrambler.com/contact.

278: Paul Briggs on the intersection of spirituality, creativity and social justice

Apr 19, 2019 01:03:40

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Paul Briggs. During his multifaceted career Paul has been a professor, minister, and artist. While in the ministry he became engaged with social justice work, which influenced his recent body of work “Cell Personae.” The collection of sculptures deals with the effect mass incarceration has on black lives. In the interview we talk about the research Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi did into flow states, what we can learn spiritually through failures in the studio, and how social justice, spirituality and art intersect. For more information on Paul visit www.paulsbriggs.com.

 

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277: Kate Fisher talks with Mikey Walsh about being both an artist and a mother

Apr 17, 2019 26:50

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview that Kate Fisher conducted with ceramic artist Mikey Walsh in 2014. The interview is part of Fisher’s interactive project, “Both Artist and Mother”, which addresses the issues working mothers face as they navigate their lives. In the interview they talk about dealing with the “shouldness” of time management and advice for women who desire to blend familial and career goals. To find out more about the project and hear other interviews visit www.bothartistandmother.com.

 

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276: Kate Fisher on motherhood, making and endurance sports

Apr 16, 2019 57:18

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Kate Fisher. Her recent body of functional pottery draws from a visual analysis of her domestic landscape, including kid’s toys, tools and other familial paraphernalia. In the interview we talk about the parallels between endurance sports and potting, the types of support working mothers need to be active in their studios, and her ceramic outreach project “Both Artist and Mother.” To find out more about Kate visit www.fisherclay.com or www.bothartistandmother.com.

Are you looking for a new podcast app? Check out Stitcher Radio, an award winning, free mobile app that lets you listen to all your favorite shows, plus discover the best new podcasts around the web. Stitcher’s easy to use app lets you create playlists of your favorite shows. and the best part is that they play continuously without you having to change any settings. This is perfect for artists who have their hands in clay and don’t want to stop working to fiddle around with their smart phones. Download Stitcher for free today at Stitcher.com, or in the app stores.

275: Live from CWU: Residency Reflections with Amanda Salov, Iva Haas, Seth Charles, and Amanda Bury

Apr 13, 2019 01:16:30

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a live episode featuring Amanda Salov, Iva Haas, Seth Charles, and Amanda Bury. The panel share their experience being resident artists and developing a career in ceramics. In the interview we also talk about how to write a successful application, managing long distance relationships with friends and family, and what makes a good residency. The discussion was taped live at Central Washington University as part of the Residency Reflections exhibition.

 

I want to send a special thank you to the Studio Potter journal for sponsoring this episode of the podcast. Since 1972, the Studio Potter non-profit organization has promoted the discussion of technology, criticism, aesthetics, and history within the ceramics community, through their semi-annual print and online journal. Many guests of this podcast have written for the journal and you can find those articles along with more information and more information about how to subscribe at www.studiopotter.org.

274: Stuart Gair, Kyle Johns, and Kelly Stevenson on pushing yourself to take aesthetic risks in the studio

Mar 27, 2019 51:05

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have the final episode of a miniseries featuring current resident artists at the Archie Bray Foundation. In this episode Stuart Gair, Kyle Johns, and Kelly Stevenson talk about transitioning to full time studio work after graduate school, pushing themselves to take risks in the studio, and the value of working at the Archie Bray Foundation. To see images of their work, visit www.archiebray.org.

 

Ceramic Materials Workshop is a proud sponsor of the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast. Ceramic Materials Workshop is a place online to learn about how clay and glazes really work. They’ve been teaching glaze calculation at prestigious ceramic universities for years, and now offer classes that are open to everyone around the world. They help you take control of your glazes, so your work meets your vision, helping you end Post-Firing Depression one glaze at a time. Their next online session begins April 1st, so sign up today. You can find out more and sign up for their classes at www.ceramicmaterialsworkshop.com.

273: Richard James, Kelsey Duncan and Iva Haas on how a creative practice can shift the maker’s world view

Mar 22, 2019 01:20:32

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have the second in a series of discussions with current resident artists at the Archie Bray Foundation. In this episode Richard James, Kelsey Duncan and Iva Haas talk about building a character study for figurative sculpture, the choice to improvise or not in the creative process, and how a creative practice can shift the maker’s world view. To see images of their work, visit www.archiebray.org.

 

Ceramic Materials Workshop is a proud sponsor of the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast. Ceramic Materials Workshop is a place online to learn about how clay and glazes really work. They’ve been teaching glaze calculation at prestigious ceramic universities for years, and now offer classes that are open to everyone around the world. They help you take control of your glazes, so your work meets your vision, helping you end Post-Firing Depression one glaze at a time. Their next online session begins April 1st, so sign up today. You can find out more and sign up for their classes at www.ceramicmaterialsworkshop.com.

272: Jessica Brandl, Yoonjee Kwak and Christina Erives on creating narrative art based on family history

Mar 21, 2019 43:54

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have the first in a series of discussions with current resident artists at the Archie Bray Foundation. In this episode Jessica Brandl, Yoonjee Kwak and Christina Erives talk about using humor to shape their aesthetic, creating narrative works that relate to the personal mythologies of their families, and their experience as resident artists in academic institutions and art centers. To see images of their work, visit www.archiebray.org.

 

Ceramic Materials Workshop is a proud sponsor of the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast. Ceramic Materials Workshop is a place online to learn about how clay and glazes really work. They’ve been teaching glaze calculation at prestigious ceramic universities for years, and now offer classes that are open to everyone around the world. They help you take control of your glazes, so your work meets your vision, helping you end Post-Firing Depression one glaze at a time. Their next online session begins April 1st, so sign up today. You can find out more and sign up for their classes at www.ceramicmaterialsworkshop.com.

271: Brenda Quinn on the blending of architecture and floral elements in her work

Mar 14, 2019 01:08:37

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Brenda Quinn. Her vibrant functional pottery explores the line between hard and soft through the blending of architectural and floral elements. In the interview we talk about how a childhood phobia led her to practice mindfulness, methods for generating pattern, and helping her students understand the value of handmade goods. To see examples of her work, visit www.brendaquinn.com.

  

Hey Red Clay Rambler fans, in the lead up to this year’s NCECA conference in Minneapolis I want to support a few excellent exhibitions that you should attend. Roberto Lugo has curated at show at St. Olaf College in Northfield, MN titled More Than That: Diversity within Diversity. The show brings artists of color together that work in a multiplicity of genres and forms that defy cultural expectations. Each member of the show creates work that is pushing the field of ceramics to engage with the communities in which artists find themselves. For more information visit wp.stolaf.edu/flaten.

270: Matt Wedel on keeping up with the speed of his imagination

Mar 12, 2019 01:01:59

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Matt Wedel. He uses a gestural sculpting style and vibrant glazes to create large-scale works around the themes of the figure, landscape, and what he calls “Flower Trees”. In the interview we talk about keeping up with the speed of his imagination, understanding color and surface, and the place of ceramics in the art world. To see examples of his work visit www.mattwedel.com or www.lalouver.com.

 

Hey Red Clay Rambler fans, in the lead up to this year’s NCECA conference in Minneapolis I want to mention a few events that will be happening. The first is Penelope Van Grinsven’s Reprocessing Project. She will be in the project space March 27th-29th smashing ceramic pieces that participants bring to the conference. She says of the project, “I think there will be something beautiful and unnerving about ceramists breaking their pieces together in one space. Reprocessing will take a private activity that we all engage in and make it public.” In exchange for one piece, each participant will receive a postcard that contains a few shards from the project in a small plastic container. For more information on Penelope visit www.penelopevangrinsven.com.

269: Linda Christianson on modern pyromantics

Mar 9, 2019 57:45

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have Linda Christianson’s closing lecture from the Cultural Confluence Wood Fire Symposium, held in Helena, MT in October 2018. She talks about the human preoccupation with fire and how that is being replaced by the back lit screens of modern technology. She also addresses problems that face the field of wood firing including gender inequity and resource depletion. To find out more about Linda visit www.christiansonpottery.com.

 

Hey Red Clay Rambler fans, I want to take a minute to talk to you about our sustaining membership program. As we head into 2019, I want to appeal to you directly to help us meet our new goal of having 120 patrons by April 1st. I’m asking you to make a $5 pledge today at patreon.com/redclayrambler. That’s only $1.25 per episode to help me document the field of ceramics. This new goal will help me record interviews with Canadian artists on my upcoming trip in April. If you prefer you can make a one-time donation through the Pay Pal portal at www.talesofaredclayrambler.com. If you have been thinking about getting involved don’t wait any longer. Every dollar helps, and no donation is too small. Thanks again for supporting the podcast!

268: Learning to wood fire through apprenticeships and residencies with Dupont, Johnstone, Parady, Tagseth, and Wilson.

Mar 7, 2019 51:04

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a panel on nonacademic paths for learning wood firing featuring Robin Dupont, Jody Johnstone, Scott Parady, Martin Tagseth, and Tara Wilson. The panelists discuss a wide range of personal experience from Johnstone’s time in a traditional Japanese apprenticeship to Parady establishing his Cobb Mountain Art & Ecology Project to teach wood firing and ecology. To see examples of the panelists work and find out more about each artist visit www.culturalconfluencewoodfiresymposium.com/artists. The presentation was given at the Cultural Confluence Wood Fire Symposium, held in Helena, MT in October 2018.

 

Hey Red Clay Rambler fans, I want to take a minute to talk to you about our sustaining membership program. As we head into 2019, I want to appeal to you directly to help us meet our new goal of having 120 patrons by April 1st. I’m asking you to make a $5 pledge today at patreon.com/redclayrambler. That’s only $1.25 per episode to help me document the field of ceramics. This new goal will help me record interviews with Canadian artists on my upcoming trip in April. If you prefer you can make a one-time donation through the Pay Pal portal at www.talesofaredclayrambler.com. If you have been thinking about getting involved don’t wait any longer. Every dollar helps, and no donation is too small. Thanks again for supporting the podcast!

267: The state of wood firing education with John Neely, Matthew Blakely, Pascal Geoffroy, Sandy Lockwood, and Linda Lid

Mar 5, 2019 01:16:55

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a panel on education featuring John Neely, Matthew Blakely, Pascal Geoffroy, Sandy Lockwood, and Linda Lid. The panelists discuss how they came to learn wood firing and the current status of the firing technique in educational institutions in Australia, the United States, and Western Europe. To see examples of the panelists work and find out more about each artist visit www.culturalconfluencewoodfiresymposium.com/artists. The lecture was given at the Cultural Confluence Wood Fire Symposium, held in Helena, MT in October 2018.

 

Hey Red Clay Rambler fans, I want to take a minute to talk to you about our sustaining membership program. As we head into 2019, I want to appeal to you directly to help us meet our new goal of having 120 patrons by April 1st. I’m asking you to make a $5 pledge today at patreon.com/redclayrambler. That’s only $1.25 per episode to help me document the field of ceramics. This new goal will help me record interviews with Canadian artists on my upcoming trip in April. If you prefer you can make a one-time donation through the Pay Pal portal at www.talesofaredclayrambler.com. If you have been thinking about getting involved don’t wait any longer. Every dollar helps, and no donation is too small. Thanks again for supporting the podcast!

266: Applied aesthetics with Denny Gerwin, Linda Christianson, Shirobey Kobayashi, Trevor Dunn, and Neil Hoffman

Mar 1, 2019 54:55

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a panel on applied aesthetics. Denny Gerwin, Linda Christianson, Shirobey Kobayashi, Trevor Dunn, and Neil Hoffman talk about the objects and experiences that have shaped their artistic worldviews. To see examples of their work and find out more about each artist visit www.culturalconfluencewoodfiresymposium.com/artists. The lecture was given at the Cultural Confluence Wood Fire Symposium, held in Helena, MT in October 2018.

 

Hey Red Clay Rambler fans, I want to take a minute to talk to you about our sustaining membership program. As we head into 2019, I want to appeal to you directly to help us meet our new goal of having 120 patrons by April 1st. I’m asking you to make a $5 pledge today at patreon.com/redclayrambler. That’s only $1.25 per episode to help me document the field of ceramics. This new goal will help me record interviews with Canadian artists on my upcoming trip in April. If you prefer you can make a one-time donation through the Pay Pal portal at www.talesofaredclayrambler.com. If you have been thinking about getting involved don’t wait any longer. Every dollar helps, and no donation is too small. Thanks again for supporting the podcast!

265: Daniel Lafferty on intuitive kiln building and the squinch arch

Mar 1, 2019 37:02

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a lecture from Daniel Lafferty on building wood fired kilns based on Islamic architecture. He uses the squinch arch, which allows him to improvise kiln characteristics to meet the specific needs of the user. In his talk he discusses building without form work, the pros and cons of burying the majority of the kiln underground, and building with diatomaceous earth bricks. To find out more about Daniel visit www.daniellafferty.bigcartel.com. The lecture was given at the Cultural Confluence Wood Fire Symposium, held in Helena, MT in October 2018.

 

Hey Red Clay Rambler fans, I want to take a minute to talk to you about our sustaining membership program. As we head into 2019, I want to appeal to you directly to help us meet our new goal of having 120 patrons by April 1st. I’m asking you to make a $5 pledge today at patreon.com/redclayrambler. That’s only $1.25 per episode to help me document the field of ceramics. This new goal will help me record interviews with Canadian artists on my upcoming trip in April. If you prefer you can make a one-time donation through the Pay Pal portal at www.talesofaredclayrambler.com. If you have been thinking about getting involved don’t wait any longer. Every dollar helps, and no donation is too small. Thanks again for supporting the podcast!

264: Hideo Mabuchi on vital materiality and the science behind reduction cooled reds

Feb 21, 2019 55:55

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a lecture from noted physicist and ceramic artist Hideo Mabuchi. He is currently working on a joint research project with Utah State University to better understand the behavior of iron in atmospheric kilns. In this lecture Hideo talks about the concept of vital materiality and his research into the unique colors that form when iron-bearing clays are reduction cooled. Hideo is a Professor of Applied Physics at Stanford University and was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2000 for his work using optical methods to understand quantum states. To find out more about Hideo visit www.firemouse.me. The lecture was given at the Cultural Confluence Wood Fire Symposium, held in Helena, MT in October 2018.

 

Hey Red Clay Rambler fans, I want to take a minute to talk to you about our sustaining membership program. As we head into 2019, I want to appeal to you directly to help us meet our new goal of having 120 patrons by April 1st. I’m asking you to make a $5 pledge today at patreon.com/redclayrambler. That’s only $1.25 per episode to help me document the field of ceramics. This new goal will help me record interviews with Canadian artists on my upcoming trip in April. If you prefer you can make a one-time donation through the Pay Pal portal at www.talesofaredclayrambler.com. If you have been thinking about getting involved don’t wait any longer. Every dollar helps, and no donation is too small. Thanks again for supporting the podcast!

263: Catherine White on the seeds of ideas

Feb 19, 2019 41:48

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a lecture from Catherine White. She talks about the intuitive process, where ideas come from and how they shift as they come to fruition. She also describes the development of her dust prints and the visual relationship between ceramic form and written language. To find out more about Catherine visit www.catherinewhite.com. The lecture was given at the Cultural Confluence Wood Fire Symposium, held in Helena, MT in October 2018. 

 

Hey Red Clay Rambler fans, I want to take a minute to talk to you about our sustaining membership program. As we head into 2019, I want to appeal to you directly to help us meet our new goal of having 120 patrons by April 1st. I’m asking you to make a $5 pledge today at patreon.com/redclayrambler. That’s only $1.25 per episode to help me document the field of ceramics. This new goal will help me record interviews with Canadian artists on my upcoming trip in April. If you prefer you can make a one-time donation through the Pay Pal portal at www.talesofaredclayrambler.com. If you have been thinking about getting involved don’t wait any longer. Every dollar helps, and no donation is too small. Thanks again for supporting the podcast!

262: International wood firing extravaganza with Lindsay Oesterritter, Nancy Fuller, Robin Dupont, Zac Chalmers, Tristan Chambaud-Heraud, Shikamaru Takeshita, John Neely and Linda Lid

Feb 13, 2019 01:09:43

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a mega panel discussion on the state of wood firing around the world. We start by talking about gender dynamics in the artists home countries before moving onto the environmental impact of firing and finding one’s voice in the process. The panel features Lindsay Oesterritter (USA), Nancy Fuller (SCT), Robin Dupont (CAN), Zac Chalmers (AUS), Tristan Chambaud-Heraud (FRA), Shikamaru Takeshita (JPN), John Neely (USA), and Linda Lid (NOR). For more information on each artist visit www.culturalconfluencewoodfiresymposium.com/artists. The panel was recorded at the Cultural Confluence Wood Fire Symposium, held in Helena, MT in October 2018.

 

I want to send a special thank you to the Studio Potter Journal for sponsoring this episode of the podcast. Since 1972, the Studio Potter non-profit organization has promoted the discussion of technology, criticism, aesthetics, and history within the ceramic’s community, through their semi-annual print and online journal. Many guests of this podcast have written for the journal and you can find those articles along with more information and more information about how to subscribe at www.studiopotter.org.

261: Scott Ross on ram casting solid clay sculpture

Feb 8, 2019 33:24

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a lecture from Scott Ross about building large scale sculpture for wood kilns. He builds his work by ram casting laminated layers of solid clay, which he then manipulates into geometric forms. In the lecture he discusses ram casting forming methods and the logistics of moving a 900-pound piece into a kiln. Ross is an Assistant Professor of Sculpture at Linfield College in McMinnville, OR. For more information on Scott visit www.scottrossstudio.org. The lecture was given at the Cultural Confluence Wood Fire Symposium, held in Helena, MT in October 2018.

 

Hey Red Clay Rambler fans, I want to take a minute to talk to you about our sustaining membership program. As we head into 2019, I want to appeal to you directly to help us meet our new goal of having 120 patrons by April 1st. I’m asking you to make a $5 pledge today at patreon.com/redclayrambler. That’s only $1.25 per episode to help me document the field of ceramics. This new goal will help me record interviews with Canadian artists on my upcoming trip in April. If you prefer you can make a one-time donation through the Pay Pal portal at www.talesofaredclayrambler.com. If you have been thinking about getting involved don’t wait any longer. Every dollar helps, and no donation is too small. Thanks again for supporting the podcast!

260: John Neely on the development of the Train Kiln

Feb 5, 2019 32:18

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a lecture from John Neely about the evolution of the Train Kiln. Neely developed this unique style of wood burning kiln to achieve similar aesthetics to Japanese Anagama. Neely’s design however is easier to build and more environmentally friendly, generating heavy ash surfaces using less wood and man power than a tube kiln. Neely is a Professor of Art at Utah State University. For more information on John visit www.usu.edu. The lecture was given at the Cultural Confluence Wood Fire Symposium, held in Helena, MT in October 2018.

 

Hey Red Clay Rambler fans, I want to take a minute to talk to you about our sustaining membership program. As we head into 2019, I want to appeal to you directly to help us meet our new goal of having 120 patrons by April 1st. I’m asking you to make a $5 pledge today at patreon.com/redclayrambler. That’s only $1.25 per episode to help me document the field of ceramics. This new goal will help me record interviews with Canadian artists on my upcoming trip in April. If you prefer you can make a one-time donation through the Pay Pal portal at www.talesofaredclayrambler.com. If you have been thinking about getting involved don’t wait any longer. Every dollar helps, and no donation is too small. Thanks again for supporting the podcast!

259: George McCauley on low temperature wood firing

Feb 1, 2019 19:20

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a lecture from George McCauley. Over his 50-year career he has made pottery, mixed media sculpture, and metal work, as well as being a cowboy, carpenter and movie producer. His self-described "casual" approach to art making highlights the emotive quality of gestural mark making and loose brushwork. In this lecture he talks about his experience with low fire wood firing. For more information on George visit www.georgeshouseofclay.com. The lecture was given at the Cultural Confluence Wood Fire Symposium, held in Helena, MT in October 2018.

 

Hey Red Clay Rambler fans, I want to take a minute to talk to you about our sustaining membership program. As we head into 2019, I want to appeal to you directly to help us meet our new goal of having 120 patrons by April 1st. I’m asking you to make a $5 pledge today at patreon.com/redclayrambler. That’s only $1.25 per episode to help me document the field of ceramics. This new goal will help me record interviews with Canadian artists on my upcoming trip in April. If you prefer you can make a one-time donation through the Pay Pal portal at www.talesofaredclayrambler.com. If you have been thinking about getting involved don’t wait any longer. Every dollar helps, and no donation is too small. Thanks again for supporting the podcast!

258: Sandy Lockwood on collaborating with uncertainty

Jan 29, 2019 27:27

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a lecture from Sandy Lockwood. A clay worker for many decades, Sandy discusses how morphogenic making and bodily learning can be a foundation for understanding the practice of wood firing. Sandy recently completed a PhD in Creative Arts from University of Wollongong and is currently a lecturer at the National Art School, Sydney. For more information visit www.sandylockwood.com.au. The lecture was given at the Cultural Confluence Wood Fire Symposium, held in Helena, MT in October 2018.

 

Hey Red Clay Rambler fans, I want to take a minute to talk to you about our sustaining membership program. As we head into 2019, I want to appeal to you directly to help us meet our new goal of having 120 patrons by April 1st. I’m asking you to make a $5 pledge today at patreon.com/redclayrambler. That’s only $1.25 per episode to help me document the field of ceramics. This new goal will help me record interviews with Canadian artists on my upcoming trip in April. If you prefer you can make a one-time donation through the Pay Pal portal at www.talesofaredclayrambler.com. If you have been thinking about getting involved don’t wait any longer. Every dollar helps, and no donation is too small. Thanks again for supporting the podcast!

257: Josh Deweese on the history of wood firing in Montana

Jan 23, 2019 53:25

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a lecture from Josh Deweese on the history of wood firing in Montana. During his talk he recounts stories of historic Montana kilns and the influential artists who fired them. The lecture was given as the keynote speech at the Cultural Confluence Wood Fire Symposium, held in Helena, MT in October 2018. Josh was the Resident Director of the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts from 1992-2006 and is now an Associate Professor of Art at Montana State University. For more information visit www.joshdeweese.com.

 

Hey Red Clay Rambler fans, I want to take a minute to talk to you about our sustaining membership program. As we head into 2019, I want to appeal to you directly to help us meet our new goal of having 120 patrons by April 1st. I’m asking you to make a $5 pledge today at patreon.com/redclayrambler. That’s only $1.25 per episode to help me document the field of ceramics. This new goal will help me record interviews with Canadian artists on my upcoming trip in April. If you prefer you can make a one-time donation through the Pay Pal portal at www.talesofaredclayrambler.com. If you have been thinking about getting involved don’t wait any longer. Every dollar helps, and no donation is too small. Thanks again for supporting the podcast!

256: Mark Campden on making reduced luster ceramics

Jan 17, 2019 01:03:00

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Mark Campden. He makes two distinct lines of functional pottery at his studio in Co Kilkenny, IE. The first a majolica line featuring decoration pulled from his surrounding landscape, and the second a lusterware line featuring dense geometric patterns based on fish, butterflies and other fauna. In our interview we talk about the influence of his father Edgar Campden, who worked at Aldermaston pottery with Alan Caiger Smith for over thirty years, and the science behind making reduced luster pottery. For more information on Mark visit www.thebridgepottery.com.

 

Hey Red Clay Rambler fans, I want to take a minute to talk to you about our sustaining membership program. As we head into 2019, I want to appeal to you directly to help us meet our new goal of having 120 patrons by April 1st. I’m asking you to make a $5 pledge today at patreon.com/redclayrambler. That’s only $1.25 per episode to help me document the field of ceramics. This new goal will help me record interviews with Canadian artists on my upcoming trip in April. If you prefer you can make a one-time donation through the Pay Pal portal at www.talesofaredclayrambler.com. If you have been thinking about getting involved don’t wait any longer. Every dollar helps, and no donation is too small. Thanks again for supporting the podcast!

255: Ireland Week: Making a living in rural Ireland with Cork potters Sara Roberts, Charlie Mahon, and Darren Francis Cassidy

Jan 12, 2019 59:11

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with members of the Society of Cork Potters: Sara Roberts, Charlie Mahon, Darren Francis Cassidy. The group started in the 1970’s with the aim to create the exchange of information between ceramic artists working in County Cork. In our interview we talk about making a living in rural Ireland, the value of working with an artist group, and dealing with the effects of the Great Financial Crisis. For more information on Sara visit www.sramics.net. For more information on Charlie visit www.charliemahon.ie. For more information on Darren visit www.darrenfranciscassidy.com.

 

Hey Red Clay Rambler fans, thanks for listening to this episode and for supporting the show with your donations and iTunes comments. About a year ago I started using Patreon to create a sustaining membership campaign. It has been a great tool to raise funds, but I continue to need your help to meet my operating budget. If you can spare a few dollars a month I ask that you sign up at www.patreon.com/redclayrambler or give a one-time donation through the Pay Pal portal at www.talesofaredclayrambler.com. Every dollar helps, and no donation is too small. Thanks for helping to keep this show on the air!

254: Ireland Week: Gallerist Mary Gallagher on the state of craft in Ireland

Jan 11, 2019 58:32

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Mary Gallagher. She opened the Blue Egg Gallery in Wexford in 2011, and shows a variety of craft artists from Ireland and abroad. In our interview we talk about the Norman history of Wexford, the state of craft in Ireland and how she uses large art fairs, like Ceramic Art London, to help her curate shows for the gallery. For more information on the Blue Egg Gallery visit www.blueegggallery.ie.

 

Hey Red Clay Rambler fans, thanks for listening to this episode and for supporting the show with your donations and iTunes comments. About a year ago I started using Patreon to create a sustaining membership campaign. It has been a great tool to raise funds, but I continue to need your help to meet my operating budget. If you can spare a few dollars a month I ask that you sign up at www.patreon.com/redclayrambler or give a one-time donation through the Pay Pal portal at www.talesofaredclayrambler.com. Every dollar helps, and no donation is too small. Thanks for helping to keep this show on the air!

253: Ireland Week: Susan O’Byrne on the empathic potential of sculpting animals

Jan 10, 2019 48:32

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Susan O’Byrne. Susan creates ceramic animal sculptures that convey the complex emotional landscape of human relationships. She sculpts around a wire armature using layers of paper clay before surfacing the forms with mosaic-like patterns. In the interview we talk about her building process, creating a life in Glasgow, Scotland, and how she used animals to represent family history in her traveling exhibition "The Five Sisters". For more information on Susan visit www.susanobyrne.co.uk. This interview was taped at the 2018 Ceramics Ireland International Festival in Thomastown, Kilkenny.

 

Hey Red Clay Rambler fans, thanks for listening to this episode and for supporting the show with your donations and iTunes comments. About a year ago I started using Patreon to create a sustaining membership campaign. It has been a great tool to raise funds, but I continue to need your help to meet my operating budget. If you can spare a few dollars a month I ask that you sign up at www.patreon.com/redclayrambler or give a one-time donation through the Pay Pal portal at www.talesofaredclayrambler.com. Every dollar helps, and no donation is too small. Thanks for helping to keep this show on the air!

252: Ireland Week: Gus Mabelson on Ireland’s Ceramic Skills and Design Course

Jan 9, 2019 01:11:15

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Gus Mabelson. In 1991 Gus came to Thomastown, Ireland to start a throwing course that would provide trained workers for the booming Irish ceramic field. Twenty-seven years later he continues to shape generations of Irish artists with the expanded skills and design course. In the interview we talk about the education principles that he prioritized when setting up the program, generating momentum for craft in a rural location, and hosting Prince Charles for a visit to the school. For more information about the course visit the Design and Craft Council of Ireland's website www.dccoi.ie. This interview was taped at the 2018 Ceramics Ireland International Festival in Thomastown, Kilkenny.

 

Hey Red Clay Rambler fans, thanks for listening to this episode and for supporting the show with your donations and iTunes comments. About a year ago I started using Patreon to create a sustaining membership campaign. It has been a great tool to raise funds, but I continue to need your help to meet my operating budget. If you can spare a few dollars a month I ask that you sign up at www.patreon.com/redclayrambler or give a one-time donation through the Pay Pal portal at www.talesofaredclayrambler.com. Every dollar helps, and no donation is too small. Thanks for helping to keep this show on the air!

251: Ireland Week: Tina Byrne and Elaine Riordan on advocating for Irish ceramics

Jan 8, 2019 59:51

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Tina Byrne and Elaine Riordan. Both are talented ceramic sculptors that are dedicated advocates for Irish ceramics. Tina is the editor of Ceramics Ireland magazine and an organizer of the International Festival. Elaine is a member of the Ceramics Ireland organization, helping to organize the festival, as well as year-long programing that supports visibility of Irish artists. In our interview we talk about their recent bodies of work, the development of the Ceramics Ireland magazine, and how Irish ceramic artists are gaining more visibility in the global ceramic world. This interview was taped at the 2018 Ceramics Ireland International Festival in Thomastown, Kilkenny.

 

Hey Red Clay Rambler fans, thanks for listening to this episode and for supporting the show with your donations and iTunes comments. About a year ago I started using Patreon to create a sustaining membership campaign. It has been a great tool to raise funds, but I continue to need your help to meet my operating budget. If you can spare a few dollars a month I ask that you sign up at www.patreon.com/redclayrambler or give a one-time donation through the Pay Pal portal at www.talesofaredclayrambler.com. Every dollar helps, and no donation is too small. Thanks for helping to keep this show on the air!

250: Ireland Week: Isobel Egan on building with paper-thin porcelain slabs

Jan 7, 2019 50:53

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Isobel Egan. Her geometric forms are constructed from porcelain slabs that appear both fragile and immense. Her recent work spans multiple feet in diameter and is made by combining modular box forms that are arranged in patterns that reference cityscapes and architecture. In the interview we talk about her porcelain hand building process, pricing work that is labor intensive, and how showing at large art fairs, like Ceramic Art London, has helped propel her career. For more information visit www.isobeleganceramics.com. This interview was taped at the 2018 Ceramics Ireland International Festival in Thomastown, Kilkenny.

 

Hey Red Clay Rambler fans, thanks for listening to this episode and for supporting the show with your donations and iTunes comments. About a year ago I started using Patreon to create a sustaining membership campaign. It has been a great tool to raise funds, but I continue to need your help to meet my operating budget. If you can spare a few dollars a month I ask that you sign up at www.patreon.com/redclayrambler or give a one-time donation through the Pay Pal portal at www.talesofaredclayrambler.com. Every dollar helps, and no donation is too small. Thanks for helping to keep this show on the air!

249: Darien A-Johnson on the computer glitch that changed his life

Jan 3, 2019 01:09:27

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Darien A-Johnson. In his most recent body of work he uses digital and manual mark making to create complex surface imagery that shifts as the viewer moves around his sculptural forms. In the interview we talk about how a computer glitch changed his creative practice, his experience living in Denmark, and how he gives visual form to the foggy business of remembering the past. To find out more about his work visit www.darienjohnson.com.

 

I want to send a special thank you to Ceramic Materials Workshop for sponsoring this episode of the podcast. Ceramicists at all levels can now learn how clay and glazes function in convenient online courses taught by Matt Katz. Ceramic Materials ​Workshop will help you explore why clay and glazes work empowering you to troubleshoot problems and generate creative solutions in your own studio. Visit www.ceramicmaterialsworkshop.com to register for the next session, which starts January 2nd.

248: In Tribute: Warren Mackenzie on a lifetime in clay

Jan 1, 2019 01:18:37

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a rebroadcast of a 2015 interview with an icon of the American studio pottery movement, Warren Mackenzie. After an early apprenticeship at the Leach Pottery in St. Ives, Cornwall (1949-1952), Mackenzie became a ceramic professor at the University of Minnesota (1953-1990). During his nearly four-decade tenure at the school, he influenced generations of students including Michael Simon, Randy Johnston, Sandy Simon, Mark Pharis and many more. In the interview we talk about his time at the Leach Pottery, pricing for domestic wares, and his thoughts on what makes a good pot. Warren passed peacefully in his Stillwater, MN home on December 31st, 2018.

 

I want to send a special thank you to the Studio Potter Journal for sponsoring this episode of the podcast. Since 1972, the Studio Potter non-profit organization has promoted the discussion of technology, criticism, aesthetics, and history within the ceramic’s community, through their semi-annual print and online journal. Many guests of this podcast have written for the journal and you can find those articles along with more information and more information about how to subscribe at www.studiopotter.org.

247: Liz Zlot Summerfield on establishing work-life balance to encourage health and creativity

Dec 18, 2018 01:03:42

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Liz Zlot Summerfield. Her hand-built pottery is created in small groups, or collections, using color and pattern to create visual interplay between the forms. She says of the idea, “Within a collection, everyday objects have the ability to gain importance as members of a whole. They start to become more than the sum of their parts, subtle nuances are noticed, and there is the potential to give value to valueless objects.” In our interview we talk about the psychological impact of color, building a bisque library of forms, and establishing work-life balance. To see examples of her work visit www.lzspottery.com. This episode was taped as part of the Red Handed Symposium at the Clay Lady Campus in Nashville, TN.

 

I want to send a special thank you to Ceramic Materials Workshop for sponsoring this episode of the podcast. Ceramicists at all levels can now learn how clay and glazes function in convenient online courses taught by Matt Katz. Ceramic Materials ​Workshop will help you explore why clay and glazes work empowering you to troubleshoot problems and generate creative solutions in your own studio. Visit www.ceramicmaterialsworkshop.com to register for the next session, which starts January 2nd.

246: Marty Fielding on the influence of Frank Gehry and postmodern architecture on his ceramic vessels

Dec 12, 2018 55:59

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Marty Fielding. His ceramic vessels live at the scale of domestic pottery, but often feel monumental with their architectural volumes and angles. In our interview we talk about his love of Frank Gehry’s architecture, building up layers of underglaze to create abstract fields of color, and how music has shaped his creative practice. For more information on Marty visit www.martyfielding.com. This episode was taped as part of the Red Handed Symposium at the Clay Lady Campus in Nashville, TN.

 

I want to send a special thank you to Ceramic Materials Workshop for sponsoring this episode of the podcast. Ceramicists at all levels can now learn how clay and glazes function in convenient online courses taught by Matt Katz. Ceramic Materials ​Workshop will help you explore why clay and glazes work empowering you to troubleshoot problems and generate creative solutions in your own studio. Visit www.ceramicmaterialsworkshop.com to register for the next session, which starts January 2nd.

245: Amy Sanders on using patinas over Terra Siggilata to create rich low fire surfaces

Dec 5, 2018 58:02

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Amy Sanders. Her hand-built pottery is decorated with stamped patterns and layers of terra sigillata that refer to her love of vintage clothing and fabric. In our interview we talk about developing low fire surfaces, using the 80% rule in the studio and the value of an artist’s group. Amy is a member of Thrown Together, a group of four artists who exhibit their work together and provide feedback on each other’s work. For more information on Amy’s work visit www.amysanderspottery.com. For more information on Thrown Together visit www.throwntogetherpotters.com. This episode was taped as part of the Red Handed Symposium at the Clay Lady Campus in Nashville, TN.

 

I want to send a special thank you to Joel Cherrico Pottery for sponsoring this episode of the podcast. Every month, Joel films a great series of instructional videos that show how he operates his studio giving insights into making a living as a potter. To see those, search Cherrico Pottery on Facebook and after you do sign up to support the video channel at www.patreon.com/cherricopottery.

244: Ronan Peterson on the influence of comic books on his colorful work

Nov 28, 2018 56:56

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Ronan Peterson. The surface of his pottery is decorated with colorful terra sigillatas and bright glazes that reference the cycle of growth and decay in the natural world. In our interview we talk about the influence of comic books on his aesthetic, learning to critique his pottery, and pushing a body of work until it lives in its own reality. For more information on Ronan visit www.ninetoespottery.com.

 

Hey Red Clay Rambler fans, thanks for listening to this episode and for supporting the show with your donations and iTunes comments. About a year ago I started using Patreon to create a sustaining membership campaign. It has been a great tool to raise funds, but I continue to need your help to meet my operating budget. If you can spare a few dollars a month I ask that you sign up at www.patreon.com/redclayrambler or give a one-time donation through the Pay Pal portal at www.talesofaredclayrambler.com. Every dollar helps, and no donation is too small. Thanks for helping to keep this show on the air!

243: Live from Nashville: Summerfield, Peterson, Sanders and Fielding on developing low fire ceramic surfaces

Nov 20, 2018 01:13:22

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a live episode featuring Liz Zlot Summerfield, Ronan Peterson, Amy Sanders and Marty Fielding. Our wide-ranging conversation includes advocating for handmade through arts education, creating engaging low fire surfaces and why potters seem to dress like their pots. This episode was taped in front of a live audience as part of the Red Handed Symposium at the Clay Lady Campus in Nashville, TN.

 

Liz Zlot Summerfield is a ceramic artist based in Bakersville, NC. For more information visit www.lzspottery.com. Ronan Peterson is a ceramic artist based in Chapel Hill, NC. For more information visit www.ninetoespottery.com. Amy Sanders is a ceramic artist based in Charlotte, NC. For more information visit www.amysanderspottery.com. Marty Fielding is a ceramic artist based in Tallahassee, FL. For more information visit www.martyfielding.com.

 

Hey Red Clay Rambler fans, thanks for listening to this episode and for supporting the show with your iTunes comments. About a year ago I started using Patreon to create a sustaining membership campaign. It has been a great tool to raise funds, but I continue to need your help to meet my operating budget. If you can spare a few dollars a month I ask that you sign up at www.patreon.com/redclayrambler or give a one-time donation through the Pay Pal portal at www.talesofaredclayrambler.com. Every dollar helps, and no donation is too small. Thanks for helping to keep this show on the air!

242: Linda Arbuckle's Terracotta Manifesto

Nov 14, 2018 01:03:18

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a lecture by noted potter and educator Linda Arbuckle on the merits of low fire terracotta. She delivered this talk as the keynote speech at the Red Handed Symposium, held in May of 2018 in Nashville, TN. In her lecture Linda talks about her introduction to terracotta at the Cleveland Art Institute, historic traditions who worked with low fire materials, and how to make a functionally sound low fire glaze. For more information on Linda visit www.lindaarbuckle.com.

 

I want to send a special thank you to the Studio Potter Journal for sponsoring this episode of the podcast. Since 1972, the Studio Potter non-profit organization has promoted the discussion of technology, criticism, aesthetics, and history within the ceramic’s community, through their semi-annual print and online journal. Many guests of this podcast have written for the journal and you can find those articles along with more information and more information about how to subscribe at www.studiopotter.org.

241: New Zealand Week: Richard Stratton on the importance of technical research on aesthetic development

Nov 3, 2018 57:11

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Richard Stratton. He uses late 19th century industrial ceramic techniques to make sculptural vessels that are steeped in the aesthetics of modernist architecture. In our interview we talk about how mud larking on the banks of the Thames reignited his interest in English industrial ceramics, the importance of research on aesthetic development, and selling ceramics in the NZ fine art market. For more information on Richard visit www.richard-stratton-ceramics.nz. This interview is part of a New Zealand series taped in April and May of 2018. I want to send a special thank you to the Ceramics Association of New Zealand for their support in making the series. To join the association, or to subscribe to their journal Ceramics New Zealand, visit www.ceramicsnz.org.

 

 

Hey Red Clay Rambler fans, I need your help to keep this show on the air. We need 5 new patrons to reach our monthly fundraising goal. Visit www.patreon.com/redclayrambler to pledge your support and become a sustaining member. We have a batch of rewards to offer including the new Vintage Radio shirt, handmade pots, posters and much more. Visit www.patreon.com/redclayrambler to sign up today.

240: New Zealand Week: Nicole Kolig on harvesting local ceramic materials for sculpture

Nov 2, 2018 53:13

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Nicole Kolig. Nicole’s studio and farm are nestled into the side of an extinct cinder cone volcano that rises above the surrounding Otago Peninsula outside of Dunedin, NZ. In our interview we talk about harvesting local ceramic materials for sculpture, the history of the Ceramic Association of New Zealand, and her time working with indigenous artists in the Kimberly region of Australia in the early 1970’s. This interview is part of a New Zealand series taped in April and May of 2018. I want to send a special thank you to the Ceramics Association of New Zealand for their support in making the series. To join the association, or to subscribe to their journal Ceramics New Zealand, visit www.ceramicsnz.org.

 

 

Hey Red Clay Rambler fans, I need your help to keep this show on the air. We need 5 new patrons to reach our monthly fundraising goal. Visit www.patreon.com/redclayrambler to pledge your support and become a sustaining member. We have a batch of rewards to offer including the new Vintage Radio shirt, handmade pots, posters and much more. Visit www.patreon.com/redclayrambler to sign up today.

239: New Zealand Week: Cheryl Lucas on creativity as a counterpoint to cultural trauma

Nov 1, 2018 49:50

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Cheryl Lucas. Throughout her ceramic career she has worked in many formats including functional pottery, sculptural installation and architectural work. In 2011 multiple earthquakes hit her home area of Christchurch, devastating the city and creating a turning point in Cheryl’s work. She has reacted to the destruction and subsequent rebuilding of the city with multiple bodies of work that deal with the events. In our interview we talk about making art as a way to make sense of tragedy, transitioning between technical and conceptual bodies of work, and helping to rebuild the city by making large scale chimney pots used on historic buildings. For more information on Cheryl’s work please visit her profile on the International Academy of Ceramics www.aic-iac.org/en/member/lilian-cheryl-lucas/.

 

  

This interview is part of a New Zealand series taped in April and May of 2018. I want to send a special thank you to the Ceramics Association of New Zealand for their support in making the series. To join the association, or to subscribe to their journal Ceramics New Zealand, visit www.ceramicsnz.org.

 

 

Hey Red Clay Rambler fans, I need your help to keep this show on the air. We need 5 new patrons to reach our monthly fundraising goal. Visit www.patreon.com/redclayrambler to pledge your support and become a sustaining member. We have a batch of rewards to offer including the new Vintage Radio shirt, handmade pots, posters and much more. Visit www.patreon.com/redclayrambler to sign up today.

238: New Zealand Week: Tatyanna Meharry and Gwen Parsons on NZ's distance Learning program

Oct 30, 2018 01:02:11

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Tatyanna Meharry and Gwen Parsons. A large part of our interview focuses on Otago Polytechnic's Diploma in Ceramic Arts program, which is a distance learning program with satellite campuses across New Zealand. Tatyanna is the head of the Christchurch satellite, where she facilitates a two-year program guiding students through the ceramic’s curriculum, and Gwen is currently a second-year student in the program. In the interview we also talk about the history of ceramic education in New Zealand, diversifying the income of a business, and rebuilding Christchurch after the 2011 earthquakes. For more information on Tatyanna and Gwen search Studio 380 on Facebook. For more information on the distance learning program visit www.ceramicsnz.org/Education/Education.cfm.

 

This interview is part of a New Zealand series taped in April and May of 2018. I want to send a special thank you to the Ceramics Association of New Zealand for their support in making the series. To join the association, or to subscribe to their journal Ceramics New Zealand, visit www.ceramicsnz.org.

 

Hey Red Clay Rambler fans, I need your help to keep this show on the air. We need 5 new patrons to reach our monthly fundraising goal. Visit www.patreon.com/redclayrambler to pledge your support and become a sustaining member. We have a batch of rewards to offer including the new Vintage Radio shirt, handmade pots, posters and much more. Visit www.patreon.com/redclayrambler to sign up today.

237: New Zealand Week: Chris Weaver on twenty-five years of exploring the teapot form

Oct 26, 2018 47:51

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Chris Weaver. After rediscovering his grandmother’s Iron, he started making teapots that referenced its angular form. This has led to twenty-five years of exploring the form through a variety of firing techniques and forming methods. In our interview we talk about incorporating wooden parts into his functional ceramics, keeping the teapot form fresh, and making tools to create specific marks in clay. For more information on Chris visit www.chrisweaver.co.nz.

 

This interview is part of a New Zealand series taped in April and May of 2018. I want to send a special thank you to the Ceramics Association of New Zealand for their support in making the series. To join the association, or to subscribe to their journal Ceramics New Zealand, visit www.ceramicsnz.org.

 

Hey Red Clay Rambler fans, I need your help to keep this show on the air. We need 10 new patrons to reach our monthly fundraising goal. Visit www.patreon.com/redclayrambler to pledge your support and become a sustaining member. We have a batch of rewards to offer including the new Vintage Radio shirt, handmade pots, posters and much more. Visit www.patreon.com/redclayrambler to sign up today.

236: New Zealand Week: Michael O’Donnell on the spiritual aspect of ecology

Oct 25, 2018 01:06:58

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Michael O’Donnell. A longtime resident of the Coromandel region, Michael is an environmental advocate that uses ceramic sculpture to tell the story of the local ecology. His role as clay worker, story teller and spiritual seeker has been spurred on in defiance of multinational mining corporations that are working in the region. In our interview we talk about the influence of Barry Brickell, creativity as an antidote to depression, and Maori spiritual beliefs about water. To see images of Michael’s studio and work search Tarariki Pottery on www.artzentao.co.nz.

 

This interview is part of a New Zealand series taped in April and May of 2018. I want to send a special thank you to the Ceramics Association of New Zealand for their support in making the series. To join the association, or to subscribe to their journal Ceramics New Zealand, visit www.ceramicsnz.org.

 

Hey Red Clay Rambler fans, I need your help to keep this show on the air. We need 10 new patrons to reach our monthly fundraising goal. Visit www.patreon.com/redclayrambler to pledge your support and become a sustaining member. We have a batch of rewards to offer including the new Vintage Radio shirt, handmade pots, posters and much more. Visit www.patreon.com/redclayrambler to sign up today.

235: New Zealand Week: Duncan Shearer on experimental kiln firings

Oct 24, 2018 59:35

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Duncan Shearer. His interest in atmospheric firing has led him to build kilns from nontraditional materials, such as wood blocks, telephone directories and ice. These performance firings captivate audiences and have informed the kilns he has built at his studio in Paeroa, NZ. In our interview we talk about firing as a communal activity, the geologic diversity of the Coromandel Range, and his interest in the Albarello form used in medieval Europe. For more information on Duncan visit www.duncanshearer.co.nz.

 

This interview is part of a New Zealand series taped in April and May of 2018. I want to send a special thank you to the Ceramics Association of New Zealand for their support in making the series. To join the association, or to subscribe to their journal Ceramics New Zealand, visit www.ceramicsnz.org.

  

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234: New Zealand Week: Greg Barron on building homemade ceramic equipment

Oct 23, 2018 48:47

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Greg Barron. In the 1970’s he started building his own ceramic processing equipment to make plastic clays for use in his studio. He applied this same ingenuity to build an energy efficient home and studio in Whangarei, NZ, that is made from compressed adobe and other ceramic materials. In our interview we talk about the effect deregulating ceramic imports had on New Zealand studio potters in the mid 1980’s, how his priorities have shifted over time, and his do-it-yourself philosophy for running a business. For more information on Greg visit www.glenberviepottery.com.

 

This interview is part of a series taped in New Zealand in April and May of 2018. I want to send a special thank you to the Ceramics Association of New Zealand for their support in making the series. To join the association, or to subscribe to their journal Ceramics New Zealand, visit www.ceramicsnz.org.

 

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233: Jack Troy, Carolanne Currier and Amy Burk on kiln design, creativity and the Strictly Functional Pottery National

Oct 10, 2018 01:16:43

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Jack Troy, Carolanne Currier and Amy Burk. We came together at the home studio of Jack and Carolanne to talk about their careers in ceramics. We had a wide-ranging discussion on wood kiln technology, the founding of the ceramic program at Juniata College, Jack’s passion for writing and the ceramic history of the region. We end our conversation talking about the Strictly Functional Pottery National, which Amy is a co-organizer, and Jack has been the juror three times. More information on Jack can be found at www.jacktroy.net. More information on Amy can be found at www.amyburkpottery.com. More information on Carolanne can be found on her Face Book pages. More information on the Strictly Functional Pottery National can be found at www.strictlyfunctionalpottery.net, where you can see this year’s exhibition and award winners.

 

I want to send a special thank you to the Studio Potter Journal for sponsoring this episode of the podcast. Since 1972, the Studio Potter non-profit organization has promoted the discussion of technology, criticism, aesthetics, and history within the ceramic’s community, through their semi-annual print and online journal. Many guests of this podcast have written for the journal and you can find those articles along with more information and more information about how to subscribe at www.studiopotter.org.

232: Cynthia Bringle on educating your audience about the value of handmade

Oct 5, 2018 56:27

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Cynthia Bringle. Since moving to Penland, NC in 1970 she has become a pillar of the art community, influencing many generations of artists and helping the Penland School of Craft to become a mecca for ceramics. In our interview we talk about educating your audience on the value of handmade, the evolution of studio pottery since the 1960’s and the growth of the Penland School. To see examples of her work, visit www.cynthiabringlepottery.com.

 

I want to send a special thank you to the Studio Potter Journal for sponsoring this episode of the podcast. Since 1972, the Studio Potter non-profit organization has promoted the discussion of technology, criticism, aesthetics, and history within the ceramics community, through their semi-annual print and online journal. Many guests of this podcast have written for the journal and you can find those articles along with more information and more information about how to subscribe at www.studiopotter.org.

231: Australia Week: King Houndekpinkou on the influence of animism and ritual on his sculpture

Sep 21, 2018 01:01:17

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with King Houndekpinkou. King is a Franco-Beninese artist, based in Paris, who makes sculptural vessels that are covered with rich amorphous surfaces created by layering slips and glazes. In 2016 he started the Terra Jumelles project matching pottery centers in Se, Benin with partners in Bizen, Japan. The sister city format aims to create cultural exchange between two regions with abundant historical and contemporary ceramic activity. In our interview we talk about the influence of video games, animism and rituals, and Japanese ceramic culture. To see examples of his work, or find out more about Terra Jumelles, visit www.kinghoundekpinkou.com.

 

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230: Australia Week: Keith Brymer Jones on upscaling production and the Great Pottery Throw Down

Sep 20, 2018 01:08:55

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Keith Brymer Jones. He started his career with an apprenticeship at Harefield Pottery in London, where he learned high production methods of producing hand made pottery. After learning the business, he started his own pottery selling through major retailers like Barney’s of New York and Heals of London. The Keith Brymer Jones brand has now expanded to include production centers in India and China, which help supply worldwide markets for commercial ceramics. In addition to his studio work Keith is an expert judge on the BBC’s Great Pottery Throw Down. In the interview we talk about his apprenticeship training, expanding his business by selling with major retailers, and starring on the BBC’s Great Pottery Throw Down. To see examples of Keith’s work, visit www.keithbrymerjones.com. To watch an episode of the Great Pottery Throwdown visit www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08d6897.

 

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229: Australia Week: Kelly Austin and Joey Burns on finding community and setting up a studio

Sep 19, 2018 58:57

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Kelly Austin and Joey Burns. Both are emerging artists that are establishing themselves in the Australian ceramic community. Austin is based in Hobart, Tasmania, where she teaches at TasTAFE and maintains an active studio practice. Burns splits time as the studio technician for the Ernabella Arts Center in Ernabella, South Australia and a studio artist in Gundaroo, New South Wales. In our interview we talk about their educational paths, working in indigenous communities and developing multiple bodies of work. For more information on Kelly visit www.kellyaustin.co. More information on Joey can be found at @sawpitstudios on Instagram.

 

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228: Australia Week: Owen Rye on the shifting landscape of Australian ceramic education

Sep 18, 2018 57:14

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Owen Rye. An elder statesman of the Australian ceramic community, Owen has made significant contributions through his research into wood firing and his time teaching at Monash University. Before starting his studio practice he spent ten years documenting the ceramic practices of Pakistani potters laying a foundation for a PHD focused on developing versatile porcelain bodies. In the interview we talk about his time in Pakistan, the need for ceramic history in today’s universities and the development of the woodfire community in Australia. You can see examples of Owen’s work and read his writings at www.owenrye.com.

 

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227: Australia Week: Glenn Barkley on his philosophy of curation and transition to full time making

Sep 17, 2018 01:29:05

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Glenn Barkley. He served as the head curator of the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia from 2008–14 and curator of the University of Wollongong Art Collection 1996–2007. During these years he developed a curatorial style that questioned art world hierarchies by showing artists outside the mainstream, focusing specifically on giving voice to marginalized populations. He is co-founder of Kil.n.it Experimental Ceramics Studio Glebe and Co-Director of The Curators Department an independent curatorial agency based in Sydney.

 

For the last four years Glenn has focused on his own ceramic practice making work that references popular music, gardening, and ceramic history. His vessels are covered with sprigs and obsessive mark-making that are highlighted with saturated pastel colors. In the interview we talk about his philosophy of curation, the role of ceramics in major Australian collections, and his current body of work. In June of 2018 he had a solo show at Sullivan Stumpf Gallery in Sydney. To find out more about that exhibition visit www.sullivanstrumpf.com/artists/glenn-barkley.

 

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226: Daniel Johnston on making traditional pots for contemporary installations

Sep 4, 2018 01:08:27

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Daniel Johnston. Based in Seagrove, NC, Daniel is an compelling mix between a traditionally trained potter and a contemporary artist who makes ceramic vessels to utilize their conceptual potential. He studied under NC pottery luminaries J.B. Cole and Mark Hewitt before traveling to Thailand to learn large vessel making. His recent work is installation-based and features numerous jars that are arranged within gallery spaces to modify the viewers perception of light and scale. In the interview we talk about learning to communicate verbally to combat dyslexia, studying big pot making in Thailand, and his One Hundred Pot project. To find more information on Daniel visit www.danieljohnstonpottery.com.

 

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225: Tip Toland on the empathetic potential of figure sculpture

Aug 21, 2018 53:51

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with figure sculptor Tip Toland. In the interview we talk about her 2014 Portland Art Museum exhibition, which featured Tanzanian children that are both revered and persecuted because they have Albinism. For the exhibition Toland created twelve larger than life size busts that show the complex emotional landscape of persecuted peoples. To see examples of the work, visit www.cfileonline.org/exhibition-tip-toland-enlarges-albinism. In the interview we also talk about the qualities that make a sculpture feel animate and the role hypnotherapy has played in Toland’s personal development. This interview was taped at the 2018 Clay Gulgong Festival in Gulgong, NSW, Australia. For more information on the festival visit www.mansfieldceramics.com.

 

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224: John Gill on dyslexia and creativity

Aug 16, 2018 53:54

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have the second of two interviews with John Gill. In this episode we continue with a conversation about the lineage of teachers at Alfred and discuss how John’s dyslexia has influenced his creative problem solving. John is one of the truly unique thinkers and educators in American ceramics. Gill started teaching at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred in the mid 1980’s and has helped shape a generation of ceramic artists pushing the boundaries of the field. He is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics and in 2014 became a Fellow of the American Crafts Council. His work is represented in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, New York; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Newark Museum, New Jersey and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California. To see examples of his work, visit www.harveymeadows.com.

 

 

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223: John Gill on teaching

Aug 14, 2018 51:57

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have the first of two interviews with John Gill. John is one of the truly unique thinkers and educators in American ceramics. Gill started teaching at the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred in the mid 1980’s and has helped shape a generation of ceramic artists pushing the boundaries of the field. He is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics and in 2014 became a Fellow of the American Crafts Council. His work is represented in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, New York; the Victoria and Albert Museum, London; Newark Museum, New Jersey and the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, California. In our interview we talk about his teaching philosophy, developing a personal sense of touch and becoming a “visual journalist”. To see examples of his work, visit www.harveymeadows.com.

 

 

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222: Morean Center for Clay resident artists talk about creativity and community in St. Petersburg

Jul 13, 2018 52:07

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a panel discussion with Tucker Claxton, Bridget Fairbank, Emmett Freeman, Amanda Bury, and Colby Charpentier. The group are current resident artists at the Morean Center for Clay in St. Petersburg, FL. Our discussion covers a wide range of topics including their research interests and making it work in St. Petersburg. More information on the artists can be found on their websites. (Click their name to visit - Colby Charpentier, Amanda Bury, Bridget Fairbank, Emmett Freeman, Tucker Claxton. Not included in the interview Jacob Meer.)

 

This episode of the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler is sponsored by National Clay Week Open Studios, a nationwide event that celebrates clay, community, and creativity. October 12-14 artists across the U.S. are invited to open their doors for demonstrations, lectures, and exhibitions. For more information on how you can join visit www.nationalclayweek.org/openstudio. Join us for a celebration of the ceramic arts!

221: Jan Richardson talks about scaling up production to build her business

Jul 12, 2018 50:08

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Jan Richardson. From 1977 to 2006 she ran Windy Meadows Pottery specializing in collectible ceramic homes. The business started as a creative way to supplement her family’s income, but quickly grew into a business with 50 employees and a loyal collector base. In the interview we talk about keeping a production line fresh through yearly change, upscaling a small business through a distributed labor force, and knowing when to downscale after a boom. To see examples of her work visit www.windymeadowspottery.com.

 

This episode of the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler is sponsored by National Clay Week Open Studios, a nationwide event that celebrates clay, community, and creativity. October 12-14 artists across the U.S. are invited to open their doors for demonstrations, lectures, and exhibitions. For more information on how you can join visit www.nationalclayweek.org/openstudio. Join us for a celebration of the ceramic arts!

220: Tracy Gamble on how a career in acting prepared her to be better teacher

Jul 11, 2018 50:10

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Tracy Gamble. After a long career as an actor and then librarian, Gamble now focuses on ceramics full time in her role as studio potter for the American Art Clay Company. When not working in her Plainville, IN studio she teaches workshops on glazing techniques at art centers and conferences. In the interview we talk about the value of repetition in learning, working for Amaco, and how to work a trade show without losing your mind. For more information click here to read a Ceramics Monthly Studio Visit featuring Tracey and her husband David Gamble.

 

This episode of the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler is sponsored by National Clay Week Open Studios, a nationwide event that celebrates clay, community and creativity. October 12-14 artists across the US are invited to open their doors for demonstrations, lectures, and exhibitions. For more information on how you can join visit www.nationalclayweek.org/openstudio. Join us for a celebration of the ceramic arts!

219: Jerilyn Virden and Lindsay Rogers talk shop and Arrowmont Pentaculum wrap up

Jun 28, 2018 01:03:20

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Jerilyn Virden and Lindsay Rogers. Virden makes dynamic sculptural vessels by bending slabs into shapes that look as if they have been eroded from canyon walls. Rogers uses local clays from the Appalachian region to create functional tableware with sharply contrasting white and black areas of geometric decoration. In the interview we talk about their time working together in Jerilyn’s studio in western North Carolina, developing successful methods for displaying ceramic art, and Roger's position as coordinator of the clay studio for the annual Arrowmont Pentaculum. To find out more about Jerilyn Virden visit www.borealisstudios.com. To find out more about Lindsay Rogers visit www.lindsayrogersceramics.com.

 

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218: Jeweler Sarah Rachel Brown on her podcast Perceived Value

Jun 18, 2018 58:07

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Sarah Rachel Brown. She is a jeweler and podcast host of the show Perceived Value. In our interview we talk about the benefits of the Penland School of Craft’s Core Fellowship, the concept behind her podcast, and why it’s important to demystify the financial and social realities of working artists. To see examples of her jewelry visit www.sarahrachelbrown.com. To find out more about her podcast visit www.perceivedvaluepodcast.com.

 

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217: Brenda Quinn and Mike Gesiakowski on teaching in private secondary education

Jun 11, 2018 01:02:28

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Brenda Quinn and Mike Gesiakowski. Both are ceramic artists who maintain an active studio practice while teaching in private schools. In our interview we talk about the progressive school model, addressing privilege and class through education, and effective art education for teenagers. To find out more about Brenda visit www.brendaquinn.com. To find out more about Mike visit www.MGclay.com.

 

I want to send a special thank you to the Studio Potter Journal for sponsoring this episode of the podcast. Since 1972, the Studio Potter non-profit organization has promoted the discussion of technology, criticism, aesthetics, and history within the ceramics community, through their semi-annual print and online journal. Many guests of this podcast have written for the journal and you can find those articles along with more information and more information about how to subscribe at www.studiopotter.org.

216: Steven Cheek on making vessels for the bourbon culture of Kentucky

Jun 3, 2018 57:28

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Steven Cheek. His carved porcelain pots are covered with landscapes, skulls and other imagery that addresses the environment, politics and social change. In our interview we talk about learning to be self-motivated early in his career, making serving vessels for the bourbon culture of Kentucky, and making political work that is both accessible and meaningful. He currently lives in Louisville, KY where he is the Director/Artist in Residence at the Mary Anderson Center for the Arts and a lecturer at the University of Louisville. To see examples of his work visit www.stevengcheek.com. Cheek is also one of the organizers of the Southern Crossings Pottery Festival. To find out more about the festival visit https://www.sxpf.org.

 

I want to send a special thank you to the Studio Potter Journal for sponsoring this episode of the podcast. Since 1972, the Studio Potter non-profit organization has promoted the discussion of technology, criticism, aesthetics, and history within the ceramics community, through their semi-annual print and online journal. Many guests of this podcast have written for the journal and you can find those articles along with more information and more information about how to subscribe at www.studiopotter.org.

215: Melissa Weiss on making pottery in a political era

Apr 26, 2018 01:02:27

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Melissa Weiss. She mixes native Arkansas clay with commercial clays to create rich earth-toned pots in her Asheville, NC studio. The combination of the iron baring raw material and her immediate building style leave her geometric patterned pots appearing both antique and contemporary. In the interview we talk about selling on the show circuit, dealing with Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, and making pottery in a political era. She is the owner and manager of South Side Studios, which hosts over 20 ceramic artists in Asheville. To see examples of her work visit www.melissaweisspottery.com.

 

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214: Mark Errol on the growth of Plough Gallery

Apr 13, 2018 57:55

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Mark Errol. Based in Tifton, GA, Mark wears many hats in the clay world. He is a functional potter, gallery owner and professor at Valdosta State University. In our interview we talk about the founding of Plough Gallery, creating a safe space for students to experience failure and growth in the class room, and developing a vocabulary of domestic motifs within his current body of work. To see examples of his work please visit www.marksmud.com or www.ploughgallery.com.  

 

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213: Figure sculptor Andrea Keys Connell on unpacking family history through making

Apr 6, 2018 01:11:15

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Andrea Keys Connell. Connell uses figurative sculpture to address cultural archetypes and relationship dynamics. In the interview we talk about unpacking family history through making, sharpening intuition and changing her teaching style to match student needs. Connell is a professor of ceramics at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC. To see examples of her work visit www.andreakeys.com.

 

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212: Pentaculum Writers Night Vol. 3 with Vivian, Schultz, and Ballingrud

Mar 9, 2018 36:48

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have live readings from this year’s writers-in-residence at the 2018 Arrowmont Pentaculum. Robert Vivian, Katey Schultz, and Nathan Ballingrud read selections from their essay, short story and poetry collections. This episode is part three of a three-part series taped live at Arromwmont’s Pentaculum writer’s nights.

 

Robert Vivian teaches at Alma College and in the low-residency MFA program at the Vermont College Of Fine Arts. His plays have been produced in New York City, and his poems, essays, and stories have appeared in many literary journals including Georgia Review, Harper’s, Ecotone, and Creative Nonfiction. www.robertvivian.org. Katey Schultz grew up in Portland, Oregon, and is most recently from Celo, North Carolina. She is a graduate of the Pacific University MFA in Writing Program and recipient of the Linda Flowers Literary Award from the North Carolina Humanities Council. www.kateyschultz.com. Nathan Ballingrud was born in Massachusetts but has spent most of his life in the South. He's worked as a bartender in New Orleans and a cook on offshore oil rigs. His story "The Monsters of Heaven" won the inaugural Shirley Jackson Award. He lives in Asheville, NC, with his daughter. www.nathanballingrud.com.

 

This episode of the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler is sponsored by Sonoma Ceramics at the Sonoma Community Center, one of the North Bay’s leading ceramics studios, offering clay experiences for all ages, levels, and financial means. The center is honored to host a dynamic two-day workshop March 30th and 31st with potter and tea master Shin Young Taek and contemporary Raku artist Kim Young Soo. The two will be demonstrating their innovative techniques for making teapots, building large scale forms from slabs and atmospheric firing. For more information or to sign up for the workshop visit www.SonomaCeramics.com.

211: Pentaculum Writers Night Vol. 2 with Gilman, Baum, Fitzpatrick and Clitheroe

Mar 8, 2018 01:06:45

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have live readings from this year’s writers-in-residence at the 2018 Arrowmont Pentaculum. Sarah Gilman, Suzi Banks Baum, Kelli Fitzpatrick, and Heather Clitheroe read selections from their essay, short story and poetry collections. This episode is part two of a three-part series taped live at Arromwmont’s Pentaculum writer’s nights.

 

Sarah Gilman is a Portland, Oregon-based freelance writer and editor who covers the environment, science and the arts. She is a contributing editor at High Country News and her work has appeared in National Geographic, Audubon, Smithsonian, and The Guardian. www.sarahmgilman.com. Suzi Banks Baum is a writer, artist, actress, teacher, community organizer, and mom. With roots in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, she lives in the Berkshires of western Massachusetts. Suzi inspires women to live from the space of creative spirit through her workshops steeped in book arts, ritual, and writing. Her work can be found in Easy Street Magazine, Literary Mama, Rebelle Society and Mothers Always Write. www.suzibanksbaum.com. Kelli Fitzpatrick is a science fiction author, high school English teacher, and community activist from Beaverton, Michigan. Her short story “The Sunwalkers” was selected as a winner of the Star Trek Strange New Worlds writing contest sponsored by CBS Consumer Products, and is published in the Strange New Worlds 2016 anthology from Simon and Schuster. www.kellifitzpatrick.com. Heather Clitheroe is a Calgary, Alberta based science fiction author whose work has appeared in Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Kaleidotrope, and in Lightspeed's Women Destroy SF special issue. She is a past participant of the Banff Centre for the Arts' writing residency program and the Leighton Artists' Colony. www.lectio.ca.

 

This episode of the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler is sponsored by Sonoma Ceramics at the Sonoma Community Center, one of the North Bay’s leading ceramics studios, offering clay experiences for all ages, levels, and financial means. The center is honored to host a dynamic two-day workshop March 30th and 31st with potter and tea master Shin Young Taek and contemporary Raku artist Kim Young Soo. The two will be demonstrating their innovative techniques for making teapots, building large scale forms from slabs and atmospheric firing. For more information or to sign up for the workshop visit www.SonomaCeramics.com.

210: Pentaculum Writers Night Vol. 1 with Abeyta, Johnston and Oomen

Mar 7, 2018 47:36

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have live readings from this year’s writers-in-residence at the 2018 Arrowmont Pentaculum. Aaron Abeyta, Richard Johnston and Anne-Marie Oomen read selections from their essay, short story and poetry collections. This episode is part one of a three-part series taped live at Arromwmont’s Pentaculum writer’s nights.

 

Aaron A. Abeyta is a Colorado native and a professor of English at Adams State University. He has authored four collections of poetry and one novel. His book, Colcha, received an American Book Award and the Colorado Book Award. For more information visit www.aaronabeytapoet.com. Richard Johnston is Assistant Professor of English at the United States Air Force Academy. His primary interests are Romantic literature, literature and science, literature and religion, poetry, and drama. He lives in Colorado Springs, CO. Anne-Marie Oomen is author of the memoir Love, Sex and 4-H, (winner, Next Generation Indie Award for memoir); Pulling Down the Barn, and House of Fields, An American Map. She serves as instructor at the Solstice MFA in Creative Writing at Pine Manor College, MA and Interlochen College of Creative Arts. She lives near Empire, Michigan. For more information please visit www.anne-marieoomen.com.

 

Today’s episode of the Red Clay Rambler Podcast is sponsored by Growlerfest. This special NCECA event connects artists to the craft beer movement, by showcasing the ties between local food, craft beer, and ceramics. This year in Pittsburgh GrowlerFest is partnering with the Brew House Association for an exhibition of hand-made growlers March 2nd- 29th. There will be a public reception & beer mixer in the Brew House Gallery Friday, March 16th from 6-10pm. VIP SpeakEasy Pass tickets are available that evening, which include a select draft pour & finger food, a special tour of "The SpeakEasy Loft", access to "The Distillery" resident artist studios, & a chance to win a one-of-a-kind Growler from Bradley Klem! For more information visit brewhousearts.org/gallery.

209: Live spoken word performance by Kane Smego

Mar 3, 2018 24:02

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a live spoken word performance by Kane Smego. In this dynamic performance he reckons with race, class and social expectation. This performance was recorded at the 2018 Pentaculum at Arrowmont where Smego was a writer-in-residence. To hear our full length interview listen to episode 208 of the podcast. For more information visit www.kanesmego.com.

 

This episode of Tales of a Red Clay Rambler is sponsored by Sonoma Ceramics, one of the North Bay’s leading ceramics studios, offering clay experiences for all ages, levels, and financial means. The center is honored to host a dynamic two-day workshop March 30th and 31st with potter and tea master Shin Young Taek and contemporary Raku artist Kim Young Soo. The two will be demonstrating their innovative techniques for making teapots, building large scale forms from slabs and atmospheric firing. For more information or to sign up for the workshop visit www.SonomaCeramics.com.

208: Spoken word artist and rapper Kane Smego

Mar 3, 2018 57:49

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Kane Smego. We met at the 2018 Arrowmont Pentaculum where he was a writer-in-residence working on a forthcoming one-man show titled Temples of Lung and Air. Smego is a spoken word and hip-hop artist, a National Poetry Slam finalist, and co-founder of the youth arts nonprofit Sacrificial Poets. In our interview we talk about poetry slams, his time teaching with Next Level – a diplomacy program administered by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Cultural Affairs, and the development of his one man show Temples of Lung and Air. For more information visit www.kanesmego.com. To hear Smego’s spoken word performance at Arrowmont listen to episode 209 of the podcast.

 

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by Cherrico Pottery. Cherrico is teaming up with the American Craft Council to give out the 2018 Emerging Pottery Business Awards. Artists whose work and business embodies talent, passion, and a focus on promoting diversity and equity in the field will be considered for three $500 awards. The deadline to apply is March 30, 2018. For more information visit www.cherricopottery.com/awards.

207: Live storytelling from the Michigan Mud conference

Feb 19, 2018 27:57

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a special live episode taped at the Michigan Mud Clay Conference. This week’s storytellers talk about how working with ceramics has given their lives purpose and meaning. Don’t miss this special recording taped live at Albion College in Albion, MI. For more information on the Michigan Mud conference visit www.michclay.com.

 

This episode of Tales of a Red Clay Rambler is sponsored by Sonoma Ceramics, one of the North Bay’s leading ceramics studios, offering clay experiences for all ages, levels, and financial means. The center is honored to host a dynamic two-day workshop March 30th and 31st with potter and tea master Shin Young Taek and contemporary Raku artist Kim Young Soo. The two will be demonstrating their innovative techniques for making teapots, building large scale forms from slabs and atmospheric firing. For more information or to sign up for the workshop visit www.SonomaCeramics.com.

206: Green entrepreneurship with potter and farmer Dawn Soltysiak

Feb 7, 2018 53:35

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Dawn Soltysiak. Among her many areas of entrepreneurship, Dawn runs a farm, two galleries and a café in the Fennville, MI area. The goals of each businesses converge on teaching visitors to value hand made goods and local sourced food. In addition, her farm and studio are run on green energy harvested from solar and geothermal power. In our interview we talk about the tools she learned from being a realtor, balancing multiple businesses while being a full-time potter, and methods for using green energy to power your studio. For more on the gallery visit www.fernwood1891.com or the restaurant www.rootfennville.com.

 

This episode of Tales of a Red Clay Rambler is sponsored by Sonoma Ceramics, one of the North Bay’s leading ceramics studios, offering clay experiences for all ages, levels, and financial means. The center is honored to host a dynamic two day workshop  March 30th and 31st with potter and tea master Shin Young Taek and contemporary Raku artist Kim Young Soo. The two will be demonstrating their innovative techniques for making teapots, building large scale forms from slabs and atmospheric firing. For more information or to sign up for the workshop visit www.SonomaCeramics.com.

205: Ken Shenstone and his 1000 cubic foot Albion Anagama

Jan 25, 2018 56:37

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Ken Shenstone. A skilled potter and wood worker, Shenstone fires one of the largest Anagama kilns in the United States. His one thousand cubic foot kiln is fired once a year for ten days in addition to a smaller catenary arch kiln that is fired about every six weeks. To facilitate the labor of cutting wood, firing the kiln and maintaining his property Ken has encouraged a community of young potters and wood fire enthusiasts to develop around his Albion, Michigan studio. In our interview, we talk about kiln innovations that came from industrial steel furnace designs, the making and firing cycles of large scale kilns and learning organizational principles from the Grateful Dead. To see examples of Shenstone’s work and kilns please visit www.kenshenstone.com.

 

Hey Red Clay Rambler fans, I need your help to keep this show on the air. We need 25 new patrons to reach our monthly fundraising goal. Visit www.patreon.com/redclayrambler to pledge your support and become a sustaining member. We have a batch of rewards to offer including the new Vintage Radio shirt, handmade pots, posters and much more. Visit www.patreon.com/redclayrambler to sign up today.

204: The history and unique mission of Pewabic Pottery

Jan 19, 2018 53:13

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a panel discussion on the history and mission of Pewabic Pottery with Steve McBride, Annie Dennis, and Alex Thullen. The pottery was started in 1903 by Mary Chase Perry Stratton in Detroit, MI. Over the years Pewabic has expanded to include a tile works, educational center, gallery and ceramic outreach program for the greater Detroit area. In the interview, we talk about the legacy of Stratton, the growth of Pewabic’s mission and how they meet the artistic needs of their local community. For more information please visit www.pewabic.org.

 

Hey Red Clay Rambler fans, I need your help to keep this show on the air. We need 25 new patrons to reach our monthly fundraising goal. Visit www.patreon.com/redclayrambler to pledge your support and become a sustaining member. We have a batch of rewards to offer including the new Vintage Radio shirt, handmade pots, posters and much more. Visit www.patreon.com/redclayrambler to sign up today.

203: Deep dive on selling pots with the Schaller Gallery. Special guest Sunshine Cobb on her new book Mastering Hand Building.

Jan 11, 2018 01:14:13

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a double interview featuring Sunshine Cobb and Anthony Schaller/Brittany Stecker Mason. In the first segment, I talk with Sunshine about her new book Mastering Hand Building. The book features practical techniques for hand building objects in clay, as well as, artists interviews and a section on finding your voice through making. To find out more visit www.sunshinecobb.com/book.

 

In the second segment, I talk with gallery directors Anthony Schaller and Brittany Stecker Mason. They run the Schaller Gallery located in St. Joseph, MI. The gallery carries contemporary ceramics with a focus on functional pots for daily use. Their roster of artists includes a selection of the best potters working today including Matt Metz, Julia Galloway, Randy Johnston and many more. In our interview, we talk about building a collector base, pricing work, and planning for the future. To see the exhibitions that are currently on display in the gallery visit www.schallergallery.com.

 

Hey Red Clay Rambler fans, I need your help to keep this show on the air. We need 25 new patrons to reach our monthly fundraising goal. Visit www.patreon.com/redclayrambler to pledge your support and become a sustaining member. We have a batch of rewards to offer including the new Vintage Radio shirt, handmade pots, posters and much more. Visit www.patreon.com/redclayrambler to sign up today.

202: Clay, Community, and Faith among Goshen’s Mennonite Potters

Dec 24, 2017 58:34

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with four ceramic artists that live in the Goshen, IN area; Justin Rothshank, Dick Lehman, Marvin Bartel, and Mark Goertzen. They share an educational lineage that starts with Marvin Bartel, who started teaching at Goshen College in 1970. Lehman and Rothshank were students of Bartel’s decades apart, but both talk fondly of his experimental teaching techniques. Goertzen worked for Lehman for many years in his studio before later purchasing the business at the Old Bag Factory in Goshen.

 

In our interview, we talk about the influence of the Mennonite faith on their work ethic, the development of a ceramics community in Goshen, and the founding of the Michiana Pottery Tour. To find out more about Justin visit www.rothshank.com. For more on Dick visit www.dicklehman.com. For more on Marvin visit www.bartelart.com. For more on Mark visit www.goertzenpottery.com. To find out more about the Michiana Pottery Tour, which happens in September of every year visit www.michianapotterytour.com.

 

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201: Bill Kremer and Zach Tate on the history of Notre Dame University Ceramics

Dec 15, 2017 01:03:49

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Bill Kremer and Zach Tate. Kremer has been the professor of ceramics at Notre Dame since 1973 helping to develop the undergraduate and graduate programs at Notre Dame. Tate came on as Ceramic Research Associate/Visiting Professor in 2014 and shares teaching and administrative duties. In our interview, we talk about the history of Notre Dame summer school, which hosted many of the nation’s premier ceramic artists of the 1970’s, Kremer’s teaching philosophy and the development of the MFA program at Notre Dame. For more information on Bill Kremer and Notre Dame ceramics visit artdept.nd.edu. For more information on Zach Tate visit www.zachtateceramics.com.

 

 

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200: Justin Rothshank on running a successful online business from a rural location

Dec 9, 2017 01:04:10

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Justin Rothshank. Justin applies floral patterned custom laser, luster and commercial decals over wood fired functional pottery forms to create a unique depth of surface. In addition to that body of work he produces politically themed tableware that features portraits of past presidents and historic figures. In our interview, we talk about his role in cofounding the Union Project in Pittsburgh, PA, his Mennonite faith as it applies to social responsibility, and the growth of his online business from his home base in rural Indiana. To find out more about Justin visit www.rothshank.com. Justin is also a founding member of the Michiana Pottery Tour, which happens in September of every year. Visit www.michianapotterytour.com for more info.

 

Hey Red Clay Rambler fans, I need your help. We need 25 new patrons to reach our December fundraising goal. Visit patreon.com/redclayrambler to pledge your support and become a sustaining member. We have a batch of rewards to offer including the new Vintage Radio shirt, handmade pots, posters and much more. Visit patreon.com/redclayrambler to sign up today.

 

I want to send a special thank you to Joel Cherrico Pottery for sponsoring the podcast through our Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Patreon fundraiser. Joel Cherrico's art is currently on display at the American Craft Council Headquarters in Minneapolis. You can view his art in person by visiting the American Craft Council and their public craft library, or by visiting his website cherricopottery.com/acc.

199: Miniaturist Brooke Rothshank on her small-scale watercolor painting

Dec 7, 2017 44:43

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Brooke Rothshank. Her vibrant watercolor compositions of people, objects, and scenery are rendered as small as a 1-by-1 inch scale. The expert skill of her paintings draws you into the subject matter creating a precious emotional quality that her patrons seek in the portraits she paints of their loved ones. In our interview, we talk about transitioning to miniature painting, her Painting-a-Day and Gratitude projects, and the system of commissions that she has created to help maintain her work/life balance. To find out more about Brooke visit www.rothshank.com.

 

Hey Red Clay Rambler fans, I need your help. We need 25 new patrons to reach our December fundraising goal. Visit patreon.com/redclayrambler to pledge your support and become a sustaining member. We have a batch of rewards to offer including the new Vintage Radio shirt, handmade pots, posters and much more. Visit patreon.com/redclayrambler to sign up today.

 

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by AMACO, your one-stop-shop for all your ceramic needs. To find out more visit www.AMACO.com.

198: Jeff Chown on advances in fiber kiln technology

Nov 25, 2017 01:05:22

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Jeff Chown. He shares the dual role of North American representative for Blaauw Kilns and teacher of material science at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. In our interview, we talk about advances in fiber kiln technology and trends among millennial ceramic entrepreneurs. To find out more about Blaauw Kilns visit www.blaauwkilns.com. This interview was recorded at Fire Clay Tile in Aromas, CA. For more information on Fire Clay Tile visit www.fireclaytile.com.

 

Hey Red Clay Rambler fans, I need your help. We are in the midst of our fall membership drive and need 77 new patrons to reach our December 1st goal. Visit patreon.com/redclayrambler to pledge your support and become a sustaining member. We have a batch of rewards to offer including the new Vintage Radio shirt, handmade pots, posters and much more. Visit patreon.com/redclayrambler to sign up today.

197: Gail Kendall and the ASPN residency

Nov 17, 2017 43:05

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Gail Kendall, Raven Halfmoon, Brant Weiland, and Jared Peterson. The group are linked through the Advanced Student Project Network at Red Lodge Clay Center. Each year five emerging artists are chosen for a three-week residency that is guided by an established mentor in the ceramic field. Kendall was this year’s mentor working with Weiland and Peterson. Halfmoon participated in the ASPN residency three years ago before returning as a long-term artist-in-residence. In the interview, we talk about setting goals after school, adjusting to the increased talent level at a major art institution and the characteristics that make for a healthy community studio. For more information on the program visit www.redlodgeclaycenter.com.

 

This episode of the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast is sponsored by “To Contain and To Serve.” This multimedia exhibition features the work of ceramic artist Forrest Middelton and Calligrapher Arash Shirinbab. The two award-winning artists have been collaborating for the past 2 years to explore the interplay of hospitality, morality and justice in contemporary cultural landscapes. The resulting series of calligraphy-inscribed ceramics draw from varied aesthetic influences including the Persian ‘Nishapur’ tradition and the writings of Syrian refugees on Twitter. The exhibition is held at the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California, in Oakland and runs from October 28 to November 24. For more information please visit www.containandserve.com.

196: Behind the scenes at Red Clay Rambler central

Nov 15, 2017 31:01

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a behind-the-scenes look at how the podcast gets made. My wife Melissa Brzycki steps into the interviewer role to ask me about the evolution of the show and my favorite interview moments. This minisode is released in conjunction with the launch of my Patreon fundraiser, which allows you to help with the production of the show in exchange for access to patron-only perks including podcast swag and exclusive recordings. To become a patron, visit www.patreon.com/redclayrambler.  

 

I am so honored that you all have made the Red Clay Rambler a part of your studio practice, commute, home life, or wherever you listen to podcasts. Thank you for your support! We've built a great community, and I look forward to sharing many more exciting, thought-provoking episodes with you all.

195: Matt Fiske on making glaze from hand collected raw materials

Nov 8, 2017 01:00:58

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Matt Fiske. His sleek pottery forms are glazed with raw materials he collects during hiking expeditions. With a family history in mining, Fiske has developed a process of acquiring and processing parent rocks into raw glaze materials. In our interview, we talk about his geology-heavy ceramic practice, developing a playful spirit with empirical testing, and determining the price for objects that require excessive labor. To see examples of his work please visit www.mattfiske.com. To read more about his research visit his blog at www.mattfiske.wordpress.com.

 

This episode of the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast is sponsored by “To Contain and To Serve.” This multimedia exhibition features the work of ceramic artist Forrest Middelton and Calligrapher Arash Shirinbab. The two award-winning artists have been collaborating for the past 2 years to explore the interplay of hospitality, morality and justice in contemporary cultural landscapes. The resulting series of calligraphy-inscribed ceramics draw from varied aesthetic influences including the Persian ‘Nishapur’ tradition and the writings of Syrian refugees on Twitter. The exhibition is held at the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California, in Oakland and runs from October 28 to November 24. For more information please visit www.containandserve.com.

194: Maggy Rozycki Hiltner on using found embroidery to challenge social norms

Nov 1, 2017 01:03:26

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Maggy Rozycki Hiltner. Her most recent exhibition, What Lies Beneath, features large scale quilted fabric pieces made from found embroidery. The body of work uses skeletons, devils and other characters to question social norms about gender, class and death. In our interview, we talk about her interest in found embroidery, how she develops a character within the narrative of an exhibition and how her family history with religion and the occult has affected her aesthetic. To find out more visit www.maggyrhiltner.com.

 

This episode of the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast is sponsored by To Contain and To Serve. This multimedia exhibition features the work of ceramic artist Forrest Middelton and Calligrapher Arash Shirinbab. The two award-winning artists have been collaborating for the past 2 years to explore the interplay of hospitality, morality and justice in contemporary cultural landscapes. The resulting series of calligraphy-inscribed ceramics draw from varied aesthetic influences including the Persian ‘Nishapur’ tradition and the writings of Syrian refugees on Twitter. The exhibition is held at the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California, in Oakland and runs from October 28 to November 24. For more information please visit www.containandserve.com.

193: Forrest Middelton, Arash Shirinbab, and Raeshma Razvi on the spiritual nature of creativity

Oct 26, 2017 32:18

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Forrest Middelton, Arash Shirinbab, and Raeshma Razvi. Middelton, a ceramic artist, and Shirinbab, a calligrapher, have been working for the past two years towards an exhibition titled “To Contain and To Serve.” Their dialogue centers on the interplay of hospitality, morality and justice in contemporary cultural and media landscapes. The objects produced during the collaboration are calligraphy-inscribed ceramic tableware and tile inspired by the Persian ‘Nishapur’ tradition. Documentary filmmaker Razvi has been shooting the collaboration for future use in a film. In the episode, the artists use the question “Is creativity inherently spiritual?” as a jumping off point to discuss the introspective nature of craft and how cross-cultural exchange can provide a solution for political discord.

 

An opening reception for “To Contain and To Serve” will take place Saturday October 28th from 4-6pm at the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California in Oakland, CA. To find out more about the event visit ICCNC.org or www.containandserve.com. For more information about Forrest Middelton please visit www.flmceramics.com. For more information about Arash Shirinbab please visit www.arash-shirinbab.com. For more information about Raeshma Razvi please visit www.vimeo.com/RaeshmaRazvi.

192: Brian Harper on building sculpture and community. Special guest Carole Epp on The Crafted Dish.

Oct 5, 2017 01:18:40

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a double interview featuring Brian Harper and Carole Epp. In the first segment, I talk with Carole about her work on the book The Crafted Dish. The cook book combines photographs of pottery in use with recipes of the featured artists’ favorite foods to celebrate using handmade in daily life. Sixty-Four Canadian artists are included in the publication, whose release on October 9th coincides with the second annual National Clay Week. To find out more visit www.thecrafteddish.com or www.nationalclayweek.org.

 

In the second segment, I talk with sculptor Brian Harper. He creates complex architectural forms by joining thousands of premade modular ceramic units. The scaffold-like forms are built around commercial ceramic objects that represent the uniform predictability of high-volume, low-cost manufacturing. In the interview, we talk about the concept behind his sculptures, the easing of his political anxieties though creativity, and the mission of Art Axis, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that Brian founded to promote the professional pursuits of artists in the field of ceramics. Brian is an Associate Professor of Fine Art and the head of the Ceramics Program at Indiana University Southeast, and is the Executive Director of Artaxis.org. To find out more about his work visit www.brianharperstudio.com.

 

This episode of the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler is sponsored by National Clay Week Open Studios, a nationwide event that celebrates clay, community and creativity. October 13-15 artists across the U.S. are invited to open their doors to the public for demonstrations, lectures, and exhibitions. Join us for a celebration of the ceramic arts! For more information on how you can join the event visit www.nationalclayweek.org/openstudio.

191: Sue Tirrell on developing narrative imagery on clay

Sep 16, 2017 01:01:35

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Sue Tirrell. Her functional pots feature animal and landscape imagery created with underglaze and sgraffito drawing.  She uses a recurring cast of barn yard animals to create simple narratives that speak to the humor and complexity of human relationships. For more information on her work please visit www.suetirrellceramics.com.

 

This episode of the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler is sponsored by National Clay Week Open Studios, a nationwide event that celebrates clay, community and creativity. October 13-15 artists across the US are invited to open their doors to the public for demonstrations, lectures, and exhibitions. Join us for a celebration of the ceramic arts! For more information on how you can join the event visit www.nationalclayweek.org/openstudio.

190: Learning to wood fire at Simon Levin's Mill Creek Pottery

Aug 29, 2017 49:35

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a panel discussion with Liz Myers, Kaden Meyrs, Krista Botsford, Paul Stokstad, Trever Foss, and Carter Pasma. The group of potters participated in a two-week wood firing workshop with Simon Levin at his Mill Creek Pottery in Gresham, WI. In the interview, we talk about collaborative learning and the multi-day process of loading/firing an Anagama kiln. For more information on wood firing workshops at Mill Creek Pottery please visit www.simonlevin.com.

 

This episode of the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler is sponsored by National Clay Week Open Studios, a nationwide event that celebrates clay, community and creativity. October 13-15 artists across the US are invited to open their doors to the public for demonstrations, lectures, and exhibitions. Join us for a celebration of the ceramic arts! For more information on how you can join the event visit www.nationalclayweek.org/openstudio.

189: Jacob Meer and Ian Connors on their apprenticeship experience

Aug 25, 2017 42:16

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Jacob Meer and Ian Connors. The two are connected through apprenticeship training with Simon Levin and specialize in wood firing. In the interview, we talk about the value of an apprenticeship, living in rural Wisconsin and learning to fire wood kilns.  You can see examples of their work at www.jacobmeer.com and www.ianconnors.com. Simon Levin has helped educate seventeen potters at his Mill Creek Pottery in Gresham, WI. For more information on the apprenticeship visit www.simonlevin.com.

 

This episode of the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler is sponsored by National Clay Week Open Studios, a nationwide event that celebrates clay, community and creativity. October 13-15 artists across the US are invited to open their doors to the public for demonstrations, lectures, and exhibitions. Join us for a celebration of the ceramic arts! For more information on how you can join the event visit www.nationalclayweek.org/openstudio.

188: Simon Levin on understanding the dynamics of wood firing

Aug 11, 2017 01:11:24

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Simon Levin. His interest in wood firing has led to over 20 years of active research into Anagama, Cross draft and Train style kilns. He uses the turbulent flame path inside these kilns to create rich surfaces on his ceramic vessels. In our interview, we talk about learning to harness the complex variables of wood firing, defining mastery within the ceramic process, and his unique apprenticeship system. Simon has helped educate seventeen potters at his Mill Creek Pottery in Gresham, WI. For more information on Simon visit www.simonlevin.com.

 

This week’s Tales of a Red Clay Rambler episode is sponsored by Northern Clay Center’s MN NICE PROGRAM.  The New institute for ceramic education is entering its fourth year of this advanced certificate program lead by Ursula Hargens. MN NICE provides rigorous, personalized instruction for artists who are serious about taking the next step in their ceramic education. Designed to respond to the changing needs of makers the course provides high-level training in ceramic materials, history, theory, and professional practice. The program consists of three 8-week blocks of instruction, beginning annually in September and ending the following May. Applications are still being accepted for Fall 2017 enrollment. More information on this unique learning opportunity can be found at northernclaycenter.org.

187: Red Star Resident panel extravaganza with Olsen, Daniels, Iyoda, Connell and Lin

Jul 16, 2017 01:03:51

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a panel discussion with Sarah Jewell Olsen, Kelly Lynn Daniels, Hiromi Iyoda, Emily Connell, and Wen-Dan Lin. The five are currently resident artists at the Belger Arts Center’s Red Star Studios in Kansas City, MO. During our conversation, we talk about the pros and cons of quick evolutions in the studio, readjusting career expectations, and the clay community in Kansas City. To find out more about the Red Star Residency visit www.redstarstudios.org.

 

This week’s Tales of a Red Clay Rambler episode is sponsored by Northern Clay Center’s MN NICE PROGRAM.  The New institute for ceramic education is entering its fourth year of this advanced certificate program lead by Ursula Hargens.  MN NICE provides rigorous, personalized instruction for artists who are serious about taking the next step in their ceramic education. Designed to respond to the changing needs of makers the course provides high-level training in ceramic materials, history, theory, and professional practice. The program consists of three 8-week blocks of instruction, beginning annually in September and ending the following May. Applications are still being accepted for Fall 2017 enrollment. More information on this unique learning opportunity can be found at northernclaycenter.org.

186: Jessica Brandl on the influence of Gothic novels and dark humor

Jul 6, 2017 56:23

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Jessica Brandl. Her vessels are covered with drawings of rural American landscapes, abandoned architecture, and the flora & fauna of the environments she is investigating. In our discussion, we talk about the influence of Gothic novels and her use of the literary formula - subject, object, place - in shaping the content of her work. To see examples of her ceramics, visit jessicabrandl.com.

  

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This episode of the podcast is sponsored by AMACO, your one-stop-shop for all your ceramic needs. To find out more visit www.AMACO.com.

185: Tyler Lotz on the circular nature of creativity

Jun 25, 2017 55:46

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Tyler Lotz. An accomplished vessel maker and sculptor Lotz often uses geometric tessellations and modular units in his work. His work spans a variety of scales from intimate handheld pottery to four-foot tall sculptures. In the interview, we talk about cultivating patience while planning a new body of work, exploring the same content from multiple angles, and how teaching feeds his studio practice. Lotz is a professor of ceramics at Illinois State University in Bloomington, IL. To see examples of his work please visit www.tylerlotz.com.

 

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by AMACO, your one-stop-shop for all your ceramic needs. To find out more visit www.AMACO.com.

 

***To celebrate the one-year anniversary of my book Mastering the Potter's Wheel I’m offering 25% off everything in the Red Clay Rambler shop. Visit www.talesofaredclayrambler.com/shop and use the offer code MASTERING1YEAR to receive a discount on books or t-shirts. This is a great way to help support the show. ***

184: Birdie Boone on the emotional impact of color

Jun 19, 2017 01:00:12

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Birdie Boone. Working from her studio in Abingdon, VA she creates hand built tableware glazed in rich translucent colors. Her research into rare earth colorants has led to a broad spectrum of colors that are uniquely subtle and emotionally impactful. In our discussion, we talk about the connection between emotion and color, engaging with constructive criticism and working with rare earth colorants. To see examples of her work please visit www.birdiebooneceramics.com.

 

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by AMACO, your one-stop-shop for all your ceramic needs. To find out more visit www.AMACO.com.

 

***To celebrate the one-year anniversary of my book Mastering the Potter's Wheel I’m offering 25% off everything in the Red Clay Rambler shop. Visit www.talesofaredclayrambler.com/shop and use the offer code MASTERING1YEAR to receive a discount on books or t-shirts. This is a great way to help support the show. ***

183: Live story telling from Kansas City!

Jun 10, 2017 01:15:54

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a special live episode taped at KC Urban Potter’s Midwest Pottery Fest. Guest host Mo Dicken’s guides ten storytellers through their stories about the ceramic community, including hilarious tales of street fairs gone wrong and spooky haunted studios. Don’t miss this special recording taped live at the Drug Store in Kansas City, MO! For more information on Midwest Pottery Fest visit www.kcurbanpotters.com.

 

 

This week’s Tales of a Red Clay Rambler episode is sponsored by BigCeramicStore.com. We’ve partnered together to offer you 15% off glazes, tools, clays and supplies when you use the code "Ben15". Since 1999, BigCeramicStore.com has supported artists with an exceptional product line with over 12,000 items, knowledgable customer service & insightful tips and techniques. So go to www.BigCeramicStore.com and use coupon code "Ben15" to save 15% on glazes, tools, clays & supplies!

182: Forrest Middelton, Arash Shirinbab, and Raeshma Razvi on their collaboration “To Contain and To Serve”

Jun 3, 2017 01:09:29

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Forrest Middelton, Arash Shirinbab, and Raeshma Razvi. Our discussion focuses on the collaboration between Middelton, a ceramic artist, and Shirinbab, a calligrapher. They have been working for the past year on an exhibition and performance titled “To Contain and To Serve.” The exhibition mixes functional ceramics with Persian calligraphy and Twitter posts to generate dialogue around political and social issues in Iran and America. Razvi is a documentary filmmaker that has been shooting the collaboration for future use in a film.

 

“To Contain and To Serve” will take place in the fall of 2017 at the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California in Oakland. To find out more about the event please visit ICCNC.org. To find out more about Forrest Middelton please visit www.flmceramics.com. To find out more about Arash Shirinbab please visit www.arash-shirinbab.com. To find out more about Raeshma Razvi please visit www.vimeo.com/RaeshmaRazvi.

 

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by the Canon River Clay Tour. Happening Father's Day Weekend, June 17-18, 2017, the event features eleven local clay artists and eleven guest artists from around the country. This self-guided studio tour and sale will include four stops surrounding the beautiful community of Northfield, MN located just 40 miles south of the Twin Cities. For more information on the tour visit www.cannonriverclaytour.com.

181: Vicki Grima and Stephen Creech on increasing ceramic outreach through national open studio events

May 14, 2017 01:01:57

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Vicki Grima and Stephen Creech. The focus of our discussion centers around nation-wide open studio events that bring the public into ceramic artist’s studios as a form of outreach and education. The Australian Ceramics Association started their open studio in 2012 and provided the model for which the American version will start this year. October 13-15, 2017 artists across the US are invited to open their studios to their local community as a part of National Clay Week. For more information on how you can join the event visit www.nationalclayweek.org/openstudio.

 

Vicki Grima is the executive officer of the Australian Ceramics Association and editor of the Journal of Australian Ceramics. For more information about her ceramic work please visit vickigrima.com.au. Stephen Creech is ‎a cofounder of National Clay Week and the Director of Marketing at American Art Clay Company. To see examples of his ceramic work please visit www.instagram.com/creechoftheeast.

 

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by AMACO, your one-stop-shop for all your ceramic needs. To find out more visit www.AMACO.com.

180: Thor Thoreson on Marguerite Widenhain’s Pond Farm School

May 7, 2017 52:37

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Thor Thoreson. A student of Marguerite Wildenhain from 1970-73, Thor talks about his time at the Pond Farm School and the influence of Wildenhain’s modernist teachings. He came to Pond Farm at the suggestion of Dean Schwartz, a ceramics teacher at Luther College who sent many students to study with Wildenhain. Schwartz later compiled the comprehensive text on Pond Farm, titled Marguerite Wildenhain and the Bauhaus: An Eyewitness Anthology. In addition to the interview, this episode features an audio tour of the surviving buildings at the Pond Farm School given by Thoreson.

 

Wildenhain immigrated to the US after studying at Walter Gropius’s Bauhaus school in Weimar, Germany. While there she studied with sculptor Gerhard Marcks and potter Max Krehan, later taking this master/student teaching style to Pond Farm. The school was founded in the early 1940’s seventy-five miles north of San Francisco by Gordon and Jane Herr. Pond Farm is now on the national register of historical places and is part of the California State Park system. For more information on visiting Pond Farm visit www.150.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=27610.

 

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by AMACO, your one-stop-shop for all your ceramic needs. To find out more visit www.AMACO.com.

179: Live from NCECA- Omnus Terra panel with Garson, Fahey, Wedd and Blum

Apr 28, 2017 01:06:17

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a panel discussion featuring Shannon Garson, Linda Fahey, Gerry Wedd, and Joel Blum. The discussion was prompted by the Omnus Terra: All Lands exhibition, which was curated by Garson and Fahey. Featuring seven American and seven Australian artists, the exhibition was aimed at cultural exchange and interpretation. They said of the project, “like the scientific expeditions of the great explorers, Omnus Terra reaches out to far flung nations bringing a cargo of exotic, mysterious, mesmerizing objects to a foreign shore. The artists explore the relationship between their landscape, ceramic history and culture, questioning the historical tropes of the ceramic medium through form and material.” The panel was recorded live in Portland, OR at Gallery 114 in conjunction with the 2017 NCECA conference.

 

For more information about Shannon Garson visit www.shannongarsonporcelain.com.au. For more information on Linda Fahey visit www.yondershop.com. For more information on Gerry Wedd search @gerrywedd on Instagram. For more information on Joel Blum visit www.fetishghost.wordpress.com.

 

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by AMACO, your one-stop-shop for all your ceramic needs. To find out more visit www.AMACO.com.

178: Graham Marks on his transition from ceramics to acupuncture

Apr 21, 2017 01:06:17

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Graham Marks. He worked in ceramics from 1968 to 1992 making large earthenware vessels that are reminiscent of seeds, geodes and other earthworks. Along with an active studio practice he taught at Kansas State University (1976-1978), Rochester Institute of Technology (1980-1986) and was the head of ceramics/artist in residence at the Cranbook Academy of Art from 1986-1992. After becoming engaged in a protest movement against nuclear activity around Alleghany County, NY, he started to transition away from ceramics, with a desire to directly help his community. Around the same time he started studying acupuncture, training with noted English acupuncturist J.R. Worsley, and starting his own practice in 1995. He now maintains a private acupuncture practice in Manhattan, NYC.

 

In our interview we talk about his early training as a dancer, the role of structured improvisation in creativity, and his transition to acupuncture. To see examples of his clay work visit www.grahammarksceramics.com. To find out more about his acupuncture practice visit www.grahammarksacupuncture.com.

 

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by AMACO, your one-stop-shop for all your ceramic needs. To find out more visit www.AMACO.com.

177: Double episode: Matt Metz on mining the subconscious to develop personal iconography and Brian Jones on the relaunch of the Jonescast

Mar 22, 2017 01:19:25

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Matt Metz. Based in Alfred, NY he makes black porcelain pots that are covered with slips and carved through to reveal patterns in low relief. Over more than three decades he has developed a personal iconography that includes floral, geometric and figurative imagery. In our interview we talk about the value of solitary work, methods for evolving within a studio practice, and making a living as a potter. For more information on Matt visit www.schallergallery.com. This episode also features a mini interview with Brian Jones about the relaunch of his ceramic podcast The Jonescast. For more information visit www.jonescast.com.

 

This episode of the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler is sponsored by Omnus Terra. The exhibition invites seven Australian and seven American artists, including former podcast guests Vicki Grimma, Shannon Garson, Jane Sawyer and Linda Fahey, to create a dialogue between the two cultures through a shared connection to clay. Like the scientific expeditions of the great explorers, “Omnus Terra” reaches out to far flung nations bringing a cargo of exotic, mysterious, and mesmerising objects to a foreign shore. The artists explore their landscape, ceramic history and culture, questioning the historical tropes of the ceramic medium through form and material. The exhibition will take place at Gallery 114 in Portland, OR, March 22-25 in conjunction with the 2017 NCECA conference. For more information please visit www.yondershop.com and look for the Omnus Terra link.

 

This episode of Tales of a Red Clay Rambler is sponsored by Sonoma Ceramics in Sonoma, California. They are one of the North Bay’s leading ceramics studios, offering clay experiences for all ages, levels, and financial means. They will be hosting the Artstream Ceramics Symposium from March 31- April 2. The symposium consists of three days of exhibitions, conversations and demonstrations by internationally-known ceramics artists from the Artstream Nomadic Gallery. Doug Bro, Julia Galloway and Ben Carter will be demonstrating and representing three generations that work with diverse techniques and materials. Take this opportunity to experience historic Sonoma through clay! To register please visit www.SonomaCeramics.com.

176: Shoko Teruyama on developing rich patterns for earthenware pottery

Mar 17, 2017 01:03:12

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Shoko Teruyama. Her colorful earthenware pottery features drawings of vines, floral motifs, and narrative characters depicting personal experiences and folklore. She uses the vessel as a canvas for her drawings and says, “Many of the forms allude to function and would serve food well, but are more comfortable being placed in sacred spaces of the home like the center of a formal dining room table, a hope chest, or a bedside stand.” In the interview we talk about Shinto temple architecture, her approach to pattern and using fictional characters to embody personal experiences.

Teruyama was raised in Mishima, Japan and has lived in the United States since 1997. She has been a resident artist at the Penland School of Craft and has an MFA from Wichita State University. You can find out more about her work at www.shokoteruyama.com.

 

This episode of Tales of a Red Clay Rambler is sponsored by Sonoma Ceramics in Sonoma, California. They are one of the North Bay’s leading ceramics studios, offering clay experiences for all ages, levels, and financial means. They will be hosting the Artstream Ceramics Symposium from March 31- April 2. The symposium consists of three days of exhibitions, conversations and demonstrations by internationally-known ceramics artists from the Artstream Nomadic Gallery. Doug Bro, Julia Galloway and Ben Carter will be demonstrating and representing three generations that work with diverse techniques and materials. Take this opportunity to experience historic Sonoma through clay! To register please visit www.SonomaCeramics.com.

 

This episode of the podcast is also sponsored by Alfred University School of Art and Design Summer Session. Work in Alfred’s world-class facilities alongside John Gill, Inchin Lee, Christina West, Alwyn O’Brien, Bruce Cochrane, Bill Carty and Sunshine Cobb. Courses are offered June 19 through July 21, and include four, two, or one week sessions. There is also a two week online course on Glaze Effects and Color taught by Matt Katz allowing you to study from the comfort of you own studio. For more information, or to register, visit art.alfred.edu/summer-school.

175: Bill Carty on teaching artists to think like ceramic engineers

Mar 10, 2017 01:08:41

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Bill Carty. He is a professor of ceramic engineering and materials science at Alfred University. In addition to instructing future ceramic engineers, he teaches art students how to develop problem-solving skills for their art practice. In our interview we talk about using data-based experimentation to dispel ceramic myths and how to remedy common issues such as crazing. To find more information about the ceramic engineering program at Alfred visit http://engineering.alfred.edu.

 

 

This episode of Tales of a Red Clay Rambler is sponsored by Sonoma Ceramics in Sonoma, California. They are one of the North Bay’s leading ceramics studios, offering clay experiences for all ages, levels, and financial means. They will be hosting the Artstream Ceramics Symposium from March 31- April 2. The symposium consists of three days of exhibitions, conversations and demonstrations by internationally-known ceramics artists from the Artstream Nomadic Gallery. Doug Bro, Julia Galloway and Ben Carter will be demonstrating and representing three generations that work with diverse techniques and materials. Take this opportunity to experience historic Sonoma through clay! To register please visit www.SonomaCeramics.com.

 

This episode of the podcast is also sponsored by Alfred University School of Art and Design Summer Session. Work in Alfred’s world-class facilities alongside John Gill, Inchin Lee, Christina West, Alwyn O’Brien, Bruce Cochrane, Bill Carty and Sunshine Cobb. Courses are offered June 19 through July 21, and include four, two, or one week sessions. There is also a two week online course on Glaze Effects and Color taught by Matt Katz allowing you to study from the comfort of you own studio. For more information, or to register, visit art.alfred.edu/summer-school.

174: The graduate school experience with Brown, Newman-Wise and Lee

Mar 4, 2017 56:51

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Cory Brown, William Newman-Wise and Yeh Rim Lee. The three are currently in their final year of graduate school at the NY State College of Ceramics at Alfred. In our interview we talk about practicing effective time management, developing relationships with faculty, and reckoning with Alfred's ceramic traditions. For more information on Cory Brown visit www.cory-brown.com. For more information on William Newman-Wise visit www.newman-wise.com. For more information on Yeh Rim Lee visit www.yeahrimlee.com. To find more information about the graduate program at Alfred visit www.alfredceramics.com.

  

This episode of Tales of a Red Clay Rambler is sponsored by Sonoma Ceramics in Sonoma, California. They are one of the North Bay’s leading ceramics studios, offering clay experiences for all ages, levels, and financial means. Their Artist-in-Residence program provides an all inclusive experience, in which artists are integrated into the community studio to teach, exhibit, and support daily studio operations. Sonoma Ceramics is hosting the Artstream Ceramics Symposium from March 31- April 2. The symposium consists of three days of exhibitions, conversations and demonstrations by internationally-known ceramics artists from the Artstream Nomadic Gallery. Doug Bro, Julia Galloway and Ben Carter will be demonstrating and representing three generations that work with diverse techniques and materials. The dialogue between the artists will be lively and informative, from the technical to the conceptual. Take this opportunity to experience historic Sonoma through clay! To register and learn more about the Artstream Ceramics Symposium or Sonoma Ceramics, please visit www.SonomaCeramics.com. Spaces are limited so register today.

173: Andrea Gill on challenging students to dig deeper

Feb 24, 2017 01:13:29

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Andrea Gill. Her large-scale hand-built forms reference historical European vessels, patterns and the figure. Her most recent body of work springs from an ongoing fascination with the patterns of Chinese export ceramics. She has received awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Tiffany Foundation, and the American Craft Council. Her work can be found in the collections of the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art and the Smithsonian’s Renwick Gallery.

 

In the interview we talk about gender dynamics within the ceramic world in the 1960’s, knowing how to get a student to dig deeper in the studio, and her time teaching at the NY State College of Ceramics at Alfred, where she has been on the faculty since 1984. For more information on her work please visit www.alfredceramics.com/andrea-gill.html.

 

This week’s Tales of a Red Clay Rambler episode is sponsored by Big Ceramic Store.com. We’ve partnered together to offer you 15% off their entire website when you visit bigceramicstore.com/ben. Since 1999, BigCeramicStore has supported artists with an exceptional product line, outstanding customer service & insightful tips and techniques. So go to Bigceramicstore.com/ben to save 15% on glazes, tools, clays & much more!

 

This episode of the podcast is also sponsored by Adam Field Pottery. Adam has just updated his website with new workshops on Korean coil and paddled Onggi jars, as well as the intricately carved porcelain pots for which he is known. The extensive list of workshop locations includes Brooklyn Clay March 4 & 5th, two-weeks at La Meridiana in Tuscany April 9-22, as well as workshops in Boulder, CO, Gatlinburg, TN, and Deer Isle, ME to name a few. For more details on these wonderful learning opportunities, including a full list of locations and enrollment information, please visit AdamFieldPottery.com.

172: Wally Higgins on teaching at Alfred University and his time as a Tuskegee Airmen – Special guest Roberto Lugo

Feb 18, 2017 01:16:05

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a double interview featuring Roberto Lugo and Wallace “Wally” Higgins. In the first segment I talk with Roberto about his Instagram project "Our Village's Baby," in which he raises awareness of artists of color and their contributions to the ceramic field. In the second segment I talk with Wally Higgins about his military and ceramic career. In his late teens he enlisted in the Army before going on to serve as one of the Tuskegee Airmen in what is now the U.S. Air Force. He served in Saipan and Oakinawa before returning to the states to get a BFA in ceramic design from Alfred University. After a few years working at the Glidden Pottery he came back to Alfred as a teacher, where he taught glaze materials and mold making. He retired as Professor Emeritus in 1985. Among his many laudits, Wally has been awarded the WW-II Victory Medal, New York State Medal for Merit and two Congressional Gold Medals, the highest honor bestowed on a civilian in the United States.

 

In the interview we talk about his first experience with racism when he traveled to the south to train as a Tuskegee Airman, his expertise as a ceramic designer/mold maker, and his time teaching at Alfred.  For more information please visit www.alfred.edu

 

This episode of the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler is sponsored by Omnus Terra. The exhibition invites seven Australian and seven American artists, including former podcast guests Vicki Grimma, Shannon Garson, Jane Sawyer and Linda Fahey, to create a dialogue between the two cultures through a shared connection to clay. Like the scientific expeditions of the great explorers, “Omnus Terra” reaches out to far flung nations bringing a cargo of exotic, mysterious, and mesmerising objects to a foreign shore. The artists explore their landscape, ceramic history and culture, questioning the historical tropes of the ceramic medium through form and material. The exhibition will take place at Gallery 114 in Portland, OR, March 22-25 in conjunction with the 2017 NCECA conference. For more information please visit www.yondershop.com and look for the Omnus Terra link.

171: Bryan Hopkins on deconstructing the porcelain vessel

Feb 10, 2017 01:05:46

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Bryan Hopkins. A long-time porcelain vessel maker, he constructs his pieces leaving the seams and joinery visible. The effect hints at the history of refined porcelain production, while also showing the potential for future decay and deconstruction. He says of his love of material, “I have been using porcelain for about 20 years now, and am drawn to its physical qualities (strength, fragility, color, translucence) as well as the implicit class association, cultural significance, and assumption of purity and worth.” 

 

In the interview we talk about his time documenting punk bands, mining the urban landscape for inspiring textures/patterns, and developing a unique approach to beauty. To find out more about his work please visit www.hopkinspottery.com.

 

This episode of the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler is sponsored by the 2017 Canadian Clay Symposium. Happening March 18th 2017 at the Shadbolt Center for the Arts in Vancouver, Canada, this one day symposium invites participants to explore our changing relationships with emerging technologies. Through interactive demonstrations, panel discussions and exhibits, a diverse group of ten international presenters will address the relevance of traditional and contemporary technologies. For more information or to register for the conference, please visit www.canadianclaysymposium.com.

170: Jane Shellenbarger on ego-free teaching

Feb 5, 2017 01:00:19

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Jane Shellenbarger. Her ceramic studio practice utilizes atmospheric firing in the creation of functional pouring and containment vessels. She has been an educator for many years including teaching positions at the Kansas City Art Institute, Northern Michigan University and the School for American Crafts at Rochester Institute of Technology, where she is currently an assistant professor. In our interview we talk about the difference between leading/teaching a student, taking risks right before a major exhibition, and the history of ceramics at RIT. To see examples of her work please visit www.janeshellenbarger.com.

 

This episode of the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler is sponsored by the 2017 Canadian Clay Symposium. Happening March 18th, 2017 at the Shadbolt Center for the Arts in Vancouver, Canada, this one day symposium invites participants to explore our changing relationships with emerging technologies. Through interactive demonstrations, panel discussions and exhibits, a diverse group of ten international presenters will address the relevance of traditional and contemporary technologies. For more information or to register for the conference, please visit www.canadianclaysymposium.com.

169: Laurie and Peter Pincus on developing complex mold systems

Jan 28, 2017 01:21:48

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Peter and Laurie Pincus. The couple live in Rochester, NY where they maintain a studio and Peter teaches at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Peter designs vessels that have up to 170 mold parts, which allow him to visually break the pieces into hundreds of small blocks of color. Beyond being a technical tour-de-force, the pieces often defy visual logic making the viewer question the three-dimensional nature of the pieces.        In our interview we talk about developing his mold system, the working relationship that Peter and Laurie share, and how focusing on a complex process can help decrease stress and anxiety. To see examples of his work please visit www.peterpincus.com.     This episode of the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler is sponsored by the 2017 Canadian Clay Symposium. Happening March 18th 2017 at the Shadbolt Center for the Arts in Vancouver, Canada, this one day symposium invites participants to explore our changing relationships with emerging technologies. Through interactive demonstrations, panel discussions and exhibits, a diverse group of ten international presenters will address the relevance of traditional and contemporary technologies. For more information or to register for the conference, please visit www.canadianclaysymposium.com.

168: Liz Quackenbush on maturing as an educator and an artist

Jan 21, 2017 01:00:30

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Liz Quackenbush. An artist since her teens, she spent decades refining the maijolica technique that allowed her to paint vivid imagery on her forms. Since then she has explored many methods for making functional pottery. She has also directed generations of students in her 20-year tenure as a professor of ceramics at Penn State University. In the interview we talk about maturing as an educator, searching for the original source for patterns, and keeping it fresh in the studio. For more information please visit www.lizquackenbush.com.

 

This episode of the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast is brought to you by Simon Levin’s Mill Creek Pottery. Simon is pleased to offer a self-driven workshop called the Intimate Anagama - May 16th - May 29th in Gresham, Wisconsin. Workshop attendees will get individual instruction on loading and firing techniques as they complete their own work in the 120 cubic foot anagama. Simon and his apprentices will be present throughout the two weeks, offering guidance and a helping hand.  Have you ever wanted alone time firing a giant kiln? With a focus on first-hand experience, this workshop will help you gain a sense of ownership and accomplishment. The workshop also features demonstrations, critiques, shared meals, and humor, lots and lots of humor.  You will return home tired, inspired, and empowered with a full car of your own finished work. To maintain a focus on quality, registration is limited to 7.  More information on this rare opportunity can be found at SimonLevin.com.

167: Oesterritter, Peltzman, Allen and Schwartzkopf on Objective Clay

Jan 14, 2017 01:12:13

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with four members of Objective Clay, a cooperative group that originated after its members where presenters at the Utilitarian Clay Symposium. I talk with Lindsay Oesterritter, Doug Peltzman, Jen Allen, and Deb Schwartzkopf about being creative within parameters, defining the objectives of a twelve-member group, and what it’s like to present at a symposium in front of your heroes. For more information on Objective Clay please visit www.objectiveclay.com.

 

Lindsay Oesterritter is based in Manassas, VA. www.loceramics.com. Doug Peltzman is based in Shokan, NY. www.dougpeltzman.com. Jen Allen is based in Morgantown, WV. www.Jenniferallenceramics.com. Deb Schwartzkopf is based in Seattle, WA. www.ratcitystudios.com.

 

This episode is the fifth and last installment of the Arrowmont-week series, recorded at Utilitarian Clay 7 held in Gatlinburg, TN in the fall of 2016. Part of the campus was recently destroyed by wildfires that burned large portions of Gatlinburg. To donate to the school’s rebuild fund please visit www.arrowmont.org/support. 

166: Margaret Bohls on hand building meaningful pottery

Jan 13, 2017 01:04:04

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Margaret Bohls. She lives in Lincoln, NE where she teaches at the University of Nebraska. She maintains a studio practice making functional pottery that references the history of Asian and European ceramics. In the interview we talk about helping students understand the meaning of objects and the value of bucking current trends to find an authentic aesthetic. For more information on her work please visit www.margaretbohls.com.

 

This episode is the fourth installment of the Arrowmont-week series, recorded at UC7 held in Gaitlinburg, TN in the fall of 2016. Part of the campus was recently destroyed by wildfires that burned large portions of Gatlinburg. To donate to the school’s rebuild fund please visit www.arrowmont.org/support. Every day this week I’ll release a new UC7 themed interview so check back tomorrow for a new episode.

165: Louise Rosenfield on building a ceramic collection

Jan 12, 2017 58:33

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Louise Rosenfield. After many years as a ceramics maker she turned to collecting functional pottery, and now has one of the premier collections in the United States. In the interview we talk about how to make a content-rich functional object, building a collection, and how we can encourage new buyers to collect ceramics. To see images of the Rosenfield Collection visit www.rosenfieldcollection.com.

 

This episode is the third installment of the Arrowmont-week series, recorded at UC7 held in Gaitlinburg, TN in the fall of 2016. Part of the campus was recently destroyed by wildfires that burned large portions of Gatlinburg. To donate to the school’s rebuild fund please visit www.arrowmont.org/support. Every day this week I’ll release a new UC7 themed interview so check back tomorrow for a new episode.

164: Joy Tanner and Will Baker on setting up a studio

Jan 11, 2017 01:08:26

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Today on Tales of a Red Clay Rambler I have an interview with Joy Tanner and Will Baker. Together they operate Wood Song Pottery in Bakersville, NC, making individual bodies of atmospheric-fired ceramics. In the interview we talk about being resident artists at the Odyssey Center, striking out to start their own studio, and leaning on the ceramic process for inspiration. For more information on Joy visit www.joytannerpottery.com. For more information on Will visit www.williambakerpottery.com.

 

This episode is the second installment of the Arrowmont-week series, recorded at UC7 held in Gatlinburg, TN in the fall of 2016. Part of the campus was recently destroyed by wildfires that burned large portions of Gatlinburg. To donate to the school’s rebuild fund please visit www.arrowmont.org/support. Every day this week I’ll release a new UC7 themed interview so check back tomorrow for a new episode.

163: Bill Griffith and Peter Beasecker on Utilitarian Clay

Jan 10, 2017 01:03:25

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler I have an interview with Bill Griffith and Peter Beasecker. Together they coordinate the Utilitarian Clay Symposium, held every four years to celebrate utilitarian clay objects. In our interview we talk about the first UC held in 1992, the value of handmade in our time, and memorable presenter stories from past symposiums. For more information on Utilitarian Clay visit www.arrowmont.org. For more information on Bill please visit www.billgriffithclay.com. For more info on Peter please visit www.peterbeasecker.com.

 

This episode is the first of a series recorded at UC7 held in Gaitlinburg, TN in the fall of 2016. To start the series we have a special guest appearance by Bill May, the director of Arrowmont. We discuss the recent wildfires that destroyed sections of Gatlinburg and the Arrowmont campus. To donate to the school’s rebuild fund please visit www.arrowmont.org/support. Every day this week I’ll release a new UC7 themed interview so check back tomorrow for a new episode.

162: Live from Flower City with Metz, Briscoe, Finnegan and Aerni

Dec 22, 2016 01:05:17

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler I have a live taping of the podcast featuring Matt Metz, Bob Briscoe, Dan Finnegan and Richard Aerni. Our wide-ranging discussion focuses on the invitational show/tour model for which multiple artists come together to attract a larger buying audience. Shows of this nature originated with The Old Church Pottery Invitational in 1975 and have grown to include more than a dozen events spread across the country. This discussion was taped in front of a live audience at the Genessee Center for the Arts in Rochester, NY.

 

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by THINK BIG, a six-week e-course that covers practical skills for growing your small business. Molly Hatch and I had such a positive response from our last class that we are now offering Think BIG and Think BIG 2 at the same time! If you missed out on the opportunity to take one of these in the past you can now sign up for either session, or take both simultaneously. The next session starts January 5th so sign up today. To find more information please visit www.carterpottery.com/thinkbig.

161: Patti Warashina on sculpting the human figure

Dec 11, 2016 01:14:27

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler I talk with Patti Warashina. Her illustrious career in clay spans over five decades and includes more than three decades teaching at the University of Washington in Seattle. Her large-scale sculptures often show the human figure moving through imagined landscapes. In our interview we talk about her 1986 tour de force “A Procession” which depicts 76 figures representing Seattle’s burgeoning arts scene traveling over a bridge. We also discuss the benefits of aging as an artist, teaching at the University of Washington, and her subversive attitude towards gender roles. For more information on her work please visit www.talesofaredclayrambler.com/episodeguide.

 

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by THINK BIG, a six-week e-course that covers practical skills for growing your small business. Molly Hatch and I had such a positive response from our last class that we are now offering Think BIG and Think BIG 2 at the same time! If you missed out on the opportunity to take one of these in the past you can now sign up for either session, or take both simultaneously. The next session starts January 5th so sign up today. To find more information please visit www.carterpottery.com/thinkbig.

160: Carol Gouthro on her fascination with the microscopic world

Dec 2, 2016 01:00:38

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler I talk with Carol Gouthro. Having worked in clay for almost forty years, Gouthro makes ceramic art that is inspired by the lush environment of the American Northwest. Seeds, blooms and other biomorphic elements create the feeling that her pieces might come alive and scurry across the table. In our interview we talk about falling in love with color, being fascinated with the microscopic world, and incorporating the influence of art history in her current body of sculpture. For more information please visit www.carolgouthro.com.

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by THINK BIG, a six-week e-course that covers practical skills for growing your small business. Molly Hatch and I had such a positive response from our last class that we are now offering Think BIG and Think BIG 2 at the same time! If you missed out on the opportunity to take one of these in the past you can now sign up for either session, or take both simultaneously. The next session starts January 5th so sign up today. To find more information please visit THINK BIG at www.carterpottery.com.

159: Deb Schwartzkopf on cultivating the perfect studio environment

Nov 4, 2016 51:11

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler I talk with Deb Schwartzkopf. For more than a decade she lived from coast to coast, studying ceramics and taking part in artist-in-residence programs. Deb’s circuitous path to setting up her studio represents a trend many itinerant potters of her generation experience. Upon returning home to Seattle, WA she bought a home and built Rat City Studios, named after the neighborhood in which she lives. In our interview we talk about utilizing criticism from a teacher to improve your work, returning to a challenging form for aesthetic resolution, and cultivating a garden and other hobbies that feed one’s studio practice. To find out more about her work please visit www.ratcitystudios.com.

158: Brodeur, Helenske, and Howard on Pottery Northwest's residency program

Oct 28, 2016 01:02:18

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler I talk with Alix Brodeur, Adam Helenske, and Isaac Howard. All three have been resident ceramic artists at Pottery Northwest within the last five years. In our conversation we talk about the creative benefit of working in an urban environment, developing a personal voice through atmospheric firing and making a living in Seattle. For more information on Alix Brodeur please visit www.alixalix.com. For more information on Adam Helenske please visit www.circleofartstudios.com. For more information on Isaac Howard please visit www.iehoward.com. For more information on Pottery Northwest please visit www.potterynorthwest.org.

 

This episode of podcast is sponsored by the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN -- Enriching lives through art since 1945 by providing life-changing, inspiring, and invigorating opportunities for people of all skill levels. Explore your creativity immersed in Arrowmont's multi-discipline craft workshops ranging between fiber arts, woodworking, metals, ceramics and much more. What will you create in 2017? A sneak peek of Arrowmont workshops is now online at arrowmont.org. Browse topics and instructors to start planning your workshop with early registration opening November 1. You can register by phone at 865-436-5860 or visit arrowmont.org.

157: James Lobb and Wally Bivins talk about the history of Pottery Northwest

Oct 28, 2016 58:41

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler I talk with James Lobb and Wally Bivins. Both artists have long time ties to Pottery Northwest, having transitioned from artist-in-residence to staff members to executive directors. Wally was executive director from 2004-2015, when James took over the organization, which recently celebrated its 50-year anniversary. In our conversation we talk about creating a sense of ownership in a community art center, taking creative risks as an administrator and the history of the Seattle-based organization. For more information on James and Wally please visit www.potterynorthwest.org.

 

This episode of podcast is sponsored by the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN -- Enriching lives through art since 1945 by providing life-changing, inspiring, and invigorating opportunities for people of all skill levels. Explore your creativity immersed in Arrowmont's multi-discipline craft workshops ranging between fiber arts, woodworking, metals, ceramics and much more. What will you create in 2017? A sneak peek of Arrowmont workshops is now online at arrowmont.org. Browse topics and instructors to start planning your workshop with early registration opening November 1. You can register by phone at 865-436-5860 or visit arrowmont.org.

156: Mark Del Vecchio on building a collector base for a gallery

Oct 15, 2016 01:11:53

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler I talk with author and gallerist Mark Del Vecchio. In partnership with Garth Clark, he opened the Garth Clark Gallery in Los Angeles in 1981, before moving to New York in 1983 to direct their iconic West 57th Street location. For almost three decades he managed the gallery helping to promote and shape a generation of American ceramic artists. Del Vecchio has written numerous articles and published Postmodern Ceramic, a widely used ceramic text in art schools. Mark now lives in Santa Fe, NM where he is the curator of ceramics for Peter’s Projects.

 

In the interview we talk about the NY gallery scene in the 80’s and 90’s, the rise of the Vessel Oriented Ceramic Object and building a collector base for a gallery. For more information please visit www.garthclark.com.

 

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by the Democratic Cup project. Dismayed by the toxic rhetoric of the 2016 presidential campaign artists Ayumi Horie and Nick Moen joined together to bridge the gap between the polarized sides of our current political spectrum. The Democratic Cup is a fundraising campaign that supports progressive causes through the sale of limited-edition handmade cups designed by a passionate team of renowned illustrators and potters. Icons, heroes, and conversation-starters like Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Bell Hooks, Sojourner Truth, and Bernie Sanders adorn each cup. To find out more or to purchase a cup please visit www.thedemocraticup.com.

155: Virgil Ortiz on reinterpreting the Pueblo Revolt

Sep 29, 2016 01:07:20

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler podcast I talk with multimedia artist Virgil Ortiz. Raised in Cochiti Pueblo, Ortiz learned to make traditional ceramic forms by watching older members of his family. As a teen his interest in sci-fi helped him branch out from pottery into figurative sculpture and narrative story telling. As his career in ceramics matured he has ventured in many other directions including writing movie scripts, designing contemporary fashion, and making multimedia installations. His most recent exhibition, Revolt 1680-2180, is on display at the Albuquerque Museum and utilizes ceramic figures, video and photography to tell the reinterpreted story of the 1680 Pueblo Revolt against the Spanish.

 

In the interview we talk about dealing with the history of Native American oppression through making art, designing for Donna Karan, and developing a major motion picture. For more information please visit www.virgilortiz.com.

154: Christine McHorse on her evolution from traditional Pueblo pottery to sculpture

Sep 16, 2016 01:02:40

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a discussion with Christine McHorse. Over her nearly fifty-year career she has transitioned from making traditional Pueblo pottery to a body of complex sculptural vessels that are technical and aesthetic frontrunners. Made from local micaceous clay, her vessels have a midnight black appearance resulting from a post-firing reduction process. In the interview we talk about her introduction to traditional Pueblo clay methods by her mother-in-law, her time selling at the Santa Fe Native American market, and her transition into the fine art world.

The success and critical acclaim of her recent traveling exhibition DARK LIGHT: The Micaceous Ceramics of Christine Nofchissey McHorse demonstrates the importance of her role in the field of ceramics. She is currently having her first solo gallery exhibition at Peters Projects, Santa Fe. For more information visit www.petersprojects.com.

153: Field, Celani and Taylor talk about building community through Periscope

Sep 8, 2016 01:10:21

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a discussion with Adam Field, Neil Celani and Joe Taylor. Field and Celani are members of Clayscope, a collective that uses Periscope, and other social media platforms, to build ceramic community online. Taylor is a software engineer at Periscope, who also has a passion for making ceramics. In the interview we talk about the nuts and bolts of the live streaming app, the qualities that make a Periscope broadcast successful and how digital communities enhance relationships and learning. For more information please visit www.clayscope.com.

 

Adam Field is a studio potter and workshop instructor based in Helena, Montana. He created the “HIDE-N-SEEKAH”, social media event, in 2013 and has been instrumental in the creation of the online community Clayscope. www.adamfieldpottery.com

 

Neil Celani is a full time studio potter working in Greeley, CO. Neil was selected as a 2016 Ceramics Monthly Emerging Artist and is currently the Resident Artist at the Clay Center of Northern Colorado where he also manages the studio. www.neilcelaniceramics.com

 

Joe Taylor is a software engineer based in San Francisco, CA. He works on web development for Periscope and also works in clay from his home studio. www.periscope.tv. The other founding members of Clayscope are Michael Kline (www.klinepottery.com) and Virgil Ortiz (www.virgilortiz.com).

152: Garth Clark and Justin Crowe talk about trends in ceramic art and design

Sep 2, 2016 01:15:07

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a discussion with Garth Clark & Justin Crowe. The two are core staff members of CFile, an online ceramic journal covering “a global community of cutting-edge educators, ceramics creatives, critics, curators, collectors, dealers, and brilliant young techies.” Along with their role of championing avante-garde ceramics they are one of the few journalistic organizations that investigates the field of ceramics from a global multidisciplinary perspective. In the interview we talk about the trends sweeping through the field of ceramics including fractal fascination, extreme glazing, and the rise of 3D printing. For more information on Cfile visit www.cfileonline.org.

151: Justin Crowe on making viral art in the Internet Age

Aug 25, 2016 42:47

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a discussion with Justin Crowe. His current creative practice is split between designing functional ceramic wares and producing digital projects that exist solely online. In our interview we discuss his role in creating “The Selfie Arm”, a humorous critique of contemporary narcissism, which took on new meaning as it went viral on major media outlets CNN, MTV News, and The Huffington Post. For more information on Justin’s work visit www.justincrowestudio.com. Crowe is also the Director of Operations for the online ceramic publication CFILE. You can find out more about CFILE at www.cfileonline.org.

 

This episode of Tales of the Red Clay Rambler is sponsored by the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN -- Enriching lives through art since 1945 by providing life-changing, inspiring, and invigorating opportunities for people of all skill levels. There’s still time to register for the year’s Legacy weekend happening September 8-11. This unique workshop experience celebrates the craft, culture and heritage of the region during one of the most beautiful times of the year. Appalachian history, culture and economic life are explored in workshops featuring local artists, musicians and storytellers. Register today at Arrowmont.org.

150: The ceramic figure with Carole Epp, Magda Gluszek, Jill Foote-Hutton and Tammy Marinuzzi

Aug 11, 2016 59:09

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This week on the podcast I have a panel discussion about the ceramic figure and story telling. Panelists Carole Epp, Magda Gluszek, Jill Foote-Hutton and Tammy Marinuzzi discuss character development, mining their personal history to create a story arc, and methods for drawing viewers into serious content through humorous or nostalgic subject matter. This episode was taped live at Floriopolis as part of the Gulf Coast State College Ceramic Symposium in Panama City, FL.

 

Carole Epp is a studio artist based in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. In addition to her studio work she is the editor of the popular ceramic blog Musing about Mud. For more information visit www.caroleepp.com. Magda Gluszek is a sculptor based in Show Low, Arizona. She is a faculty member and gallery director at Northland Pioneer College. For more information visit www.missmagdag.com. Jill Foote-Hutton is an artist and community arts educator based in Minneapolis, MN. She is the Head of Education and Artist Services Programs at the Northern Clay Center. For more information please visit www.whistlepigtales.com. Tammy Marinuzzi is a studio artist based in Panama City, FL. She is a Professor of Art at Gulf Coast State College. For more information please visit www.tammymarinuzzi.com.

 

This episode of Tales of the Red Clay Rambler is sponsored by Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN -- Enriching lives through art since 1945 by providing life-changing, inspiring, and invigorating opportunities for people of all skill levels. Experience fall in the Smoky Mountains immersed in Arrowmont's multi-discipline craft workshops ranging between fiber arts, woodworking, metals, ceramics and much more. Combine wheel-thrown and hand built forms with Shadow May, fire in Arrowmont’s manibigama wood kiln with Josh Copus, or join Justin Rothshank for a workshop on image transfer on ceramics. Take this opportunity to “experience the unexpected”, and join this unique educational environment. Learn more about Arrowmont scholarship opportunities and their fall workshop sessions at www.Arrowmont.org.

 

149: Kathy Erteman on straddling the art and design worlds

Jul 19, 2016 01:03:52

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a discussion with Kathy Erteman. Her ceramic vessels and architectural wall pieces read as modernist paintings that have been stretched into three-dimensional form. They have been shown internationally and are included in public collections such as the Renwick Gallery/Smithsonian Institute, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Taipei Museum of Fine Arts and SC Johnson Collection. In addition to her fine art work she has designed a variety of ceramic wares for Tiffany, Dansk and Crate & Barrel.

 

In the interview we talk about modernism, her experience designing for industry and her ongoing relationship with Nixi Potters from the remote mountains of Yunnan, China. For more information about Kathy please visit www.kathyerteman.com.

 

This episode of Tales of the Red Clay Rambler is sponsored by Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN -- Enriching lives through art since 1945 by providing life-changing, inspiring, and invigorating opportunities for people of all skill levels. Experience fall in the Smoky Mountains immersed in Arrowmont’s multi-discipline craft workshops ranging between fiber arts, woodworking, metals, ceramics and much more. Explore wheel-thrown forms with Bryce Brisco, challenge the concept of atmospheric fired pottery with James Tingey, or join Randy Johnston for a one-week workshop on various handbuilding techniques. Take this opportunity to “experience the unexpected”, and join this unique educational environment. Learn more about Arrowmont scholarship opportunities and their fall workshop sessions at Arrowmont.org

148: Jeni and Forrest Gard on socially engaged craft

Jul 8, 2016 58:21

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a discussion with Jeni and Forrest Gard. Founding members of the Socially Engaged Craft Collective both create ceramic objects that are used in performance based art that engages community. In the interview we talk about their history as makers, the core framework of socially engaged art, and the founding of the collective. For more information on their work please visit jenihansengard.com or forrestgard.com. You can find more information on the collective at sociallyengagedcraftcollective.org.

 

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by Sierra Nevada College. Come be inspired by the gorgeous, natural setting of Lake Tahoe, while studying with nationally known artists in a variety of art mediums. This summer continues a tradition of excellence in art education that has been going strong for 32 years. This year’s line up includes Adam Field, Ronan Kyle Peterson, John Toki, Nancy Servis, and many more. I’m also excited to announce that I will be teaching a hands on workshop on Perfect Pouring Pots July 23rd and 24th. To see SNC Tahoe’s full summer schedule please visit www.sierranevada.edu and search for summer workshops.

147: Wood fire aesthetics with Christianson, Helland-Hansen, McKeachie-Johnston, and Oesteritter

Jun 24, 2016 01:05:40

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a discussion on wood firing with Linda Christianson, Elisa Helland-Hansen, Jan McKeachie-Johnston, and Lindsay Oesteritter. We talk about how each artist came to wood firing, how they developed a personal aesthetic within the process, and how they critique their work after a firing.

 

Linda Christianson is based in Lindstrom, MN. www.christiansonpottery.com. Elisa Helland-Hansen is based in Seimsfoss, Norway. www.elisahh.no. Jan McKeachie Johnston lives in River Falls, WI. www.mckeachiejohnstonstudios.com. Lindsay Oesteritter is based in Manassas, VA. www.loceramics.com. This interview was recorded at Trax Gallery in Berkeley, CA. www.traxgallery.com.

 

This episode of the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler is sponsored by Potters For Pulse. This fundraising event supports the victims and families of those affected by the recent Pulse tragedy in Orlando Florida. Over 50 ceramic artists have donated work that will be available for purchase at Pottersforpulse.bigcartel.com. On June 24th at 8pm EST the sale will go live with all proceeds going to the Equality Florida's Pulse Victim Fund. Please consider making a purchase or make a donation to your local LGBTQ organization. For more information on the event please visit Pottersforpulse.bigcartel.com

146: Kansas City Urban Potters on the goals of their group

Jun 12, 2016 52:32

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a discussion with the founding members of the Kansas City Urban Potters. The group of seven artists banded together in Kansas City, MO in 2014 with the purpose of expanding “visibility of contemporary studio pottery to local and regional audiences through invitational exhibitions, public lectures and community-based events.” The group includes Chandra Debuse, Jana Evans, Meredith Host, Alex Watson, Erica Iman, Rain Harris and Paul Donnelly. In the interview we talk about the history of KCUP, developing a consensus based decision-making model, and expanding from an annual pop-up shop to a brick and mortar gallery. For more information on KCUP please visit www.kcurbanpotters.com.

 

 

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by Sierra Nevada College. Come be inspired by the gorgeous, natural setting of Lake Tahoe, while studying with nationally known artists in a variety of art mediums. This summer continues a tradition of excellence in art education that has been going strong for 32 years. This year’s line up includes Adam Field, Ronan Kyle Peterson, John Toki, Nancy Servis, and many more. I’m also excited to announce that I will be teaching a hands on workshop on Perfect Pouring Pots July 23rd and 24th. To see SNC Tahoe’s full summer schedule please visit www.sierranevada.edu and search for summer workshops.

145: Jayson Lawfer on determining value in the secondary market

Jun 3, 2016 01:05:30

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a discussion with art dealer Jayson Lawfer. Trained as a potter, Jayson brings a maker’s touch to his role as gallery director of The Nevica Project. Under his direction the Chicago-based gallery focuses on primary and secondary market sales for fine art and craft, including the work of Michael Lucero, Richard Serra, Shoji Hamada, and many more. In the interview we talk about his transition into the gallery world, how to value an object on the secondary market, and balancing a gallery portfolio that includes both fine and contemporary craft artists. For more information on Jayson please visit www.thenevicaproject.com.

 

This episode of Tales of the Red Clay Rambler is sponsored by FLM Studio in Petaluma, CA. This multipurpose studio offers workshops for Bay Area ceramic artists while also serving as the studio for Forrest Lesch Middelton. On June 4th and 5th I will be teaching a two day hands-on workshop titled from Flat to Functional. Join me for this exciting weekend to learn more about using foam molds to create hand built tableware. To register for this event visit www.flmceramics.com.

144: Namita Wiggers and Michael Strand on Across the Table, Across the Land

May 22, 2016 01:00:12

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a discussion with Namita Wiggers and Michael Strand. I talk with the duo of curators about their project for the recent 50th anniversary of NCECA- Across the Table, Across the Land. Taking place over the better part of the year the project encouraged the public to submit both object and event-based works around the idea of ceramics, food and community. The project culminated with an exhibition at the Charlotte Street Foundation in Kansas City. In the interview we talk about how ceramics can be a catalyst for communal gatherings, the role of emotion in exhibition design, and the documentation/analysis of social practice. For more information on the Across the Table please visit www.ncecaacrossthetable.com.

 

Namita Wiggers is a writer, curator, and educator based in Portland, OR. She is the Director and Co-Founder of Critical Craft Forum. Wiggers teaches in the MFA Applied Craft + Design, co-administered by Oregon College of Art + Craft and Pacific Northwest College of Art. For more information please visit www.criticalcraftforum.com.

 

Michael J. Strand is an Associate Professor and Head of Visual Arts at North Dakota State University in Fargo, ND. With a background as a functional potter, Michael’s work has moved seamlessly into social practice and community engagement, while remaining dedicated to the traditional object, as he investigates the potential of craft as a catalyst for social change. For more information please visit www.michaeljstrand.com.

 

This episode of Tales of the Red Clay Rambler is sponsored by FLM Studio in Petaluma, CA. This multipurpose studio offers workshops for Bay Area ceramic artists while also serving as the studio for Forrest Lesch Middelton. On June 4th and 5th I will be teaching a two day hands-on workshop titled from Flat to Functional. Join me for this exciting weekend to learn more about using foam molds to create hand built tableware. To register for this event visit www.flmceramics.com.

143: Wesley Anderegg on using humor to address the dark side of life

May 12, 2016 52:12

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a discussion with figurative sculptor Wesley Anderegg. Based in the Santa Rita Hills of northern Santa Barbara County, Anderegg uses ceramic figures to weaves narratives that are both primal and complex in their approach to emotion. His simplified ceramic forms are placed in tableaus that range from the mythical to the mundane in order to show the full range of the human experience. In the interview we talk about using humor to address the dark side of life, being creative in lean financial times, and the art of making wine. To see examples of his work please visit http://www.wesleyanderegg.com.

 

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by Sierra Nevada College. Come be inspired by the gorgeous, natural setting of Lake Tahoe, while studying with nationally known artists in a variety of art mediums. This summer continues a tradition of excellence in art education that has been going strong for 32 years. This year’s line up includes Adam Field, Ronan Kyle Peterson, John Toki, Nancy Servis, and many more. I’m also excited to announce that I will be teaching a hands on workshop on Perfect Pouring Pots July 23rd and 24th. To see SNC Tahoe’s full summer schedule please visit www.sierranevada.edu and search for summer workshops.

142: Roberto Lugo on mixing hip hop aesthetics into the ceramic canon

May 6, 2016 01:04:10

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a discussion with multimedia artist Roberto Lugo. His current body of ceramic vessels uses portraiture, graffiti inspired patterns, and hip hop aesthetics to investigate notions of personal identity and belonging. He currently has an exhibition at the Wexler Gallery titled Defacing Adversity: The life and times of Roberto Lugo. The show listing perfectly describes the intent of Roberto’s work. “By combining graffiti, hip hop, history, pop culture and porcelain, Lugo is bringing new conversations to the table of contemporary art.” For more information on the exhibition visit www.wexlergallery.com.

 

Potter, painter, rapper, husband, father, and educator are just a few of the hats Roberto wears in the course of his daily life. He currently lives with his family in Marlboro, VT where he teaches at Marlboro College. In the interview we talk about race, white privilege and guilt in the ceramics world, and transitioning to life in rural Vermont. For more information about Roberto please visit www.robertolugostudio.com.

 

This episode of Tales of the Red Clay Rambler is sponsored by FLM Studio in Petaluma, CA. This multipurpose studio offers workshops for Bay Area ceramic artists while also serving as the studio for Forrest Lesch Middelton. On June 4th and 5th I will be teaching a two day hands-on workshop titled from Flat to Functional. Join me for this exciting weekend to learn more about using foam molds to create hand built tableware. To register for this event visit www.flmceramics.com.

 

141: Holly Hanessian talks with Michael Eden about ceramics in the age of digital manufacturing

Apr 29, 2016 01:04:07

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a discussion between guest host Holly Hanessian and British artist Michael Eden. During his MPhil research at the Royal College of Art Eden set out to merge digital technology with the craft skills he used during his previous experience as a potter.The resulting objects and research sit at the intersection of craft, design and art. In his recent work he reimagines culturally familiar objects, before using digital manufacturing to produce them.

 

Guest host Holly Hanessian is an artist and Professor of Ceramics at Florida State University. Her most recent work Touch in Real Time explores the intimate nature of physical contact and its significance in the digital age. In the interview Holly and Michael talk about the basics of 3D printing, how hand skill and technology inform each other, and how new technologies fit into academia. To see examples of Michael’s work please visit www.michael-eden.com. To see examples of Holly's work please visit www.hollyhanessian.com.

 

This episode of Tales of the Red Clay Rambler is sponsored by Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN -- Enriching lives through art since 1945 by providing life-changing, inspiring, and invigorating opportunities for people of all skill levels. Experience the summer in the Smoky Mountains immersed in Arrowmont's multi-discipline craft workshops. Investigate bisque molds and patterns with Brian R. Jones, explore seductive surfaces in ceramics with Erin Furimsky, or join Kenneth Baskin for two-weeks focusing on slab construction for sculptural objects. Take this opportunity to “experience the unexpected”, and join this unique educational environment. Learn more about Arrowmont scholarship opportunities and their summer workshop series at Arrowmont.org.

140: Allen, Schwartzkopf, and Godfrey talk about the emergence of the "online pot"

Apr 23, 2016 01:04:23

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a panel discussion with Jen Allen, Deb Schwartzkopf, and Steve Godfrey. The trio’s ceramic roots go back to Alaska, where Jen and Deb were students of Steve’s at the University of Alaska Anchorage in the early 2000’s. In the interview we talk about how the student teacher relationship evolves, harnessing the inner critic, and the emergence of the “online pot”. For more information on Steve please visit www.uaa.alaska.edu. For more information on Deb please visit www.debspottery.com. For more information on Jen please visit www.jenniferallenceramics.com. Jen and Deb are members of Objective Clay. You can find out more information about their organization at www.objectiveclay.com.

 

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by Sierra Nevada College. Come be inspired by the gorgeous, natural setting of Lake Tahoe, while studying with nationally known artists in a variety of art mediums. This summer continues a tradition of excellence in art education that has been going strong for 32 years. This year’s line up includes Adam Field, Ronan Kyle Peterson, John Toki, Nancy Servis, and many more. I’m also excited to announce that I will be teaching a hands on workshop on Perfect Pouring Pots July 23rd and 24th. To see SNC Tahoe’s full summer schedule please visit www.sierranevada.edu and search for summer workshops.

139: In Tribute: Joel Magen on California Studio Pottery

Apr 15, 2016 01:08:52

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Joel Magen. His recent passing was a huge shock to the clay community in Northern California. One of the few potters in the area to offer an apprenticeship, Joel helped educate dozens of potters at his Dark Horse Pottery in Davenport, CA. In our 2014 interview we talked about Marguerite Wildenhain's influence on California studio pottery, how ceramics fit into the back-to-the-land movement of the 1960's, and the evolution of Dark Horse Pottery. To see more examples of Joel's work please visit www.darkhorsepottery.com

 

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by AMACO, your one-stop-shop for all your ceramic needs. To find out more visit www.AMACO.com.

138: Kari Radasch on the color of emotion

Apr 9, 2016 44:49

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Kari Radasch. Known for her vibrant earthenware pottery, Kari is a prolific artist that has produced multiple varied, and successful, bodies of work in the last decade. Her current focus is to convey joy through vibrant surface design. She maintains a studio practice in Westbrook, ME in addition to teaching at the Maine College of Art in Portland, ME.

 

In the interview we talk about transitioning through aesthetic ideas, embracing sentimentality, and using emotion as a source for inspiration in ceramics. For more information on her work please visit www.kariradasch.com.

 

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by AMACO, your one-stop-shop for all your ceramic needs. To find out more visit www.AMACO.com.

137: Kim Kirchman on staying engaged as an educator

Mar 30, 2016 01:14:05

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Kim Kirchman. A long time potter and educator, Kim is a professor of art at St. Petersburg College. Her recent altered vessel forms are decorated with underglaze drawings of botanical patterns that reference the lush environment of the Tampa Bay area. In the interview we talk about keeping it fresh in the classroom, the origins of the Tampa Tour de Clay, and how she utilized her aesthetic training to remodel homes and plan for retirement. For more information on Kim please visit www.tampatourdeclay.com/kim-kirchman.

 

This episode of the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast is sponsored by Mountain Maid Workshops. On Saturday, April 2nd, internationally acclaimed Australian potter, Shannon Garson comes to Grass Valley, California to kick off Mountain Maid Workshops’ spring series with a one-day demonstration, sharing her process from inspiration to finished pot. Space is limited for this exciting one-time event! For information and to purchase seats, please go to mountainmaidworkshops.com. 

136: Adam and Melissa Yungbluth on the St. Petersburg Art Scene

Mar 14, 2016 01:04:35

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with artist couple Adam and Melissa Yungbluth. Based in St. Petersburg, FL they both have an active studio practice making functional ceramic vessels. In addition to the studio, Melissa is the assistant curator of exhibitions at the Morean Center for Art and Adam manages studio operations at the Morean Center for Clay. In the interview we talk about the history of the art scene in St. Petersburg, the rise of nerd culture, and their mutual love of comedy podcasts. For more information on their work please visit www.adamyungbluth.com or melissayungbluth.tumblr.com. More information on the Morean Center for Clay can be found at www.moreancenterforclay.org.

 

This episode of the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast is sponsored by The Carter Art Center Gallery at the MCC- Penn Valley. The Carter Center will be hosting three ceramic exhibitions that coincide with the upcoming NCECA conference in Kansas City. On location will be the Strictly Figurative Invitational featuring 15 of the nations finest figure sculptors, a solo exhibition featuring artist Bede Clark, and the University of Missiouri- Columbia Ceramics Graduate Student Exhibit. For more information please visit www.mcckc.edu/pvart.

135: In Tribute: Nina Hole on her monolithic wood fired sculptures

Feb 26, 2016 01:07:17

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Earlier this week Danish ceramic artist Nina Hole passed away. I had the great fortune to interview her in her home in 2012. She was a bright light in the ceramic community and a force of nature with her monolithic wood fired sculptures. In this episode you will hear our conversation rebroadcast in tribute to her contributions to the field of ceramics.

With the help of building teams she constructed towering forms that were fired in place and unveiled at their peak temperature. Her "fire sculptures" have been built in a variety of environments including both urban and rural settings in Mexico, Denmark, Australia, and the United States.

In the interview we talk about the role religious architecture played in inspiring her forms and the development of an easily mobile building/firing process. We also discussed the Museum of International Ceramic Art-Grimmerhus and the Danish ceramic residency Guldagergaard, both of which she had an instrumental role in starting. For more images of her work please visit www.ninahole.com.   

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by Troy Bungart Studios. Offering a line of handcrafted, one-of-a-kind pottery tools for the potter who wants to use art to make art. For more information please visit http://www.troybungartstudios.com.

134 pt.1: Indie-Folk band The Painted Horses on building off the success of their first album

Feb 17, 2016 01:14:51

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with indie-folk band The Painted Horses. Singers Denys Kozakis and Natosha Wengreen provide vocal harmonies for the band’s airy sound, while Jon Payne and Alex Bice supply upbeat rhythms that balance out the touch of melancholy that pervades their music. In the interview we talk about collaborative song writing, deciding when to give up a day job and building off the success of their first album. In addition to the interview this episode features Much too Long from their debut album Ponderosa Pines and a special in-studio recording of In the Garden. To find out more about The Painted Horses please visit www.thepaintedhorsesmusic.com.

 

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by Troy Bungart Studios. Offering a line of handcrafted, one-of-a-kind pottery tools for the potter who wants to use art to make art. For more information please visit http://www.troybungartstudios.com.

134 pt. 2: The Painted Horses Live in studio

Feb 17, 2016 21:41

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an live studio recording with Santa Cruz indie-folk band The Painted Horses. Singers Denys Kozakis and Natosha Wengreen provide the vocal harmonies for the bands airy sound, while Jon Payne and Alex Bice supply upbeat rhythms that balance out the touch of melancholy that pervades their music. The Horses play tunes from their debut album Ponderosa Pines, which can be found on iTunes, Spotify and other music services. To find out more about The Painted Horses please visit www.thepaintedhorsesmusic.com.

Track Listing: White Mule, Daisy, Much too Long, In the Garden 

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by Troy Bungart Studios. Offering a line of handcrafted, one-of-a-kind pottery tools for the potter who wants to use art to make art. For more information please visit http://www.troybungartstudios.com.

133: Chris Staley on developing emotional intelligence

Feb 6, 2016 01:07:12

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Chris Staley. A celebrated ceramic artist and educator, Staley has been a professor at Penn State University since 1990. In the interview we talk about Abraham Maslow’s four stages of learning, redefining success and developing emotional intelligence in college students. For more information of Chris please visit www.chrisstaleyartist.com.

 

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. The school is now accepting submissions for their Educational Assistantship Program, which provides people with limited financial resources the opportunity to take classes at Arrowmont. Act fast! Deadline for submission is March 1st, 2016. Applications and further details regarding submission materials and requirements can be found at arrowmont.slideroom.com.

132: Jacques Kauffman on architecture that reduces green house gases

Jan 29, 2016 57:09

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Jacques Kauffman. He uses ceramic bricks to build large-scale installation and sculpture. In the interview we talk about his philosophy of making, the influence of his time working in Rwanda, and his role in developing bioactive architecture that reduces green house gases in urban environments.

Jacques has recently retired from being the head of ceramics at the Ecole d‘arts appliqués in Vevey, Switzerland and is the president of the International Academy of Ceramics. For more information on Jacques please visit his IAC profile at www.aic-iac.org/en/member/jacques-kaufmann. You can also read a review of his 2013 exhibition “With one brick, to build a world” at cfileonline.org/exhibition-jacques-kaufmann-one-brick-build-world/.

 

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by THINK BIG 2: Mastering the Marketplace, a six-week e-course designed to help you take the next step in your creative business. For more information, or to register for the next session starting on February 4th, please visit www.carterpottery.com/think-big

131: Nell on rock n' roll aesthetics and making boundryless art

Dec 19, 2015 52:40

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Nell. A Sydney based jack-of-all-trades, Nell makes mixed media installation, digital work, fashion and ceramic sculpture. Her art mixes humor and rock n’ roll aesthetics to playfully subvert cultural structures. In the interview we talk about AC/DC, Buddhism and shifts in Arts funding in Australia. For more information on Nell please visit www.roslynoxley9.com.au.

 

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by the Australian Ceramic Association, a member-driven organization, which fosters a lively community by organizing nationwide open studio events, publishing The Journal of Australian Ceramics, supporting artists in their studio practice and advocating for excellence in education and training. For more information, or to join the association, please visit www.australianceramics.com.

130: Jane Sawyer on developing an individual sense of touch after apprenticeship training

Dec 18, 2015 01:08:55

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Jane Sawyer. Trained as an art educator before completing two traditional apprenticeships, Jane has developed a body of work that utilizes finger swipes and brushwork to decorate the surfaces of her slipware pots. In addition to her studio practice she is the director of the Slow Clay Center, which offers classes and workshops in Melbourne, Australia. In the interview we talk about her training in Australia and Japan, pottery as a catalyst for corporeal awareness, and the history of the Slow Clay Center. For more information about Jane please visit www.janesawyer.com.au. For more information on Slow Clay Center please visit www.slowclay.com.

 

This episode of Tales of the Red Clay Rambler is sponsored by Canberra Potters’ Society (CPS). Enriching lives through the ceramic arts since 1975. CPS provides community classes for both adults and children, as well as Workshops and Masterclasses for people of all skill levels. CPS recently founded a worldclass Artist in Residence Program at the Watson Arts Center in Canberra, which is open to both professional and self-directed artists. Learn more about Canberra Potters Society and their education and Residency programs at www.canberrapotters.com.au

129: Pepai and Milyika Carroll on Ernabella history and the role Tjukurpa plays in Anangu art

Dec 17, 2015 43:59

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Pepai and Milyika Carroll. The Carrolls are accomplished ceramic artists and painters who work at the Ernabella Arts Center. A core part of the Pukatja Community, the art center is nestled into the eastern end of the Musgrave Ranges of South Australia. Established in 1948, Ernabella Arts is Australia’s oldest continuously running Indigenous Art Center. In the interview we talk about Ernabella history and the role Tjukurpa, or story/cultural law, plays in the creation of Anangu art. For more information on Ernabella Arts please visit www.ernabellaarts.com.au.

 

This episode of the podcast is proudly sponsored by Sabbia Gallery, Sydney’s premier commercial gallery for studio glass and ceramic artists from Australia and New Zealand. The gallery presents a diverse group of internationally renowned artists, who are creating dynamic and innovative artworks. Sabbia Gallery has held two highly successful group exhibitions from the Ernabella Ceramics Studio over the past two years, and look forward to presenting an exhibition of ceramics by Ernabella women in March 2016. Head over to the website www.sabbiagallery.com to learn more about their artists and exhibition program."

128: Kate Dunn and Fiona Fell on the changing landscape of art education in Australia

Dec 16, 2015 01:08:41

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with ceramic artists Kate Dunn and Fiona Fell. Both are educators and makers utilizing digital technologies in the creation of their artwork. In the interview we talk about ongoing changes in the Australian educational system, collaboration as a method for making ceramics, and the ontology of objects.

Kate Dunn is a lecturer at UNSW Art & Design specializing in practiced-based research that investigates experimental digital fabrication. For more information on Kate please visit https://research.unsw.edu.au/people/ms-kate-dunn. Fiona Fell is the Head of Department in 3D studies, Visual Arts within the School of Arts and Social Sciences at Southern Cross University. Her recent work uses collaborative, inter-disciplinary practices to explore materiality in dialogue with media-based art forms. For more information on Fiona please visit a review on www.craftaustralia.org.au/library/review.php?id=fiona_fell_ceramics_collaboration.

 

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by the Australian Ceramic Association, a member-driven organization, which fosters a lively community by organizing nationwide open studio events, publishing The Journal of Australian Ceramics, supporting artists in their studio practice and advocating for excellence in education and training. For more information, or to join the association, please visit www.australianceramics.com.

127: Shannon Garson on the influence of drawing on her porcelain vessels

Dec 15, 2015 57:29

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Australian potter Shannon Garson. Her porcelain vessels are covered with sgraffito and oxide drawings inspired by the marginalized ecosystems of the littoral zone of seaside Queensland, such as shorelines, rock pools and coastal wallum scrub. In addition to domestic wares Garson has been mixing food, music and vessels into a performance piece/event called The Handmade Table. To see a video about the piece please visit her Vimeo page. For more information about her work please visit www.shannongarsonporcelain.com.au.

 

This episode of the podcast is the first in the Australia Week series, which is sponsored by the Australian Ceramic Association. Shannon currently serves as the president of this member-driven organization, which fosters a lively community by organizing nationwide open studio events, publishing The Journal of Australian Ceramics, supporting artists in their studio practice and advocating for excellence in education and training. For more information, or to join the association, please visit www.australianceramics.com.

126: Andrew Stephenson on determining the value of labor in handmade pottery

Dec 11, 2015 01:03:29

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Andrew Stephenson. Educated both in academic settings and a formal apprenticeship, Andrew makes wood fired functional wares that are decorated with slip trailing and traditional glazes. Over the course of the last two and half years Andrew has been tracking and using analytics to determine the exact value of his labor. In the interview we talk about analytic based pricing, building a wood kiln for firing large-scale pottery and selling directly to the public at his studio near Lake Lure in Rutherford County, NC. For more information please visit http://www.ajspottery.com.

 

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by Troy Bungart Studios. Offering a line of handcrafted, one-of-a-kind pottery tools for the potter who wants to use art to make art. For more information please visit http://www.troybungartstudios.com.

125: Bandana Pottery- Michael Hunt and Naomi Dalglish on influence and innovation

Dec 3, 2015 01:12:23

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Michael Hunt and Naomi Dalglish, a pottery-making couple living in the small Western, NC community of Bandana. They draw from Korean folk traditions and contemporary Mingei aesthetics to make utilitarian wood fired pottery. In the interview we talk about synthesizing influences, the value of working as a team, and their love for pottery that develops a patina of use over time. For more information please visit www.bandanapottery.com.

 

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by CFile, an online journal highlighting the impact of ceramics in art, design, architecture, technology, and studio pottery. Visit the newly redesigned CFileOnline.org to learn more about the latest ceramic trends and groundbreaking exhibitions happening around the world.

124: Timm Muth on powering an art center with green energy

Nov 20, 2015 54:48

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Timm Muth. With over 30 years experience in the energy industry, Timm has helped design and manage nuclear facilities, fossil fuel stations, hydropower, solar and wind power installations, and biomass resources. In the interview we talk about his time at the Jackson County Green Energy Park, which uses landfill gas to power its ceramic, glass and metal studios. For more information on Timm or the JCGEP’s artist-in-residence program please visit www.jcgep.org.

 

This episode is sponsored by AMACO, your one-stop-shop for all your ceramic needs. To find out more visit www.AMACO.com.

123: Live from Asheville: Green energy and the sustainable studio

Nov 11, 2015 01:05:22

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a panel discussion about green energy and sustainable studio practices with Gabriel Kline, Kent Mclaughlin, and Erica Schneider. In our wide-ranging conversation we talk about balancing financial investment with long-term environmental safety, utilizing free recycled fuel sources to fire kilns, and best practices for establishing a waste free studio. This episode was taped in front of a live studio audience at the Odyssey Center for Ceramic Art in Asheville, NC.

 

Gabriel Kline is a potter and the director of the Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts in Asheville, NC. To find out more information about Gabriel please visit www.odysseyceramicarts.com.

 

Kent Mclaughlin is a potter based near Bakersville, NC. Along with his wife Suze Lindsay he runs Fork Mountain Pottery. For more information on Kent please visit www.forkmountainpottery.com.

 

Erica Schneider is the communications director for Sundance Power and an advocate for the adoption of clean energy technologies. For more information on Erica please visit www.sundancepower.com.

122: Linda Christianson on digging through self-doubt to find creativity

Oct 23, 2015 01:05:43

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Linda Christianson. Working in rural Minnesota, Christianson makes wood fired pottery that is simple and direct. Embracing process marks she often utilizes graceful throwing lines and meandering trimmed edges as a core part of her aesthetic. Christianson’s soft touch remains visually intact even after the pots enter the harsh environment of a wood fired kiln. In the interview we talk about working through self-doubt, digging into the unknown for new ideas, and living in a rebuilt 19th century log cabin. For more information on her work please visit www.christiansonpottery.com.

121: Mark Pharis on using CAD to make ceramics for the edges of utility

Oct 16, 2015 01:10:49

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Mark Pharis. Known for his striking geometric vessels, Pharis has developed a system for slab building soft forms using templates and computer aided drafting. In the interview we talk about the influence of Warren Mackenzie, understanding the “inside hand” in ceramics and developing atmospheric surfaces for the electric kiln. In addition to his studio practice, Pharis is a Professor of Art at the University of Minnesota, where he has been teaching since 1985. For more information on Pharis please see his feature article in the November 2015 issue of Ceramics Monthly.

120: Randy Johnston on the growth of wood firing in North America

Oct 8, 2015 01:08:44

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Randy Johnston.  A working potter since the early 1970’s Johnston has been instrumental in the development of wood fired kiln technology in the United States. His early ceramic education included study with Warren MacKenzie and Shimaoka Tatsuzo, both noted potters influenced by the Mingei philosophy. Throughout his career Johnston has made functional and sculptural vessels that combine these early influences with an interest in African wood sculpture and the drawings of Robert Motherwell and Franz Kline.

 

In the interview we talk about working in Mashiko, Japan in the 1970’s, digesting the influence of another culture, and the growth of wood firing in North America. For more information on the Randy please visit www.mckeachiejohnstonstudios.com.

119: Mike Helke and Steve Rolf on developing a personal aesthetic and cultivating a successful model for selling work

Oct 1, 2015 01:07:15

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Mike Helke and Steve Rolf.  Both are established potters that work in the Western Wisconsin/ Southern Minnesota area. In the interview we talk about successful models for selling pottery, taking ownership of your life through creative action and balancing studio with family priorities. For more information on Mike please visit www.mikehelke.com. For more information on Steve please visit www.scrolfpotter.com.

118: Robert Briscoe on cultivating abundance and the history of the St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour

Sep 18, 2015 01:10:40

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Robert Briscoe.  A potter for nearly five decades, Briscoe utilizes colored slips and ash glazes to create rich stoneware surfaces. He is the cofounder of the St. Croix Valley Pottery tour, which has grown into the largest tour and sale of its kind in the United States.

 

In the interview we talk about the effect Vietnam had on his moral foundation, cultivating a philosophy of abundance, and the history of the St. Croix Valley Tour. For more information on his work please visit www.robertbriscoe.com. For more information on the St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour please visit www.minnesotapotters.com.

117: Warren Mackenzie on a lifetime in clay and what makes a good pot

Sep 12, 2015 01:18:23

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with one of the most influential members of the American studio pottery movement, Warren Mackenzie. After an early apprenticeship at the Leach Pottery in St. Ives, Cornwall (1949-1952), Mackenzie became a ceramic professor at the University of Minnesota (1953-1990). During his nearly four-decade tenure at the school, he influenced generations of students including Michael Simon, Randy Johnston, Mark Pharis and many more. At 91 he continues to make pots in his studio in Stillwater, MN.

 

In the interview we talk about his time at the Leach Pottery, pricing for domestic wares, and his thoughts on what makes a good pot. To see images of his work please visit the episode guide at http://www.talesofaredclayrambler.com.

116: Sarah Millfelt on developing new programs and successful management for nonprofit organizations

Sep 6, 2015 58:52

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Sarah Millfelt. As director of the Northern Clay Center, Sarah has been instrumental in the development of new programs like MN NICE, as well as ongoing projects like the American Pottery Festival. NCC is a full service ceramic institution serving the greater Minneapolis, MN area with weekly classes, national exhibitions, and one of America’s best ceramic sales galleries. In the interview we talk about building new programs, developing an active board, and successful management of a nonprofit organization. For more information on Sarah please visit www.northernclaycenter.org.

115: Amy Santoferraro on keeping work fresh and seeking wonder in everyday life

Aug 26, 2015 01:12:37

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Amy Santoferraro. Her colorful mixed media sculptures spring from a lifelong desire to collect and rearrange groups of objects. She says of her collections, “I love that any silly lil' ole object can become charged with meaning, history, sentiment, and the authority to tell stories.,,I relentlessly tinker with objects ceramicly until they fit and work in a way that is very mine.“

 

  

In the interview we talk about collecting, keeping work fresh, and seeking wonder in everyday life. In addition to her studio practice Amy is an Assistant Professor at Kansas State University. For more information on Amy’s work please visit www.mysanto.com.

114: Live from Minneapolis: Minnesota Clay with Eileen Cohen, Julianne Shibata, & Samuel Johnson

Aug 21, 2015 01:07:07

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a panel discussion with Eileen Cohen, Julianne Shibata, and Samuel Johnson. In our broad ranging conversation we discuss their personal histories, Minnesota clay culture, and understanding the impact of new technologies. This episode was taped in front of a live studio audience at the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, MN.

 

 

Eileen Cohen is a sculptor, arts educator and exhibitions coordinator at Silverwood Park in St. Anthony, MN. For more information on her work please visit www.eileendalecohen.com. Julianne Shibata is an installation artist and art educator based in Minneapolis MN. In 2014 she was a recipient of an Artist Initiative grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board. For more information on her work please visit www.julianeshibata.com. Samuel Johnson is a potter and Associate Professor of Art at the College of Saint Benedict and Saint John’s University. For more information on his work please visit www.samuel-johnson.com.

 

 

 

113: Ursula Hargens and Dustin Yager on the Minnesota New Institute for Ceramic Education

Aug 13, 2015 41:43

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a panel discussion on ceramic education with Ursula Hargens and Dustin Yager. Hargens is a ceramic artist, educator, and founder of the Minnesota New Institute for Ceramic Education. This nine-month studio intensive offers advanced students an in-depth study of ceramic history, professional practices and critical thinking. Dustin Yager is the Head of Educational at the Northern Clay Center, which hosts MN NICE in their studios in Minneapolis, MN. For the second part of the interview Dawn Malcolm and Juss Heinsalu join us to discuss their participation in the pilot year of the program.

 

 

For more information on Ursula Hargens please visit www.ursulahargens.com. For more information or to register for MN NICE please contact Dustin through www.northernclaycenter.org.

 

112: Aaron Nelson on the value of creative problem solving and embracing the cultural economy

Aug 7, 2015 58:19

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Aaron Nelson. Throughout a multifaceted career Aaron has mixed new digital technologies with a ceramic practice to create both sculpture and vessels. His recent interactive ceramic chandelier, Chain(ge), shifts color on command when texted from any location in the world. In addition to his studio practice Aaron is the artistic director of Medalta in Medicine Hat, Alberta. In the interview we talk about embracing the cultural economy, the value of creative problem solving, and the history of Medalta.  For more information please visit www.aaronnelson.ca. For more information on Medalta and the ceramic programming they have to offer please visit www.medalta.org.

 

 

 

Today’s episode is the final installment of Canada week, a series of five episodes featuring Canadian Clay artists from Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. For more information about Canada week please visit the episode guide at www.talesofaredclayrambler.com.

 

111: Clint Neufeld on large-scale slip casting and developing discipline in an art practice

Aug 6, 2015 57:00

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Clint Neufeld. Based in Osler, Saskatchewan, Clint utilizes large-scale slip casting to construct sculptural hybrids that reference the tools of heavy industry. Often presenting the objects resting peacefully on Victorian furniture his work humanizes the machine, while simultaneously championing the work ethic of blue-collar labor. In the interview we talk about large scale slip casting, the Canadian grant system, and developing discipline in an art practice. For more information on Clint please visit www.clintneufeld.com.

 

 

 

Today’s episode is part of Canada week, a series of five episodes featuring Canadian Clay artists from Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. For more information about Canada week please visit the episode guide at www.talesofaredclayrambler.com.

 

110: Walter Ostrom on pottery's conceptual potential and his illustrious teaching career

Aug 5, 2015 52:36

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Walter Ostrom. One of the early adopters of earthenware Majolica pottery, Walter has been a major influence on generations of North America ceramic artists. Through his almost forty year teaching career at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design he upheld functional ceramics as a conceptually rich medium that deserved equal footing in academia. To see images of Walters work please visit the episode guide at www.talesofaredclayrambler.com.

 

 

 

 

Today’s episode is part of Canada week, a series of five episodes featuring Canadian Clay artists from Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. For more information about Canada week please visit the episode guide at www.talesofaredclayrambler.com.

 

109: Joan Bruneau and Jim Smith on their philosophy around pricing

Aug 4, 2015 34:14

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Joan Bruneau and Jim Smith. Both are based in close proximity to Lunenburg, Nova Scotia, where they use local terra cotta clay to make highly decorated functional pottery. In the interview we talk about the difference between Craft and Handmade, as well as, their thoughts on pricing functional pottery. For more information on Joan please visit www.joanbruneau.com. For more information on Jim please visit www.jimsmithstudio.ca.

 

 

 

Today’s episode is part of Canada week, a series of five episodes featuring Canadian clay artists from Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. For more information about Canada week please visit the episode guide at www.talesofaredclayrambler.com.

 

108: Prince Edward Island Craft History w/ Henry Purdy and the Village Pottery Gang

Aug 3, 2015 01:31:41

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It's Canada week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast! I will be releasing one podcast per day featuring Canadian Clay artists from Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Saskatchewan, and Alberta.

 

 

Today’s episode features a conversation about the history of craft on Prince Edward Island with Henry Purdy, Ian Scott, and Daphne Large Scott. We talk about a wide range of topics including the era when TV first came to PEI, the back to the land movement and the School of Visual Arts at Holland College. In the second part of today’s episode I talk with Suzanne Scott about taking over the family business and how she uses social media to grow the audience for Village Pottery. For more information about Village Pottery please visit www.villagepottery.ca.

 

107: Alex Kraft and Anthony Merino on 50 Women: A Celebration of Women In Ceramics

Jul 24, 2015 59:58

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler I have an interview with Alex Kraft and Antony Merino. Both are established ceramic artists and co-curators of the exhibition 50 Women: A Celebration of Women in Ceramics. The exhibition will open in 2016 at the American Jazz Museum in Kansas City, MO and will be one of the major exhibitions featured during this year’s 50th NCECA conference. In the interview we talk about gender, dismantling hierarchies, and the challenges of curating a large scale exhibition. For more information please visit their Facebook page or YouTube Channel.

106: Richard Burkett on Ecuadorian Folk Pottery and developing Hyperglaze

Jul 14, 2015 01:04:59

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler podcast I have an interview with ceramic artist Richard Burkett. Spanning a 45 year career in clay, Richard has been a studio potter, sculptor, author, and educator. In the interview we talk about his travels to Ecuador, his teaching philosophy, and the creation of the glaze calculation software Hyperglaze. Richard serves as a Professor of Art at San Diego State University, where he has been teaching since 1989. For more information please visit www.richardburkett.com.

105: Shannon Sullivan on art consultants and working in Jingdezhen

Jul 3, 2015 01:02:13

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler podcast I have an interview with ceramic artist Shannon Sullivan. Her sculptural and installation works are inspired by mineralogy, microbiology and other scientific studies of the natural world. In the interview we talk about utilizing an art consultant, working in Jingdezhen, and Peter Pierce's research into maximum design diversity. In addition to her studio work Shannon is a Professor of Art at the College of the Redwoods in Eureka, CA. For more information please visit www.shannonmsullivan.com.

104: Forrest Middelton on appropriation and the language of pattern

Jun 4, 2015 01:17:04

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler podcast I have an interview with ceramic artist Forrest Middelton. Utilizing screen printing techniques Forrest has developed rich repeat patterns on his ceramic forms that show the influence of Iznik decorative art, as well as other middle eastern traditions. He states that his work looks at the "effects global influences have on the craft traditions", with a specific interest on how global commerce has effected aesthetic exchange.

  In the interview we talk about learning to speak the visual language of pattern, developing screen printing for three dimensional objects, and moving toward direct sales to increase profitability in a business. For more information on Forrest please visit www.flmceramics.com.

103: Paul Blais on working through illness and developing an effective podcast

May 28, 2015 01:00:12

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler podcast I have an interview with Paul Blais. Along with being an experienced podcaster, consultant, and podcast marketer, Paul has had a career in electrical contracting and lighting design. As the host of both The Potterscast and Doubt the Doubts, Paul delves into the business side of creative entrepreneurship and business management. In the interview we talk about working through illness, learning to live in the moment, and developing an effective podcast. For more information on Paul please visit www.thepotterscast.com or www.doubtthedoubts.com

102: NIgel and Cheyenne Rudolph on archeology, pottery and performance art

May 21, 2015 01:14:49

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler podcast I have an interview with Nigel and Cheyenne Rudolph. Both ceramic artists have roots in functional pottery and incorporate their experience in other professions into their art. Nigel's work as an Archeologist has given him access to traditional pottery in a historical context, while Cheyenne's time in the theatre influences her use of ceramic objects in performance art.    In the interview we talk about Florida archeology, understanding your influences as a maker, and establishing a cultural context for objects through performance art. For more information on Nigel and Cheyenne please visit www.rudolphclaystudios.com.

101: Jim Skutt on the history of Skutt Kilns and the developement of internet-based kiln monitoring

May 7, 2015 51:23

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler podcast I have an interview with Jim Skutt. After an early career away from the family kiln business, Jim returned to the company in 1987 where he has been an integral part of the company.  In the interview we talk about the history of Skutt kilns, the viability of microwave kilns for studio potters, and the development of internet-based kiln monitoring. For more information please visit www.skutt.com.

100: Guest Host Mark Shapiro interviews Ben Carter for a special 100th Episode

Apr 30, 2015 01:17:52

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler podcast we feature a special 100th episode with Mark Shapiro interviewing TRCR host Ben Carter. In the interview we talk about making a career in ceramics, the origin story of the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler and the archetypes people inhabit within the clay world. For more information on Ben please visit www.carterpottery.com or www.talesofaredclayrambler.com.

Guest host Mark Shapiro has been a dedicated studio potter for almost thirty years. He continues to fire the wood kiln he built shortly after moving from New York City to Worthington, MA in 1986. To find out more about his work please visit www.stonepoolpottery.com.

 

99: Joe Bova on developing a deft touch in clay and the erotic nature of creativity

Apr 22, 2015 01:12:03

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with ceramic artist and educator Joe Bova. Using biomorphic and zoomorphic subject matter, Joe creates hollow formed ceramic sculpture that serves as a vehicle for political, social and mythical narratives. His work has been widely exhibited in hundreds of group shows and more than fifteen major solo exhibitions spanning his decades-long ceramic career. In addition to his studio work Joe was active in the classroom from 1969-2007, when he was an integral part of building the ceramic programs at Nichols State University, Louisiana State University and Ohio University.

 

In the interview we talk about building a ceramic program in higher education, developing a deft touch in clay, and the erotic nature of creativity. For more information on his work please visit www.joebova.com.

98: Burnett, Cobb, and Peltzman on defining success

Apr 9, 2015 01:12:03

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a panel discussion with ceramic artists Jason Burnett, Sunshine Cobb, and Doug Peltzman. Our conversation covers many topics including seeking sources for constructive criticism, reevaluating life goals after accruing academic debt, and defining success early in a career.

 

Jason Burnett is an artist living in Gatlinburg, TN. For more information about his work please visit www.jasonbigeburnett.com. Sunshine Cobb is a potter living in Sacramento, CA. For more information on her work please visit www.sunshinecobb.com. Doug Peltzman is a potter living in the Hudson Valley area of New York. For more information on his work please visit www.dougpeltzman.com. 

97: Holly Hanessian talks about the significance of touch in the digital age

Apr 2, 2015 01:02:08

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with artist and educator Holly Hanessian.  Her most recent work Touch in Real Time explores the intimate nature of physical contact and its significance in the digital age. Part research and part social engagement Holly asks strangers to shake hands with a small amount of clay between them. This creates an object that concretizes an otherwise temporal experience. In the interview we talk about the value of touch and its foundation in neuroscience, incorporating new technologies into her clay work, and the difference between art and research . For more information about Holly please visit www.hollyhanessian.com.

96: McKenzie Smith on Mingei, Miami, and making a living as a potter

Mar 20, 2015 01:12:02

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with potter McKenzie Smith. During early academic training as a musician he took a glaze chemistry class and has been a dedicated potter ever since. Working within the Mingei aesthetic, McKenzie references the colors and textures of South Florida where he maintains a studio. In the interview we talk about growing up during the drug wars in Miami, his understanding of Mingei, and the development of an inner journey in the studio. For more information about McKenzie please visit www.mckenziespottery.com.

95: Gustin, Long & Balistreri on wood firing and the creative value of chaos

Mar 14, 2015 01:18:20

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a panel discussion on wood fired ceramics with Chris Gustin, Matt Long, and John Balistreri. In the interview we discuss the community oriented nature of wood firing, the balance of chaos and control involved in the firing process, and the role commerce plays in introducing objects into the world.     Chris Gustin is an Associate Professor Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. Known for his sculptural vessels Gustin specializes in softly manipulated forms that have soft shoulders that pick up ash in a wood kiln. For more information on his work please visit www.gustinceramics.com.   Matt Long is a Professor at the University of Mississippi. Known for his functional porcelain pottery, Long specializes in communal drinking vessels such as flasks, bottles and jugs. For more information on his work please visit www.fullvictory.com.   John Balistreri is a Professor at Bowling Green State University. His monumental sculptures reference the structural components of boats, planes, and other hollow formed objects. For more information on his work please visit www.johnbalistreriartist.com.

94: Charlie Cummings on developing a gallery and embracing new technologies

Mar 5, 2015 01:13:00

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with gallery owner and artist Charlie Cummings. Through the Charlie Cummings Gallery he exhibits a variety of ceramic art with a focus on supporting artists early in their careers. His annual show Cup: The Intimate Object anchors an active curatorial program that includes both functional wares and sculpture. In his own art practice Charlie engineers multimedia installations that use technology to create sensory experiences that trigger the viewer's sense of awe and wonder.

  In the interview we discuss the difference between documentation and art, cultivating a collector base for a gallery, and developing the M.E.T.A curriculum for artists and engineers. For more information on Charlie's work please visit www.charliecummings.com. For more information on the gallery please visit www.claylink.com.  
This episode of Tales of the Red Clay Rambler Podcast is presented in conjunction with Pottery Making Illustrated. PMI provides intermediate to advanced potters with practical techniques, tips and information for the studio. To read a feature on today’s guest Charlie Cummings, check out the March 2015 issue of PMI in print, or online at www.ceramicartsdaily.org/pottery-making-illustrated.

 

93: Matt Schiemann on shaping a residency program and embracing opportunity

Feb 19, 2015 01:06:41

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Matt Schiemann. Matt creates full bodied functional forms that showcase flame patterns from the Anagama and Train kilns he fires in St. Petersburg, FL. In the interview we talk about shaping the Morean Center for Clay's artist-in-residence program, being an optimist, and capitalizing on the opportunities that come across your path. For more information on Matt's work please visit www.matthewschiemannpottery.com.

92: Linda Arbuckle on the value of handmade and creating a conceptual frame work for functional pottery

Feb 13, 2015 01:10:45

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with potter and educator Linda Arbuckle. A master of the majolica process Linda is known for her fluid brush work and keen sense of color. In addition to her studio work Linda has been active in the classroom for three decades and is currently a professor of ceramics at the University of Florida. In the interview we talk about defining the value of handmade, creating a conceptual framework for functional pottery and her career as an educator. For more information about Linda please visit www.lindaarbuckle.com.

 

This episode of the podcast is exclusively sponsored by Ceramics Monthly; a magazine made by and for ceramic artists. For a feature on today’s guest Linda Arbuckle, check out the March 2015 issue of Ceramics Monthly in print, or online at www.ceramicsmonthly.org.

91: William Daley on the triumvirate of creativity and the nature of intuition

Feb 7, 2015 01:11:04

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with William Daley. Throughout his seventy year career he has created large scale terra cotta works that expand the boundaries of the contemporary vessel. A noted educator, Bill spent over forty years teaching in higher education and has received numerous awards of distinction from the College Art Association, American Craft Council, the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and many others institutions. In the interview we talk about his triumvirate of creativity, the true nature of intuition and looking forward at ninety. For more information on his work please visit www.williamdaley.net.

90: Patrick Coughlin on mastery of craft in art education and the social history of pattern

Feb 4, 2015 01:17:05

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Patrick Coughlin. Anchored in a long time ceramic studio practice Patrick creates mixed media sculpture that looks at the history and value of labor across craft media. In a statement about his recent exhibition Tools of the Trade he says,  "My work is both elegy and ballad, aiming to depict the hidden beauty and value in the knowledge of process, and the joy of committing it. The act of making becomes a performance of my own heritage; working with dirt, tool and sweat of brow." In the interview we talk about developing a body of work post graduate school, the need for craft mastery in art education, and the social history of pattern. For more information on his work please visit www.patrickcoughlin.com.

89: Mark Shapiro on the virtue of handmade and the "ethical" pot

Jan 24, 2015 01:36:20

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with potter Mark Shapiro. After an early career as a carpenter and metal sculptor Shapiro has been a dedicated studio potter for almost thirty years. He continues to fire the wood kiln he built shortly after moving from New York City to Worthington, MA in 1986. In the interview we talk about the virtue of handmade, questioning the "ethical" pot, and Mark's efforts to establish and document an apprenticeship system for potters. To find out more about his pottery please visit www.stonepoolpottery.com.

88: Sam Taylor on balancing creative expression with financial stability

Jan 14, 2015 01:01:04

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with potter Sam Taylor. Working in Western Massachuetts since the early 1990's his Dog Bar studio is nestled between the Connecticut River Valley and the hills of the Berkshire mountains. Influenced by the pottery of Michael Simon, and other American Mingei potters, Taylor has developed a keen eye for dividing decorative space on his wood fired forms. Leaning on a graphic sensibility he uses high contrast slips and brush work to enliven his functional forms. In the interview we talk about being influenced by artistic peers and balancing creative expression with the need for financial stability. For more information on Sam please visit www.dogbarpottery.com

87: Daniel Ricardo Teran and Naomi Cleary on investing in the inner city

Jan 3, 2015 58:25

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Daniel Ricardo Teran and Naomi Cleary. Both accomplished potters they have exhibited their functional pottery in galleries across the United States. In addition to studio work Naomi is the manager of Sales, Online Marketing and Communications at the Clay Studio and Daniel has been an instructor at many Philadelphia ceramic institutions. 

 

One of the unique aspects of their story is the decision to purchase and renovate a dilapidated home in Philadelphia. In the interview we talk about living and investing in the inner city, managing studio with family responsibilities, and planning for the future. For more information on Daniel's work please visit www.danielricardoteran.com. For more information on Naomi's work please visit her profile on Art Axis. 

86: Sandi Pierantozzi and Neil Patterson on nurturing creative community in an urban environment

Dec 23, 2014 01:01:28

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Sandi Pierantozzi and Neil Patterson. A long time staple of the Philadelphia ceramics scene they run the Neighborhood Potters studio on Fairmont Avenue. In the interview we talk about nurturing creative community in an urban environment, embracing the exploratory nature of a new body of work and their ongoing relationship with the Craft Emergency Relief Fund. For more information on their work please visit www.sandiandneil.com. For more information on C. E. R. F. + please visit www.craftemergency.org.

85: Live from Philadelphia - Silverman, Strand, & Gebhart talk about Design

Dec 13, 2014 01:13:58

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a live episode with Bobby Silverman, Michael Strand and Tina Gebhart. We discuss a broad spectrum of design related topics including education, the role of handmade in the contemporary design studio, and the ever changing boundaries of good taste. This episode was taped in front of a live studio audience at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, PA as part of Design Philadelphia

84: Thanksgiving Special: A look into Food, Objects, and Memory

Nov 27, 2014 01:06:51

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I delve into the relationship between food, objects, and memory. The episode features fifteen short interviews with a mixture of artists, curators, and collectors. All participants were asked, "What is your favorite food, and how would you like it to be served?" Their responses, both hilarious and sincere, show how eating rituals are foundational to building relationships with family and friends. The interviews were taped as part of the ArtKamp residency at Project Art in Cummington, MA. 

83: Evolution of The Studio Potter with Mary Barringer & Elenor Wilson

Nov 21, 2014 01:23:34

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Mary Barringer and Elenor Wilson. Although both are accomplished ceramic artists our interview is focused on their tenures as editor for the The Studio Potter journal. Established in 1972 The Studio Potter has had an active role in documenting and shaping the American pottery scene. 

  In the interview we talk about the history of the journal, balancing editorial duties with an artistic life, and the impact digital media has had on The Studio Potter. For more information, or to subscribe to the journal, please visit www.studiopotter.org. 

82: Live from Harvard: Ethan Lasser and Ezra Shales on the touch-friendly museum

Nov 14, 2014 01:05:05

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a live episode focused on craft and the museum with Ethan Lasser and Ezra Shales. We discuss the need for touch-friendly learning in museums, the role of craft in Boston's history, and the methods museums use to create meaning through the presentation of objects. This episode was taped in front of a live studio audience at Harvard Ceramics in Alston, MA.

81: Workshop 101 with Lisa Naples, Kate Maury, & Adam Field

Nov 8, 2014 01:21:40

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a panel on educational philosophy and workshop teaching featuring Lisa Naples, Kate Maury, and Adam Field. The discussion covers a broad range of topics including the role of criticism in education, vulnerability in teaching, and what qualities make for a perfect ceramic workshop. 

 

Lisa Naples makes pottery and narrative figures from her barn/studio in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. She has lectured and given workshops around the U.S. and Australia. For more information please visit www.lisanaples.com. Kate Maury is a studio artist at the Northern Clay Center and teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Kate Maury’s work is featured in both juried and invitational shows at regional, national, and international venues. For more information please visit www.katemaury.com. Adam Field is a studio potter and long-term resident artist at The Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana. He created the “HIDE-N-SEEKAH” social media event and has created a well known series of YouTube videos that are a resource within the clay community. For more information please visit www.adamfieldpottery.com.

 

80: Andrew Baseman on Make-Do's and Past Imperfect

Oct 30, 2014 54:07

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Andrew Baseman. An avid collector, Baseman has built one of the premier collections of "make-do's". These unique objects feature inventive repairs such as stapling, metal wrapping, and rattan weaving that were used to return them to functional service. Baseman photographs and writes about the unique history of each object and their repairs on his blog Past Imperfect: The Art of Inventive Repair. In the interview we talk about the history of inventive repair, how context changes the value of an object, and the role decorative objects play in the entertainment world. Please visit www.andrewbaseman.com/blog for more information on Past Imperfect.

 

When not collecting antiques Andrew is an interior designer specializing in set decoration for television and movies. He is currently the set decorator for the show Gotham playing on the Fox Network. In more than a few scenes he has staged ceramic pieces in Wayne Manor, the home of Bruce Wayne, the future Batman. Click here to see a clip of ceramics on the set of Gotham. 

79: Patsy Cox on NCECA and diversity in education

Oct 24, 2014 58:16

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with artist and educator Patsy Cox. A resident of Los Angeles, her installations comment on the dense urban landscape of southern California. The pieces are made from hundreds of cast and manipulated ceramic forms that are arranged in matrix-like patterns to fill the gallery space. She says of the work, "They are representations of the urban landscape, the mixtures of culture, race, identity, and a comment on how these factors appear in a particular space as defined by its confines and surroundings. "

  Patsy is currently a professor and head of the ceramics department at Cal State Northridge, as well as being a past president of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA). In the interview we talk about teaching in a diverse community and the symbolism behind her large scale installations. Please visit www.patsycox.com for more information on her work. 

78: Tony Marsh, Adam Field, and Wesley Hicks on fermentation and ceramics

Oct 19, 2014 01:25:26

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a panel discussion on fermentation and ceramics with Adam Field, Tony Marsh, and Wesley Hicks. In the interview we talk about food as a cultural identifier, the science and history of fermentation, and the Korean Onggi tradition. Along with Vipoo Srivilasa they have organized a celebration of the ceramic and culinary arts at the Long Beach County Museum of Art. The event, Ferment, takes place October 25th 6:30-8:30. For more information please visit www.lbma.org.

77: Vicki Grima on making a magazine in the digital age

Oct 9, 2014 01:01:02

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Vicki Grima. In addition to her ceramic practice, she has been the editor of the Australian Journal of Ceramics and the Executive Officer of The Australian Ceramics Association (TACA) for the last nine years. In the interview we talk about the qualities that make a successful magazine in the digital age, the responsibility of documenting Australian ceramic history, and how TACA can give practical support to studio artists. For more information about Vicki please visit www.vickigrima.com.au. For more information on TACA, or the journal, please visit www.australianceramics.com.

76: Mel Robson on the role museums play in helping us remember and forget

Sep 26, 2014 01:03:29

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with ceramic artist Mel Robson. During her multifaceted career she has approached the ceramic field from both the functional domestic object and the large-scale multimedia installation. She says of her work, "My ceramics practice explores ideas surrounding place and identity, and more recently, the ways in which we can develop a sense of place and belonging through observation and documentation of the natural world around us."


In the interview we talk about relocating to the central desert community of Alice Springs, AUS, her use of handwriting as an aesthetic tool, and the role museums play in helping us remember, or forget, our collective past.  To see examples of her work please visit Mel Robson Ceramics on Instagram.

75: Andy Ruble on surviving the teaching treadmill

Sep 5, 2014 01:08:52

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with sculptor Andy Ruble. The intricate structure of his hand built forms references both architecture and the organic biosphere. He says of his influences, "By observing and referencing details of our universe which range from the microscopic (dividing cells, mushroom spores, pollen, and bone structure) to the mammoth (large-scale bridges, refineries, and ships), I gather ideas for surface and form."


In the interview we talk about the value of pottery making as a starting point for sculpture, dealing with the "teaching treadmill", and the concepts behind his Structural Relic series. For more information on his work please visit www.andyruble.com. 

74: Joel Magen on California studio pottery

Aug 28, 2014 01:08:41

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Joel Magen. A potter for more than 30 years, Joel owns and operates Dark Horse Pottery in Davenport, CA. In our interview we talk about Marguerite Wildenhain's influence on California studio pottery, how ceramics fit into the back-to-the-land movement of the 1960's, and the evolution of Dark Horse Pottery. To see examples of Joel's work please visit www.darkhorsepottery.com

 

   

73: Linda Fahey on wholesaling for the design world

Aug 14, 2014 01:12:36

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with artist-designer Linda Fahey. After art school Linda's career veered in and out of the corporate world before she devoted herself full time to studio work in 2010. In recent years she has developed a body of hand-built ceramic forms that are decorated with nautical themes, linear drawings, and floral patterns. She sells her work through a variety of venues, including large retailers like Anthropologie, and smaller atelier shops scattered around the West Coast.

 

In the interview we talk about the value of obsessive routines, wholesaling in the design market, and Linda's love of the ocean. Building on her business background she recently opened a small design store called Yonder in Pacifica, CA. For more information please visit www.yondershop.com. For more information on Linda's work please visit www.ljfceramics.com.

72: Sam Clarkson on surfing and using plant-based fuels

Aug 5, 2014 01:04:07

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with studio potter and educator Sam Clarkson. Known for his functional pottery, he has shown his work across the United States and lectured in numerous art organizations including the Penland School of Crafts. In addition to his studio career he teaches at Cabrillo College. In the interview we talk about surfing, the similarities between teaching and coaching sports, and Clarkson's research into plant-based oil firing. 


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71: Alleghany Meadows on keeping studio life a priority and living in Nepal

Jul 22, 2014 01:15:20

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with studio potter and gallery owner Alleghany Meadows. Known for his functional pottery he has exhibited across the United States and lectured in numerous venues including the Penland School of Crafts, Alfred University, and the Archie Bray Foundation. In addition to his studio career he is a founding partner of the Harvey Meadows Gallery, the Art Stream Nomadic Gallery and the Studio for Arts and Works.

 

Along with his academic training Alleghany apprenticed with Japanese potter Takashi Nakazato and was a recipient of the Thomas J. Watson Foundation Fellowship, which allowed him to spend a year doing a field study of traditional potters in rural Nepal. In the interview we talk about the value of being immersed in another culture and keeping studio time a priority in the midst of a busy family and business life. For more information please visit www.harveymeadows.com.

70: Garth Clark on CFile and the evolution of ceramics in the gallery world

Jul 4, 2014 01:43:31

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast, I have an interview with Garth Clark. A noted critic, provocateur, and advocate for ceramics, Clark founded the Garth Clark Gallery with his partner Mark Del Vecchio in 1981. Over the next three decades the gallery became the flagship for contemporary ceramics in America. Clark has authored more than 60 books on ceramics and lectured at over 100 major venues including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and the Sorbonne University, Paris. His newest project CFile is an online periodical highlighting the role of ceramics in art, design, architecture, and technology.


In the interview we talk about his early life as a journalist, the evolution of ceramics in the gallery world, and the founding of CFile. For more information please visit www.cfileonline.org.

69: Live in Berkeley- Whitney Smith on crafting your story through social media

Jun 25, 2014 01:11:41

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast, I have an interview with Whitney Smith. Inspired by the natural world and the floral patterns of Art Nouveau, Whitney produces a variety of functional pottery in her Oakland, CA studio. In addition to being a  full-time potter Whitney has been a devoted blogger since 2006. Her direct and humorous writing style has drawn a world-wide following to her blog, This Artist's Life: Life in and Out of the Ceramic Studio

 

In the interview we talk about crafting your story through social media, selling online through Etsy, and dealing with burnout. You can find out more about Whitney's work at www.whitneysmithpottery.com. The interview was taped in front of a live audience at the 4th and Clay Studio in Berkeley, CA. 

68: Live from NCECA- Carole Epp, Michael Kline, and Adam Field on Virtual Clay

Jun 19, 2014 42:10

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a panel on social media featuring Carole Epp, Michael Kline, and Adam Field. The discussion covers a broad range of topics including self censorship, branding, and staying power. Virtual Realities, Material World was taped live at the 2014 NCECA conference in Milwaukee, WI. 

 

This podcast features the question and answer session that occurred after our individual presentations. To see a video of our presentations please visit the WatchNCECA channel on You Tube.

67: Carter Gillies on the five stages of learning

Jun 13, 2014 59:36

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast, I have an interview with Carter Gillies. A potter, educator, and devoted blogger, Carter maintains a home studio in Athens, Georgia. I discovered his blog a few years ago and he quickly became one of my favorite writers. He regularly tackles both the everyday and the extraordinary aspects of an artist's life. 

 

In the interview we talk about Carter's background in philosophy, his theory about the five stages of learning, and how selling online could change the way artists take risks in their studio. You can find more about his work at www.cartergilliespottery.wordpress.com.

66: Diana Fayt on creating meaning through symbols and storytelling

Jun 4, 2014 01:10:49

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast, I have an interview with Diana Fayt. With a background in painting and drawing, Diana uses scrimshaw techniques to create rich compositions filled with folkloric images and symbols of cultural identity. As the child of immigrants, travel, maps, and cultural mythologies have been a large part of her creative life. Through a lifetime spent traveling the world, she has acquired a unique sense of the role of culture in shaping personal narratives. She currently lives in San Francisco where she maintains a studio and exhibits her work across the United States.

 

In the interview we talk about life in San Francisco, her approach to symbols and storytelling, and the development of her online e-course The Clayer. You can find more about her work at www.dianafayt.com.

65: Ron Meyers on finding one's voice and how retiring energized his career

May 30, 2014 01:03:22

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast, I have an interview with Ron Meyers. Known for his highly decorated terra cotta forms, Ron has been a major influence in American low fire ceramics. He uses expressive painting and sgraffito drawing to create images of fish, birds, and other animal motifs that often have human characteristics. During his extensive career in ceramics he has taught at the University of South Carolina (1967-1972) and the University of Georgia (1972-1993). He lives in Athens. Ga where he maintains a studio and exhibits widely in the United States. 

 

In the interview we talk about finding one's voice as a maker, the development of his "usual suspects" characters, and how retiring from teaching energized his ceramics career. You can find Ron's work online at the Signature Shop, AKAR, and Red Lodge Clay Center.

64: Michael Simon on intuition and a lifetime of truth seeking in ceramics

May 21, 2014 01:05:44

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast, I have an interview with Michael Simon. After studying at the University of Minnesota in the late 1960's, Michael set up a studio in the Athens, GA area where he has been making pots for more than 30 years. From shallow round bowls to complex squared boxes Michael developed a unique approach to matching form with decoration. His images of fish, birds, trees, and other nature-based motifs are simple in their geometric orientation but bold in their iconographic impact. In the interview we talk about intuition, the influence of Michael's teacher Warren Mackenzie, and a lifetime devoted to finding truth in the pursuit of pottery.

63: Best of Season Two of the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast

May 14, 2014 53:33

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have the Best of Season Two. This compilation episode covers a wide range of topics including dealing with fear in the studio, wading through nostalgia to find authenticity, and balancing family life with an art practice. A huge thank you to all the listeners that took the online survey and emailed their favorite episodes from the last year. It has been a pleasure to produce the show and I look forward to starting Season Three in the near future.

 

The episode features excepts from interviews with Steven Hill, Richard Notkin, Bobby Silverman, Kyle Carpenter, Ron Philbeck, Michael Kline, Julia Galloway, Kristen Kieffer, Alex Matisse, Josh Copus, Lindsay Rogers, and Vernon, Pam and Travis Owens from Jugtown Pottery. For more information on these artists, or their interviews, please visit www.talesofaredclayrambler.com.

62: Molly Hatch on the factory as a tool and breaking into the design world

May 1, 2014 01:10:34

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Molly Hatch. Trained as a potter her career straddles the boundaries between art, craft, and design. From her home studio in Northhampton, MA she creates prototypes that are replicated in factories and sold through major design labels. While employing the labor of the factory she continues to push the aesthetic of the hand in her ceramic, fabric, and home ware designs. In addition, she maintains a foothold in the art market with large scale one-of-a-kind plate paintings that are shown in galleries and museums. 

 

In the interview we talk about a variety of topics including using the factory as a tool, the dynamics of class struggle in the art world, and her recent installation at the High Museum in Atlanta. For more information on Molly's work please visit www.mollyhatch.com.

61: Julia Galloway, Kristen Kieffer, & Michael Kline on trends in studio pottery

Apr 23, 2014 01:02:19

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a panel discussion with Kristen Kieffer, Julia Galloway, and Michael Kline on current trends in ceramic design. Our wide-ranging conversation looks at the effect of the internet on the way we see design, the pressures on young artists to succeed, and dealing with the restless personality of the artist.

 

Kristen Kieffer is a potter living in Baldwinville, MA. For more information about her work please visit www.kiefferceramics.com. Michael Kline is a potter living in Bakersville, NC. For more information on his work please visit www.klinepottery.com. Julia Galloway is a potter and educator living in Missoula, MT. She currently serves as a professor and director of the School of Art at the University of Montana. For more information on her work please visit www.juliagalloway.com.

60: Mark Hewitt on the value of the apprenticeship system

Apr 17, 2014 01:34:16

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Mark Hewitt. Born in Stoke-on-Trent, England, to a family who worked for Spode China manufacturing, Hewitt has been around ceramics his entire life. During college an encounter with Bernard Leach's "A Potter's Book" set him in the direction of studio pottery and towards the apprenticeship system of education. A major proponent of the system Hewitt spent years training with both Michael Cardew and Todd Piker. Upon finishing his training he moved to Pittsboro, NC where he has maintained a studio since 1983.

 

In the interview we talk about his time with Michael Cardew, the value of the apprenticeship system, and developing the confidence needed to run a major ceramic workshop. For more information on Mark's work please visit www.hewittpottery.com

59: Ben Owen III on the history of Seagrove and the art of story telling

Apr 10, 2014 59:25

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Ben Owen III from Seagrove, NC. He has been potting since the age of eight and is the sixth generation of the Owen family to work in clay. In addition to a childhood steeped in the family pottery tradition, Owen has a ceramics degree from Eastern Carolina University and has traveled overseas to study ceramics. In our interview we talk about the history of Seagrove, the art of story telling, and becoming an advocate for craft in North Carolina. To see examples of Ben Owen pottery please visit www.benowenpottery.com.

 

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58: The Owens Family on the history of Jugtown Pottery

Apr 2, 2014 57:35

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Vernon, Pam, and Travis Owens. They run the Jugtown Pottery in the Westmoore community just outside of Seagrove, NC. Jugtown's history stretches back to 1917 when the founders Jacques and Juliana Busbee started buying pots from local North Carolina potters to sell in their tea room in Greenwich Village, NYC. Although Jugtown has gone through many transitions in it's nine decade history the Owens family has been a main stay for much of its development. Vernon started working at Jugtown in 1960, for then owner John Mare, and has been working there ever since. 

 

In our interview we talk about the Busbee style, the stewardship of the nonprofit Crossroads Inc., and the evolving nature of tradition. To see examples of the Jugtown pottery please visit www.jugtownware.com.

 

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57: Sid Luck on whiskey, war, and the evolution of the Luck tradition

Mar 27, 2014 45:45

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with fifth generation potter Sid Luck. With his wood burning groundhog kiln he continues a family tradition of pottery making that has existed in the Seagrove, NC area since the early 19th century. Sid started making pottery for JB Cole in 1957 and though he has practiced other professions he has never stopped making pottery. He has been named a living treasure of North Carolina and is a recipient of the NC Heritage award.


In the interview we talk about whiskey, war, and the evolution of the Luck tradition. For more information on Sid's work please visit www.lucksware.com. Sid has been featured in numerous articles and two documentaries by Jim Sharkey. You can view a clip from the 1999 documentary Crawdad Slip at www.folkstreams.net

56: Live from the NC Potter's Conference: Brian Jones on Pottery, Podcasting and Posterity

Mar 18, 2014 01:01:36

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a live episode taped at the North Carolina Potter's conference. The episode features myself and Brian Jones presenting on Pottery, Podcasting and Posterity to a wonderful audience at the Sunset Theater in Asheboro, NC. In the interview we talk about creative competition, social media as ceramic advocacy, and developing a podcasting style.

 

Brian Jones is a ceramic artist and podcaster based in Portland, OR. He was an early motivator and inspiration for me to start the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast. You can find out more about his work and podcast at www.brianrjones.com. You can access his podcast directly by subscribing to the Brian R Jonescast on Stitcher and iTunes.

 

 

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55: Lisa Orr on the influence of Betty Woodman and color synesthesia

Mar 5, 2014 01:16:54

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with ceramic artist Lisa Orr. Based in Austin, TX she makes colorful earthenware pottery reminiscent of a garden in full bloom. She has developed a unique method of turning pots in bisque molds on a potters wheel. This achieves a softly manipulated form, which is then colored with runny translucent glazes. In the interview we talk about the influence of Betty Woodman, color synesthesia, and Lisa's documentaries on Mexican folk pottery. You can see more of Lisa's work at www.lisaorr.com. 

54: Lisa Stinson on the creative tension that comes from collaboration

Feb 28, 2014 47:41

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with ceramic artist and educator Lisa Stinson. I had the great pleasure of studying under Lisa at Appalachian State University. In the interview we talk about her teaching philosophy, why its so hard to make a good pot, and the creative tension that comes from collaboration. You can see more of Lisa's work at the Appalachian State University faculty gallery.

 

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53: Tommy Frank on pop culture and questioning masculinity

Feb 20, 2014 01:12:15

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with ceramic artist Tommy Frank. His current body of sculptural work uses the childhood piggy bank to address consumption and power in the American economy. His pig armies fill gallery spaces asking the viewer to question how we teach children the value of hoarding in our society.  In addition to his studio practice Frank is the studio manager of Red Star Studios in Kansas City, MO.

In the interview we talk about pop culture, masculinity, and the growth of Red Star Studios. You can see more of Tommy's work at www.frankarts.com. For more information on Red Star Studios please visit www.redstarstudios.org


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52: Live in Asheville: Josh Copus, Alex Matisse and Lindsay Rogers on farm-to-table and ceramics

Feb 12, 2014 01:23:22

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a live episode featuring Josh Copus, Alex Matisse, and Lindsay Rogers. Our discussion centers around the crossover between farm-to-table dining and the ceramic world. In the interview we talk about the basics of farm-to-table, the search for authenticity, and designing site specific ware for a restaurant setting. 
Josh Copus is a studio potter and co-founder of the Clayspace Co-op in Asheville, NC. www.joshcopus.com. Alex Matisse is a studio potter and founder of East Fork Pottery in Madison County, NC. www.eastforkpottery.com. Lindsay Rogers is a studio potter based in Asheville, NC. www.lindsayrogersceramics.com. The discussion was taped live at the Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts in Asheville, NC. To find our more about the programs the Odyssey Center has to offer please visit www.odysseyceramicarts.com.

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51: Michael Kline, Kyle Carpenter, and Ron Philbeck on making a living as a potter

Feb 4, 2014 01:35:40

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I am featuring a panel discussion on the nuts and bolts of making a living as a potter with Michael Kline, Kyle Carpenter, and Ron Philbeck. The conversation covers a wide variety of topics including building an audience, saving for retirement, and dealing with health insurance. 

Michael Kline maintains a studio in Bakersville, NC. Along with making pottery, he teaches workshops and maintains the popular ceramics blog www.sawdustanddirt.com. For more information about his work please visit www.klinepottery.com. Kyle Carpenter lives in Asheville, NC where he maintains a studio in the historic river arts district. For more information about his work please visit www.carpenterpottery.com. Ron Philbeck maintains a studio in Shelby, NC. For more information on his work please visit www.ronphilbeckpottery.com. All three of the panelists are active on Facebook, Instagram, and other forms of social media. 
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50: Matt Jones on Country Funk and the NC pottery scene

Jan 30, 2014 01:05:37

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with potter Matt Jones. During his time as an apprentice potter, Jones was deeply influenced by Mark SkudlarekTodd Piker, and the British studio pottery lineage that traces back to Michael Cardew. Jones currently maintains a studio in Sandy Mush, NC where he wood fires functional ceramics that draw inspiration from 19th/20th century American pottery, and other forms of ceramics that could be loosely defined as "folk" pottery.

 

In the interview we talk about the value of the North Carolina pottery scene, the relevance of folk art in contemporary life, and his relationship with ceramic critic Garth Clark. In 2011 Jones used his blog (Critique of a Critic) to engage Clark in a lively discussion about the role traditionally made objects, and their makers, have once they enter the fine art world. The discussion fueled Jones to push his work in new directions, yielding his "Country Funk" style. You can read more about their discussion and find out more about Jones Pottery at www.jonespottery.com. 

 

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49: East Fork Pottery with Alex Matisse, John Vigeland, and Connie Coady

Jan 23, 2014 01:41:48

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with the members of East Fork Pottery; Alex Matisse, Connie Coady, and John Vigeland. Alex founded the pottery in Madison County, NC after training with both Matt Jones and Mark Hewitt. East Fork Pottery's strongly thrown functional forms and slip-trailed motifs reference English slip ware, southern American ceramics, and an aesthetic that has become intimately linked with North Carolina.

 

In the interview we talk about the rites of passage that are embedded in the apprenticeship system, the athleticism involved in making big pots, and romanticizing the life of a country potter. For more information on East Fork Pottery please visit their website www.eastforkpottery.com.

 

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48: Emily Galusha on developing a leadership style

Jan 10, 2014 01:16:40

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Emily Galusha. She is the Director Emeritus of the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, MN. She has contributed to the NCC organization in many ways including service on the board of directors and seventeen years as the executive director. Under her leadership the organization changed locations, increased membership, and expanded its ceramic programing on a regional and national level.

In the interview we talk about developing a leadership style, approaches to pricing art objects, and NCC's signature event the American Pottery Festival. For more information on the programs NCC has to offer please visit www.northernclaycenter.org.

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47: Sarah Jaeger on the desire to create meaning through objects

Dec 25, 2013 01:07:27

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Sarah Jaeger. Known for her highly decorated porcelain pottery she has maintained a studio in Helena, MT since 1987. Her functional pottery has been exhibited widely and she has taught workshops throughout North America. 

 

Before becoming a potter Sarah studied literature and this early influence is reflected in her eloquent writing about hand made. "Despite the material abundance of our culture, it seems to me that we have been impoverished by the disjunction of beauty and handwork from utility that accompanied the industrial revolution and the hourly wage. When time became a commodity, it no longer made sense to make mere dishes by hand, and yet, as the jeweler and writer Bruce Metcalf has said, "handwork makes meaning, not just physical things."

 

In the interview we talk about the human desire to create meaning through hand made objects, as well as her love of pattern and volume, and the early days when she would skip class to spend more time in the clay studio. For more information on Sarah's work please visit www.sarahjaeger.com.

 

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46: Steven Hill on working the workshop circuit

Dec 17, 2013 01:14:54

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Steven Hill. A potter for over forty years, Hill has transitioned through many phases in his ceramic career including selling at art fairs, having gallery exhibitions, and managing a community studio. Hill was the founder of Red Star Studios in Kansas City, MO and is now a member of 323 Clay in Independence, MO. Hill is a much sought after workshop instructor who has taught in schools and craft institutions across the United States. 

 

In the interview we talk about learning to make pots in the hippie era, the artist ego, and being on the workshop circuit. For more information on Steven's work please visit www.stevenhillpottery.com.

 

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45: Live from Minneapolis: Linda Arbuckle, Doug Casebeer, and Alleghany Meadows on mentorship

Dec 7, 2013 01:06:57

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a panel discussion featuring Linda Arbuckle, Doug Casebeer, and Alleghany Meadows. Our discussion centers around the variety of forms that mentorship can take in the life of an artist. We discuss how objects, travel, and relationships with other artists have influenced each of the panelist's artistic development.

Linda Arbuckle is a studio potter and Professor of ceramics at the University of Florida in Gainesville, FL. You can find our more about her work at www.lindaarbuckle.com. Doug Casebeer is a studio potter and the artistic director of ceramics and sculpture at the Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, CO. You can find out more about his work at www.andersonranch.org. Alleghany Meadows is a studio potter and gallery owner based in Carbondale, CO. You can find out more about his work at www.art-stream.com. The discussion was taped live during the American Pottery Festival at Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, MN. To find our more about the programs that Northern Clay Center has to offer please visit www.northernclaycenter.org.

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44: Meredith Host on low brow culture and design nostalgia

Nov 28, 2013 01:24:36

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with ceramic artist Meredith Host. Her functional pottery is inspired by a myriad of disparate influences including mid-century modern furniture and patterns taken from the stippled surfaces of toilet paper. She is a full time studio artist and entrepreneur based in Kansas City, MO.

In the interview we talk about creating art that walks the fine line between attraction and repulsion, drawing inspiration from low brow culture, and experiencing an inherited sense of nostalgia for past eras of design. For more information on her work please visit www.meredithhost.com.

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43: Martha Grover on mining personal history for inspiration

Nov 16, 2013 01:00:24

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Martha Grover. She creates gestural porcelain pots that reference botanical forms and the female body. She says of the work, "I think of the fluid visual movement around a piece, as a choreographer would move dancers across a stage. Transmitting desire - there is a sense of revealing and concealing, a layering of details that serves to catch our attention immediately and then the details draw us in, to make a closer inspection." She currently lives in Helena, MT where she is a full time potter and the education coordinator at the Archie Bray Foundation.

In the interview we talk about mining your own personal history for inspiration, finding a niche in the clay world, and traveling the workshop circuit. For more information on Martha's work please visit www.marthahgrover.com

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42: Chef Paul Berglund on farm-to-table and the benefits of serving local food

Nov 8, 2013 36:52

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Paul Berglund, who is the executive chef at the Bachelor Farmer in Minneapolis, MN. Since 2011 the restaurant has garnered high praise for its Scandinavian inspired cuisine. In 2012 it was named to Bon Appetit's Hot Ten List of best new American restaurants and was nominated for the prestigious James Beard Award for best new restaurant in America. In the interview we talk about the farm-to-table concept, the benefits of serving fresh local food, and how design can accentuate the dining experience. For more information on Paul, or the Bachelor Farmer, please visit www.thebachelorfarmer.com.

 

 

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41: Evelyn Craft Belger on establishing a mission statement for an art organization

Oct 30, 2013 01:08:08

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Evelyn Craft Belger. She is the executive director of the Belger Arts Center and Red Star Studios in Kansas City, MO. Evelyn has been instrumental in the growth and display of the Belger Arts Collection, a private collection of thousands of contemporary art works, that is managed by the Belger Foundation and housed within the Belger Arts Center. In 2010 the foundation partnered with Red Star Studios to expand their facilities and increase their programing in the Kansas City area.

 

In the interview we talk about establishing a mission/vision statement for an art organization, the history of the Belger collection and guiding Red Star into its newest phase of growth. To learn more about the Belger Collection please visit www.belgerartscenter.org. To find our more about the programs Red Star has to offer please visit www.redstarstudios.org.

 

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40: Live from KC: Cary Esser, Tommy Frank, and Meredith Host on the business of Art

Oct 20, 2013 01:22:27

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a panel discussion featuring Cary Esser, Meredith Host and Tommy Frank. Each panelist is a ceramic artist that balances their art career with a business oriented profession. Our discussion centers around how creativity is an asset in the business world. Cary Esser is a professor and chair of the ceramics department at the Kansas City Art Institute. You can find our more about her architectural tile and sculpture at www.caryesser.com. Meredith Host is a full time studio artist and entrepreneur who has developed the Dot Dot Dash and Folded Pigs lines of dinnerware. You can find out more about her work at www.meredithhost.com. Tommy Frank is the studio manager of Red Star Studios. You can find our more about his sculptural ceramics at www.frankarts.com. The discussion was taped live at Red Star Studios in Kansas City, MO. To find our more about the programs Red Star has to offer please visit www.redstarstudios.org.

 

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39-2: Richard Notkin on Vietnam and developing a collector base

Oct 12, 2013 46:29

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a double episode featuring ceramic artist Richard Notkin. Known for his protest art Notkin has approached a variety of subject matter during his career including the folly of war, the nuclear age, and global warming. His teapots and tile work can be found in numerous museums around the United States including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum and the Mint Museum of Craft and Design.

 

In the interview we talk about establishing a visual language, the influence of the Vietnam War and developing a collector base. For more information on his work you can visit Richard's Art Axis page or click here to see the PBS Craft in America segment that featured Richard's work.

 

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39-1: Richard Notkin on establishing a visual language

Oct 12, 2013 01:09:56

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a double episode featuring ceramic artist Richard Notkin. Known for his protest art Notkin has approached a variety of subject matter during his career including the folly of war, the nuclear age, and global warming. His teapots and tile work can be found in numerous museums around the United States including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum and the Mint Museum of Craft and Design.

 

In the interview we talk about establishing a visual language, the influence of the Vietnam War and developing a collector base. For more information on his work you can visit Richard's Art Axis page or click here to see the PBS Craft in America segment that featured Richard's work.

 

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38: Steve Lee on shaping culture and the Archie Bray Foundation

Oct 5, 2013 01:16:04

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with ceramic artist Steve Lee. At first glance his porcelain ceramics appear to be traditional Asian vessels but a closer glance reveals pop culture icons and contemporary subject matter. He says of the work, "The pieces I create appropriate elements of form, decoration, color, image and material that are distinct to a particular culture or history. The viewer is left to construct the context and narrative of the object or image based on his or her own perspective and experience. I strive to create work that has the ability to transgress boundaries of all types—geographic, cultural, contextual and visual." His most recent body of work, "Deconstructed", questions the relevance of an object that fails at its original function. For this series he harnesses the fickle nature of porcelain to create vessels that partially collapse as they are fired in the kiln.

In the interview we talk about living in China, the role museums play in shaping culture, and his relationship with the Archie Bray Foundation, where he has been the resident director since 2006. For more information on Steve please visit www.stevenyounglee.com. For more information on the Archie Bray Foundation or the residency programs that they offer please visit www.archiebray.org.

37: Bobby Silverman on contemporary ceramic design

Sep 27, 2013 01:16:21

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with ceramic artist Bobby Silverman. Throughout his multifaceted career he has been an educator, designer and maker. He currently manages Alsio Design, a Brooklyn based company that produces ceramic tile for the residential and commercial market. 

In the interview we talk about  developing a ceramic design company, the pros and cons of ceramic higher education, and the relevance of the traditional pot in contemporary society. For more information on Bobby you can visit www.alsiodesign.com.



36: Tara Wilson on sustaining a career and putting down roots

Sep 20, 2013 57:45

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with wood fire potter Tara Wilson. The fly ash patterns on her functional pottery often reference the worn surfaces of geologic formations while her altered forms display a sense of volume often found in the animal world. She says of the work, "The rich surfaces of the vessels represent the natural world. Nature also inspires form, in some cases quite literally, as river rocks become saucers. Other pieces speak of this passion more subtly. Bases reference the landscape, evoking a sense of space and awareness of the land. Parallels can be drawn between geological processes and the atmospheric firing process. Pots physically capture and record their firing process similar to the way sedimentary and metamorphic rocks speak of their history."

In the interview we talk about putting down roots, sustaining a career, and wood firing as a way to build community. To find out more about her work please visit her website www.tarawilsonpottery.com

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35: Mel Griffin on the roots of creativity and the animal side of human behavior

Sep 12, 2013 01:14:20

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with ceramic artist Mel Griffin. Her functional pottery and large scale tile work use animal and landscape imagery to talk about human behavior and the way we relate to our surroundings. She says of the work, "Making and drawing allow me to investigate fluid and profound relationships between the body, handmade objects, and landscape, both inside the home and out in the world. Through imagery and metaphor, line and clay, I am exploring the manner in which corporeal experience, mindfulness, memory, and mood combine to create meaning in both everyday and imagined environments."

 

In the interview we talk about the roots of creativity, incorporating sport as a component of an artistic life and the animal side of human behavior. To find out more about her work please visit her website www.melgriffin.com.

 

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34: Chris Pickett on mid-century modern and the power of habit

Sep 5, 2013 01:15:19

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with ceramic artist Chris Pickett. His slab built pottery consists of inflated sculptural volumes decorated with saturated colors and low relief patterning. He says of the work, "With the appearance of being freshly constructed, the fullness of form allows these vessels to evoke a sense of play and ease. The generous volumes are metaphors for our own bodies that reference both the comforts of physical intimacy as well as childlike items, such as toys and stuffed animals."

  In the interview we talk about utility vs. function, the power of habit, and the influence mid-century modern furniture has on Chris's aesthetic. For more information on his work please visit www.chrispickettceramics.com. Chris and I will open an exhibition and offer a workshop this weekend September 6th and 7th at Red Star Studios in Kansas City, MO. For more information please visit www.redstarstudios.org.

33: Eva Champagne on the many interpretations of her hybrid sculpture

Aug 23, 2013 01:07:00

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with ceramic artist Eva Champagne. Her hybridized biomorphic sculptures highlight the infinity variety and unifying order that occur within the natural world. She says of the work, "By synthesizing abstracted formal references to animals, plants and geologic sources, I create intentionally ambiguous ceramic sculptures that exist in the fluid margin between categories. My aim is toward something composite that will challenge the habitual presumption that the object must be either one thing or another in favor of a more open “both/and/maybe” interpretation of form."

In the interview we talk about living overseas, the intellectual and spiritual interpretations of her hybrid forms, and her upcoming residency at the Gaya Ceramic Center in Bali. Eva has started a Kickstarter campaign to help fund her trip to Bali. To support her project please visit her Kickstarter site. To view more of Eva's work please visit her website eva-champagne.com.

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32: Courtney Murphy on her approach to pattern and form

Aug 15, 2013 01:03:34

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with potter Courtney Murphy. Her functional earthenware draws from a variety of influences including "simplified abstractions of nature, children's artwork, folk art, mid-century modern forms and shapes, as well as textiles, patterns and historical pots." She maintains a studio in Missoula, MT were she is an artist-in-residence at the Clay Studio of Missoula. 

 

In the interview we discuss our mutual love for Western North Carolina, her approach to pattern and form, and her experience making the rounds of the ceramic residency circuit. For more information please visit www.courtneymurphy.net, or to purchase her work please visit her Etsy site www.etsy.com/shop/courtneymurphy.

 

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31: Mel Griffin, Matthew McConnell, and Peter Christian Johnson on climbing the career ladder

Aug 8, 2013 01:16:24

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I am featuring a panel discussion on ceramic career paths with Mel Griffin, Mathew McConnell, and Peter Christian Johnson. The conversation starts by questioning the premise of an established career ladder in ceramics and evolves into a discussion about success, living a mobile life, and creating your own career path.

Mel Griffin is a potter based in Helena, MT. For more information on her work please visit www.melgriffin.com. Mathew McConnell is a sculptor and educator based in Fayetteville, AK. He is currently a visiting assistant professor at the University of Arkansas. For more information on his work please visit www.mathewmcconnell.com. Peter Christian Johnson is sculptor and educator based in La Grande, Oregon. He is currently an assistant professor at Eastern Oregon University. For more information on his work please visit peterchristianjohnson.com. All three of these artists have been long term resident artists at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT where the interview was conducted.

To subscribe to the Red Clay Rambler podcast on iTunes please click here. To add the podcast to your Stitcher Radio on Demand Playlist click hereYou can also stream the latest episode on the podcast tab for this site.

30: Sean O'Connell on developing self critique

Jul 31, 2013 01:01:44

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with potter Sean O'Connell. I met Sean in 2010 while he was making five hundred plates for the Salad Days Residency at Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts. He used the lobed plate form as a canvas to experiment with hundreds of pattern solutions for surface decoration. I admired his methodical approach to such a monumental assignment. I continue to see the same dedication to visual inquiry in his current body of functional tableware. He says of the work, "My curiosity is satisfied through the idiosyncrasies of each individual arrangement of form, the visual splendor of color and pattern, and the spontaneity of brushwork." 

 

In the interview we talk about developing self critique, assessing the value of a new opportunity, and the ongoing cycle of disappointment and reward associated with making art. You can find his work on Facebook and Etsy. For more information on Sean please visit www.seanoconnellpottery.com.

To subscribe to the Red Clay Rambler podcast on iTunes please click here. To add the podcast to your Stitcher Radio on Demand Playlist click hereYou can also stream the latest episode on the podcast tab for this site.  

29: George McCauley on making films and the evolving nature of student/teacher relationships

Jul 24, 2013 01:17:28

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with artist and Renaissance man George McCauley. Over his 45 year art career he has made pottery, mixed media sculpture, metal work, as well as being a cowboy, carpenter and movie producer. His self described "casual" approach to art making highlights the emotive quality of gestural mark making and loose brushwork. In the interview we talk about developing a unique artistic voice, the evolving nature of student/teacher relationships, and the film that he recently made about his mentor Ron Meyers. To learn more about the film please follow the Ron Meyers Film Project on Facebook. If you are interested in purchasing a copy of the film you can contact George through his website www.georgemccauley.com.

28-2: Adam Field on apprenticing in a Korean Onggi Pottery

Jul 18, 2013 55:36

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with potter Adam Field. Based in Durango, CO Adam produces a wide variety of functional ceramics ranging from intricately carved porcelain forms to massive Korean Onggi jars. He says of the work, "I am fascinated with antique artifacts, the way they can speak of mastery of lost peoples, places, and cultures. This inspires me to create works that both radiate history and capture my own place and time."

In the interview we talk about developing a market for your work, using social media to build community, and the year he spent apprenticing in a traditional Korea pottery. In addition to his clay work Adam is an accomplished videographer and photographer. You can find his images and videos on YoutubeInstagram and Facebook. For more information on Adam please visit www.adamfieldpottery.com.

28-1: Adam Field on social media and developing a market for your work

Jul 18, 2013 01:05:09

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with potter Adam Field. Based in Durango, CO Adam produces a wide variety of functional ceramics ranging from intricately carved porcelain forms to massive Korean Onggi jars. He says of the work, "I am fascinated with antique artifacts, the way they can speak of mastery of lost peoples, places, and cultures. This inspires me to create works that both radiate history and capture my own place and time."

In the interview we talk about developing a market for your work, using social media to build community, and the year he spent apprenticing in a traditional Korea pottery. In addition to his clay work Adam is an accomplished videographer and photographer. You can find his images and videos on YoutubeInstagram and Facebook. For more information on Adam please visit www.adamfieldpottery.com.

27: Matt Kelleher on cultivating curiosity

Jul 9, 2013 01:13:44

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with potter Matt Kelleher. He designs utilitarian ware with a keen eye for the architecture and edge quality of his hand built forms. He combines layers of poured slip with the soda firing process to create rich translucent surfaces that capture the mood and density of the Western NC landscape he now calls home. 

In the interview we talk about cultivating curiosity, escaping the boundaries of the artist statement, and working through the challenges a new life experience can create. For more information on Matt you can visit www.mattkelleher.com

26: Merran Esson on capturing the passage of time within an object

Jul 2, 2013 01:32:12

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with ceramic artist and educator Merran Esson. Her recent body of work springs from her two week excursion to a remote part of western New South Wales, Australia. She says of the trip, "I have always had an affinity with the land, having spent my childhood on a farm in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains, however, the geology and vastness of this recent exploration has brought a more organic resolve to this work. My interest in the collision between man and nature continues." This collision manifests through her sculptural vessels, which are at once reminiscent of the earth's crust and man-made metal structures, such as machinery parts and corrugated water tanks. 
In the interview we talk about learning to trust one's inner voice, capturing the passage of time within an object, and her role as the head of ceramics at the National Art School in Sydney Australia. For more information on Merran's work please visit www.merranesson.com.

25-2: Vipoo Srivilasa on breaking into the international art market

Jun 25, 2013 01:04:04

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with sculptor Vipoo Srivilasa. After immigrating from Thailand to Australia Vipoo has used ceramic sculpture to explore the similarities between his native and adoptive cultures. Over the past 16 years Vipoo has developed a body of porcelain figurines that mixes the blue and white traditions of East Asia with contemporary symbols of Australian identity. His work has been described as "a playful blend of historical Figurative and Decorative art practices with a health dose of Contemporary Culture."

In this two-part interview we discuss the artist ego, the gallery system, and breaking into the international art market. For more information about Vipoo's work please visit www.vipoo.com. 

25-1: Vipoo Srivilasa on the artist ego

Jun 25, 2013 01:13:26

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with sculptor Vipoo Srivilasa. After immigrating from Thailand to Australia Vipoo has used ceramic sculpture to explore the similarities between his native and adoptive cultures. Over the past 16 years Vipoo has developed a body of porcelain figurines that mixes the blue and white traditions of East Asia with contemporary symbols of Australian identity. His work has been described as "a playful blend of historical Figurative and Decorative art practices with a health dose of Contemporary Culture."

In this two-part interview we discuss the artist ego, the gallery system, and breaking into the international art market. For more information about Vipoo's work please visit www.vipoo.com. 

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24: Jill Foote Hutton on art as a catalyst for social engagement

Jun 17, 2013 01:09:32

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with ceramic artist and curator Jill Foote Hutton. Her totemic sculptures reference gods, monsters, and heros. She is interested in the psychological role these archetypes play in our society. She says of her work "There is an interminable distance between one human and another. In attempts to bridge the distance we climb through hierarchies and assumptions to find there are no monsters and there are no gods. Simultaneously we realize there are only monsters and there are only gods."

 

In the interview we discuss how art can be a catalyst for social engagement, the role collaboration plays in her studio, and her curatorial practice. For more information about Jill's work please visit www.whistlepigstudio.com. When not in the studio Jill is the gallery coordinator for Red Lodge Clay Center. To find our more about Red Lodge Clay Center please visit www.redlodgeclaycenter.com.

 

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23: David Hiltner on midwest landscapes and the commodization of corn

May 28, 2013 01:00:20

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with ceramic artist David Hiltner. His functional pottery and sculpture references the farming landscapes of the midwestern United States. He says of his work "I am interested in rural landscapes, silos, rolling hills, and furrowed fields. The patterns, textures, and colors translated into the vessel are memories, moments, and thoughts frozen by fire. These vessels are created to celebrate the land that inspires and sustains me."

In the interview we talk about his recent exploration of corn as a symbol for commodization, his love of the great outdoors, and his experience founding the Red Lodge Clay Center. In 2005 he left his position as an Associate Professor at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas to create a full service clay center in Red Lodge Montana. The clay center has grown to include an artist-in-residence program, gallery, and community clay classes. For more information please visit www.redlodgeclaycenter.com

 

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22: Julia Galloway on establishing a dialogue with ceramic history

May 16, 2013 01:10:35

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with ceramic artist Julia Galloway. Her functional porcelain pottery spans a wide range of subject matter and decorative motifs from architecture to cloud forms. She says of her work "A need for beautiful domestic objects and an instinctual drive to create things are tremendous dance partners for idea and desire." In the interview we talk about the role ceramic history plays in her life as an educator, her work ethic, and the way her visual language changed after moving to Montana. She currently serves as a professor and director of the School of Art at the University of Montana . For more information on her work please visit www.juliagalloway.com.

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21: Best of Season One of the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast

May 2, 2013 01:13:35

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To celebrate the one year anniversary of the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I am featuring a compilation of excerpts from Season one of the podcast. While all of season one's episodes are unique and enlightening in their own way, these clips raise topics that I haven't been able to shake out of my head. The episode features excerpts from interviews with Matt Long, Chandra Debuse, Christin Johansson, Nina Hole, Willow Neilson and Jason Burnett. I am eternally grateful to all the artists who took part in Season one of the podcast.

20: Prouty, Puryear and Nickel talk Comics, SciFi and the Anti-Hero

Apr 15, 2013 59:41

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast we have a panel discussion with Nate Prouty, Adams Puryear, and Richard Nickel. We discuss comics, SciFi and the role the anti-hero persona plays in American culture. The wide-ranging discussion starts with the premise that we are in the midst of a major aesthetic shift in ceramic arts. Under the influence of contemporary graphic culture the age of "round and brown" ceramics has given way to brightly colored forms heavily influenced by the narrative structure and style of comics and SciFi.

19: Emily Reason on running a pottery and writing a book

Apr 2, 2013 01:03:18

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with potter Emily Reason. She is the quintessential "potter's potter" making beautifully designed utilitarian ware for the table. Her newest body of work draws on both Chinese and North Carolina ceramic traditions.

 

In the interview we talk about her ongoing relationship with China, the nuts and bolts of running a studio pottery, and her experience writing a book on ceramics. Reason wrote the excellent book Ceramics for Beginners: Wheel Throwing for Lark Books in 2010. For more information on her work please visit www.emilyreason.com.

 

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18: Carole Epp on her approach to social commentary and Musing about Mud

Mar 18, 2013 01:30:32

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with ceramic artist Carole Epp. Her sculpture addresses social issues through the reconfigured forms of kitch figurines. She says of her work, "Cute on the surface, my work betrays its collectible figurine reference by subverting the idealist propaganda of historical figurines in exchange for the dark realities of contemporary humanitarian concerns."


In the interview we talk about her approach to social commentary, the darkness in her aesthetic and her excellent blog, Musing about Mud. For more information on her work please visit www.caroleepp.com. To view her blog please visit www.musingaboutmud.blogspot.com.

17: Jason Burnett on his youthful aesthetic and the image transfer trend in ceramics

Mar 4, 2013 01:21:42

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with ceramic artist Jason Bige Burnett. His colorful ceramics reference the illustrative style used to depict pottery in cartoons. Using screen-printing techniques Jason incorporates energetic patterns that give his pots a sense of youthful excitement. In the interview we talk about his aesthetic, the current image transfer trend in ceramics, and the yearly ceramic surface forum that he founded. He is currently an artist-in-residence at the Arrowmont School for Art and Craft. For more information on his work please visit www.jasonbigeburnett.com. 

 

16: Bill Griffith on ancient architecture and the growth of Arrowmont

Feb 19, 2013 01:27:39

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with American ceramic artist and educator Bill Griffith. His sculptural vessels reference dwellings and sacred structures. Often using atmospheric kilns Griffith develops rich earth-toned surfaces reminiscent of the prehistoric architecture of the Native American Anasazi, Japanese Haniwa, Mayan and Incan cultures. He says of his work "The beauty and strength of the exterior arch form is juxtaposed to the mystery and intrigue of the protected quiet interior spaces. For me, the work reflects the inward sense of need for dwelling space we all have within us."

For the past 25 years Bill has been the program director for the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. He has been instrumental in Arrowmont's development of a nationally renowned summer workshop program and year long artist residency. Among his many contributions to the greater ceramic world he is the founder and co-coordinator of the Utilitarian Clay Conference. This quadrinial gathering is one of the premier forums for potters to discuss the evolution of the vessel within the ceramics field. For more information on his work please visit www.billgriffithclay.com. For more information on Arrowmont please visit their website www.arrowmont.org.

15: Amanda Small on multidisciplinary education and creative system analysis

Feb 4, 2013 01:18:03

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with American ceramic artist Amanda Small. Her mixed media installations draw parallels between macro/ microbiological systems and cultural/interpersonal connection. In the interview we talk about the value of a multidisciplinary approach to education, traveling as a knowledge base for creativity, and her use of systems as a catalyst for sculpture.

She recently stepped down as the project coordinator at the Guldagergaard international ceramic research center in Skaelskor, Denmarkto focus full time on her studio work. As a recent recipient of a North Carolina Arts Council grant she has been awarded funding to establish a studio in her native Chapel Hill, NC. For more information on her work please visit www.amandasmall.com.

 

 

14: Christin Johansson on her alter-ego and the evolution of her career

Jan 17, 2013 01:09:16

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Swedish artist Christin Johansson. Her work ranges from ceramic sanitary ware to performative installation art. Her current body of work was produced under the influence of an alter ego, Augustine Adler. The dialogue between Johansson's creative selves fuels the creation of her sculptural objects, as well as providing the conceptual framework in which they exist.

In the interview we discuss the evolution of her career and the role Augustine played in creating her most recent exhibition, Her Alter Ego Universe. For more information on Johansson please visit www.christin.dk. For more infomration on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler podcast please visit www.carterpottery.blogspot.com.

13: Nina Hole on religious architecture and the development of a mobile building/firing process

Dec 28, 2012 01:19:09

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Danish ceramic artist Nina Hole. Her monolithic pieces are equal parts sculpture and performance art. With the help of building teams she constructs towering forms that are fired in place and unveiled at their peak temperature. Her "fire sculptures" have been built in a variety of environments including both urban and rural settings in Mexico, Denmark, Australia, the U.S. and many other countries.

In the interview we talk about the role religious architecture plays in inspiring her forms and the development of an easily mobile building/firing process. We also discuss the Museum of International Ceramic Art-Grimmerhus and the Danish ceramic residency Guldagergaard, both of which she had an instrumental role in starting. For more images of her work please visit www.ninahole.com. 

12: Dryden Wells on intuition and his time managing The Pottery Workshop Jingdezhen

Dec 6, 2012 51:06

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with American ceramic artist Dryden Wells. He utilizes molds to make multiple casts of an object which then serve as building blocks for his sculptural forms. He says of his recent work, "The multiples I am using are specifically segments of animals made with both hand-built and mold made forms. By fragmenting and stacking them, I am trying to obscure the initial subject and capture the evidence of a space and motion."

 

In the interview we talk about the role of intuition in his creative process and his time managing the Pottery Workshop Design Studio in Jingdezhen China. To see more of Wells' work you can search for his profile on Access Ceramics or Art Axis.

11: Shawn O'Connor on accessibility in contemporary art and developing a unique wood fire aesthetic

Nov 19, 2012 56:59

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with American ceramic artist Shawn O'Connor. Specializing in wood firing O'Connor uses flame and ash patterns to produce rich surfaces that emulate river rocks and rusted steel. He has a MFA from Syracuse University and has been a resident at the Watershed Center for Ceramic Art and the Arrowmont School for Craft.

As well as enjoying Shawn's work I like his writing about family dinning and wood firing. Writing about his work he states, "My home growing up was strongly focused around the family. Family dinners were important and rarely missed growing up. My extended family gathered quite often for social events such as birthdays and holidays that always revolved around food. I would like to extend this sense of comfort and warmth through my work to others who use it. "

"Firing with wood also came with my upbringing. I was raised in a rural Maine home that was heated with a wood stove during the cold winter months. This meant that the fire was constantly being fed in order to heat the house. This required a lot of work and attentiveness to the fire. Preparing a winter's worth of wood required many days of hauling, splitting, and stacking. This process was instilled in my life from an early age. I have always found the physical labor, the rhythm, and the sense of accomplishment that comes with this process enjoyable."

In the interview we talk about the influence of family dinning on the desire to make functional ceramics, accessibility in contemporary art, and developing a unique wood fire aesthetic. To see more of O'Connor's work you can visit his website shawnoconnorceramics.com. You can also find more about his work through the galleries that carry his work Akar Design, Red Lodge Clay Center, and The Clay Studio.

10-2: Takeshi Yasuda on living in the UK and developing his ceramic voice

Oct 28, 2012 01:20:41

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Japanese ceramic artist Takeshi Yasuda. Over his fifty year ceramic career he has received world wide recognition for his functional pottery. His latest body of work features celedon glazed forms thrown in porcelain. He often accentuates his forms with loose gestural lines created by the show turn of the potters wheel. 

 

 

Takeshi moved to the U.K. in 1973 and has maintained a studio there ever since. He has taught at various educational institutions including the University of Ulster, where he was a professor of applied arts. From 2005 to 2010 he served as the director of the Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China. 

 

 

In part one of the interview we discuss establishing his first studio in Mashiko, Japan. In part two of the interview we discuss the development of his ceramic voice, and his experience living in the U.K. If you would like to see more of Takeshi's work you can visit his website by clicking here

10-1: Takeshi Yasuda on Mashiko in the 1960's

Oct 28, 2012 01:03:16

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Japanese ceramic artist Takeshi Yasuda. Over his fifty year ceramic career he has received world wide recognition for his functional pottery. His latest body of work features celedon glazed forms thrown in porcelain. He often accentuates his forms with loose gestural lines created by the show turn of the potters wheel. 

 

Takeshi moved to the U.K. in 1973 and has maintained a studio there ever since. He has taught at various educational institutions including the University of Ulster, where he was a professor of applied arts. From 2005 to 2010 he served as the director of the Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China. 

 

In part one of the interview we discuss establishing his first studio in Mashiko, Japan. In part two of the interview we discuss the development of his ceramic voice, and his experience living in the U.K. If you would like to see more of Takeshi's work you can visit his website by clicking here

9: Shoji Satake on his subversive brand of social commentary

Oct 2, 2012 01:22:28

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with ceramic artist and educator Shoji Satake. His mixed media sculpture combines cast ceramic forms with found objects that are reminiscent of flowers growing from a rocky landscape. Now the head of the ceramics department at West Virginia University Satake directs their Morgantown campus as well as their long standing study abroad program in Jingdezhen, China.

 

In the interview we discuss his early work in politics, the evolution of WVU's ceramics program, and the social media projects that spring from his often humorous and subversive brand of social commentary. For more information on Satake's work please visit http://shojisatake.com.

8: Jazz Saxophonist Willow Neilson on musical improvisation and martial arts

Sep 17, 2012 01:07:23

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Jazz Saxophonist Willow Neilson. Nielson studied at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music before embarking on a music career that has taken him to Europe, Asia, the United States, and his native Australia. Settling in Shanghai in 2007 Neilson has become a seasoned member of the Chinese Jazz scene. His recent album Lighbulb Life incorporates influences of many world music traditions as well as public sounds he has recorded from Shanghai's streets. You can download Light Bulb Life through the album's band camp site.

 

In the interview we discuss his early musical influences, the affect martial arts has had on his playing, and the ability to loose oneself through musical improvisation. For more information about Neilson please visit his website www.willowneilson.com.

7: Carola Zee on the Dutch artist grant system and the development of her China studio

Aug 17, 2012 01:02:50

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Dutch ceramic designer Carola Zee. Her previous life as a graphic designer informs both her minimalist aesthetic and her use of computers in the design process. Her functional domestic wares start as CAD drawings before they are turned into plaster models and later slip cast with tinted porcelain. During the past eight years she has built Carola Zee Design Studio into a flourishing business with facilities in Rotterdam, Netherlands and Jingdezhen, China.

In the interview we discuss the Dutch artist grant system that helped found her business, the development of her China studio, and the challenges that come with making work in a foreign country. For more information on her work you can visit www.carolazee.com.

6: Caroline Cheng on Jingdezhen and the growth of the Pottery Workshop

Jul 27, 2012 54:06

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with ceramic artist Caroline Cheng. Her "Prosperity" series combines minature hand made porcelain butterflies and historical Chinese fashion styles to create contemporary sculpture. Along with the "Prosperity" series she also specializes in functional wood and soda fired tea ware. 

 

As the director of the Pottery Workshop she has created a multifaceted ceramic organization that encourages the exchange of technology and aesthetics between east and west. The organization has four locations in China that feature multiple education centers, galleries and an international residency.

 

In the interview we discuss the history of the Pottery Workshop, balancing two seperate bodies of work, and her recent experience working as a designer for the jewlery brand Van Cleef and Arpels. For more information on her work you can visit the Pottery Workshop website by clicking here. 

 

 

 

5: Nicole Teng on the founding of Brut Cake

Jul 13, 2012 59:02

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with multimedia artist Nicole Teng. Working under the name Brut Cake, Nicole designs ceramics, lighting, furniture and clothing. She is largely a self taught artist that transitioned into studio life after many years of marketing and gallery work. Her aesthetic has been influenced by a wide range of sources, including Art Brut and the Art Deco furniture of Shanghai's 19th century economic boom.

 

In the interview we discuss upcycling old materials into new forms, the balance between outsourcing and hand craft, and creating a clear marketing message. For more information on Brut Cake please visit their website by clicking here. You can also keep up with Brut Cake by "liking" their Facebook page.

4: Ba-Boom! on musical education in indigenous communities

Jun 25, 2012 01:08:59

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with musicians and educators Shon Klose and Svetlana Bunic. Working under the name Ba-Boom!, this two woman collaborative travels through Australia's Outback teaching African drumming and other musical styles in remote aboriginal communities. Their short term courses often culminate in a public performance, challenging the participants to overcome fear and cultivate self confidence. Their curriculm also addresses the physical well-being of the participants by teaching practical life skills like cooking, sewing, and physical fitness.

 

In the interview we discuss their experience working as traveling musicians, their cross disciplinary approach to education and their perspective on sustaining first world cultures. For more information on Ba-Boom! please visit http://ba-boom.com.au. For more information on the podcast please visit www.carterpottery.blogspot.com.

3: Janet DeBoos on working with indigenous communities and collaborating with Chinese factories

Jun 5, 2012 58:32

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with studio potter and educator Janet DeBoos. Reknown for her finely thrown porcelain work, Janet is featured in numerous museum collections and publications. She says of her forming methods, "I work at the limits of thrown porcelain, finishing all work whilst the ware is still wet on the pottery wheel, and throwing as thinly as it is possible to do without complete collapse. I do not turn or trim the porcelain... but try to always 'go with' the clay and retain the freshness of the act of making. It becomes almost a game that I play with myself-pitting technique against material." Her approach yields gestural forms that are expertly decorated with Chinese, British and Australia decorative motifs. 

 

In the interview we discuss her experience working with indigenous communities in Australia, her tenure as professor at the Australian National University, and her collaborations with Chinese ceramic factories. For more information on her work please visit the ANU website at http://soa.anu.edu.au/staff/janet-deboos. For more information on the podcast please visit www.carterpottery.blogspot.com.

2: Chandra Debuse on transitioning away from academia

May 18, 2012 01:14:37

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with studio potter Chandra Debuse. Her animated functional pottery serves as an imagined world where squirrels, rats and slugs engage in the often humorous activities that make up our human condition. She uses drop molds and throwing to create the bulbous forms that become environments for her characters to interact. She says of her art, "My work, in practice and product, reflects my approach to make-believe, which I identify through worlds of imagination, character, and landscape. I incorporate bouncing lines, candy colors, low relief and hand-drawn elements into my ceramic service ware, encouraging a sense of discovery and exploration. Illustrations of anthropomorphized animals and stylized humans employ exaggeration, humor, and metaphor to facilitate the viewer’s ability to capture the narrative and apply it to his or her own life."


In the interview we discuss transitioning away from graduate school, her recent distinction as a NCECA emerging artist, and the ideas embedded in her pottery. She will finish her residency at the Arrowmont School for Craft this spring and move onto to set up her own studio. For more information on her work please visit www.chandradebuse.com. For more information on the podcast please visit www.carterpottery.blogspot.com.

1: Matt Long on the dynamics of change in studio life

May 1, 2012 01:06:17

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This episode of the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast features an interview with American ceramic artist Matt Long. Known for his functional porcelain pottery, Long specializes in soda fired communal drinking vessels such as flasks, bottles and jugs. In the interview we discuss the dynamics of change in studio life, directing students through teaching, and traveling the ceramic workshop circuit. For more information on Matt and this episode please visit www.carterpottery.blogspot.com