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This episode features 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. For more information please visit www.lbma.org.
This episode features 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 what makes 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.
This episode features 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, 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.
This episode features 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 more examples of Joel's work please visit www.darkhorsepottery.com.
This episode features an interview with artist-designer Linda Fahey. 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.
This episode features 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 art institutions. 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, as well as keeping studio time a priority in the midst of a busy family and business life. For more information please visit www.harveymeadows.com.
This episode features 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 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.
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.
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 community service. Virtual Realities, Material World was taped live at the 2014 NCECA conference in Milwaukee, WI. This episode 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.
This episode features 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.
This episode features 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 personal identity. 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.
This episode features an interview with Ron Meyers. Known for his highly decorated terra cotta forms, Ron uses expressive painting and sgraffito drawing to create images of fish, birds, and other animal motifs, that often have human characteristics. 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.
This episode features 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.
This Best of Season Two compilation covers a wide range of topics including dealing with fear in the studio, searching for authenticity in a consumer society, and balancing family life with an art practice. 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.