Thu, 23 February 2017
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.
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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.
Fri, 17 February 2017
172: Wally Higgins on teaching at Alfred University and his time as a Tuskegee Airmen – Special guest Roberto Lugo
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.
Thu, 9 February 2017
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.
Sat, 4 February 2017
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.