Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast

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.

Direct download: NCWOS_Brian_Harper_Carole_Epp.mp3
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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.

Direct download: NCWOS_Sue_Tirrell.mp3
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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.

Direct download: NCWOS_Mill_Creek_Woodfire.mp3
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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.

Direct download: NCWOS_Jacob_Meer_Ian_Connors.mp3
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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.

Direct download: MN_NICE_Simon_Levin.mp3
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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.

Direct download: MN_NICE_Red_Star_Residents.mp3
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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.

  

***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. ***

 

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.

Direct download: AMACO_Jessica_Brandl.mp3
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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. ***

Direct download: AMACO_Tyler_Lotz.mp3
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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. ***

Direct download: AMACO_Birdie_Boone.mp3
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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!

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