Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast (general)

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.

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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.

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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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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Forrest Middelton, Arash Shirinbab, and Raeshma Razvi. Our discussion focuses on the collaboration between Middelton, a ceramic artist, and Shirinbab, a calligrapher. They have been working for the past year on an exhibition and performance titled “To Contain and To Serve.” The exhibition mixes functional ceramics with Persian calligraphy and Twitter posts to generate dialogue around political and social issues in Iran and America. Razvi is a documentary filmmaker that has been shooting the collaboration for future use in a film.

 

“To Contain and To Serve” will take place in the fall of 2017 at the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California in Oakland. To find out more about the event please visit ICCNC.org. To find out more about Forrest Middelton please visit www.flmceramics.com. To find out more about Arash Shirinbab please visit www.arash-shirinbab.com. To find out more about Raeshma Razvi please visit www.vimeo.com/RaeshmaRazvi.

 

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by the Canon River Clay Tour. Happening Father's Day Weekend, June 17-18, 2017, the event features eleven local clay artists and eleven guest artists from around the country. This self-guided studio tour and sale will include four stops surrounding the beautiful community of Northfield, MN located just 40 miles south of the Twin Cities. For more information on the tour visit www.cannonriverclaytour.com.

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Vicki Grima and Stephen Creech. The focus of our discussion centers around nation-wide open studio events that bring the public into ceramic artist’s studios as a form of outreach and education. The Australian Ceramics Association started their open studio in 2012 and provided the model for which the American version will start this year. October 13-15, 2017 artists across the US are invited to open their studios to their local community as a part of National Clay Week. For more information on how you can join the event visit www.nationalclayweek.org/openstudio.

 

Vicki Grima is the executive officer of the Australian Ceramics Association and editor of the Journal of Australian Ceramics. For more information about her ceramic work please visit vickigrima.com.au. Stephen Creech is ‎a cofounder of National Clay Week and the Director of Marketing at American Art Clay Company. To see examples of his ceramic work please visit www.instagram.com/creechoftheeast.

 

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.

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Thor Thoreson. A student of Marguerite Wildenhain from 1970-73, Thor talks about his time at the Pond Farm School and the influence of Wildenhain’s modernist teachings. He came to Pond Farm at the suggestion of Dean Schwartz, a ceramics teacher at Luther College who sent many students to study with Wildenhain. Schwartz later compiled the comprehensive text on Pond Farm, titled Marguerite Wildenhain and the Bauhaus: An Eyewitness Anthology. In addition to the interview, this episode features an audio tour of the surviving buildings at the Pond Farm School given by Thoreson.

 

Wildenhain immigrated to the US after studying at Walter Gropius’s Bauhaus school in Weimar, Germany. While there she studied with sculptor Gerhard Marcks and potter Max Krehan, later taking this master/student teaching style to Pond Farm. The school was founded in the early 1940’s seventy-five miles north of San Francisco by Gordon and Jane Herr. Pond Farm is now on the national register of historical places and is part of the California State Park system. For more information on visiting Pond Farm visit www.150.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=27610.

 

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.

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a panel discussion featuring Shannon Garson, Linda Fahey, Gerry Wedd, and Joel Blum. The discussion was prompted by the Omnus Terra: All Lands exhibition, which was curated by Garson and Fahey. Featuring seven American and seven Australian artists, the exhibition was aimed at cultural exchange and interpretation. They said of the project, “like the scientific expeditions of the great explorers, Omnus Terra reaches out to far flung nations bringing a cargo of exotic, mysterious, mesmerizing objects to a foreign shore. The artists explore the relationship between their landscape, ceramic history and culture, questioning the historical tropes of the ceramic medium through form and material.” The panel was recorded live in Portland, OR at Gallery 114 in conjunction with the 2017 NCECA conference.

 

For more information about Shannon Garson visit www.shannongarsonporcelain.com.au. For more information on Linda Fahey visit www.yondershop.com. For more information on Gerry Wedd search @gerrywedd on Instagram. For more information on Joel Blum visit www.fetishghost.wordpress.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.

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Graham Marks. He worked in ceramics from 1968 to 1992 making large earthenware vessels that are reminiscent of seeds, geodes and other earthworks. Along with an active studio practice he taught at Kansas State University (1976-1978), Rochester Institute of Technology (1980-1986) and was the head of ceramics/artist in residence at the Cranbook Academy of Art from 1986-1992. After becoming engaged in a protest movement against nuclear activity around Alleghany County, NY, he started to transition away from ceramics, with a desire to directly help his community. Around the same time he started studying acupuncture, training with noted English acupuncturist J.R. Worsley, and starting his own practice in 1995. He now maintains a private acupuncture practice in Manhattan, NYC.

 

In our interview we talk about his early training as a dancer, the role of structured improvisation in creativity, and his transition to acupuncture. To see examples of his clay work visit www.grahammarksceramics.com. To find out more about his acupuncture practice visit www.grahammarksacupuncture.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.

Direct download: AMACO_Marks_Podcast.mp3
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