Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast

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.

Direct download: RonMeyersFull_Podcast_REedited.mp3
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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.

Direct download: BLAAUWMichaelSimonFullPodcastEdited.mp3
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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.

Direct download: Best_of_Season_2_Full_Podcast_Edited.mp3
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