Thu, 19 March 2015
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.
Fri, 13 March 2015
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.
Wed, 4 March 2015
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.