Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast (general)

Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Michael Hunt and Naomi Dalglish, a pottery-making couple living in the small Western, NC community of Bandana. They draw from Korean folk traditions and contemporary Mingei aesthetics to make utilitarian wood fired pottery. In the interview we talk about synthesizing influences, the value of working as a team, and their love for pottery that develops a patina of use over time. For more information please visit www.bandanapottery.com.

 

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by CFile, an online journal highlighting the impact of ceramics in art, design, architecture, technology, and studio pottery. Visit the newly redesigned CFileOnline.org to learn more about the latest ceramic trends and groundbreaking exhibitions happening around the world.

Direct download: Cfile_Bandana_Pottery_Full_Podcast.mp3
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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Timm Muth. With over 30 years experience in the energy industry, Timm has helped design and manage nuclear facilities, fossil fuel stations, hydropower, solar and wind power installations, and biomass resources. In the interview we talk about his time at the Jackson County Green Energy Park, which uses landfill gas to power its ceramic, glass and metal studios. For more information on Timm or the JCGEP’s artist-in-residence program please visit www.jcgep.org.

 

This episode is sponsored by AMACO, your one-stop-shop for all your ceramic needs. To find out more visit www.AMACO.com.

Direct download: AMACO_Timm_Muth_Full_Podcast.mp3
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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a panel discussion about green energy and sustainable studio practices with Gabriel Kline, Kent Mclaughlin, and Erica Schneider. In our wide-ranging conversation we talk about balancing financial investment with long-term environmental safety, utilizing free recycled fuel sources to fire kilns, and best practices for establishing a waste free studio. This episode was taped in front of a live studio audience at the Odyssey Center for Ceramic Art in Asheville, NC.

 

Gabriel Kline is a potter and the director of the Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts in Asheville, NC. To find out more information about Gabriel please visit www.odysseyceramicarts.com.

 

Kent Mclaughlin is a potter based near Bakersville, NC. Along with his wife Suze Lindsay he runs Fork Mountain Pottery. For more information on Kent please visit www.forkmountainpottery.com.

 

Erica Schneider is the communications director for Sundance Power and an advocate for the adoption of clean energy technologies. For more information on Erica please visit www.sundancepower.com.

Direct download: Cornell_Sustainable_Studio_Full_Podcast.mp3
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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Linda Christianson. Working in rural Minnesota, Christianson makes wood fired pottery that is simple and direct. Embracing process marks she often utilizes graceful throwing lines and meandering trimmed edges as a core part of her aesthetic. Christianson’s soft touch remains visually intact even after the pots enter the harsh environment of a wood fired kiln. In the interview we talk about working through self-doubt, digging into the unknown for new ideas, and living in a rebuilt 19th century log cabin. For more information on her work please visit www.christiansonpottery.com.

Direct download: Arrowmont_Brackers_Linda_Christianson_Full_Podcast.mp3
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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Mark Pharis. Known for his striking geometric vessels, Pharis has developed a system for slab building soft forms using templates and computer aided drafting. In the interview we talk about the influence of Warren Mackenzie, understanding the “inside hand” in ceramics and developing atmospheric surfaces for the electric kiln. In addition to his studio practice, Pharis is a Professor of Art at the University of Minnesota, where he has been teaching since 1985. For more information on Pharis please see his feature article in the November 2015 issue of Ceramics Monthly.

Direct download: CM_Mark_Pharis_Full_Podcast.mp3
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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Randy Johnston.  A working potter since the early 1970’s Johnston has been instrumental in the development of wood fired kiln technology in the United States. His early ceramic education included study with Warren MacKenzie and Shimaoka Tatsuzo, both noted potters influenced by the Mingei philosophy. Throughout his career Johnston has made functional and sculptural vessels that combine these early influences with an interest in African wood sculpture and the drawings of Robert Motherwell and Franz Kline.

 

In the interview we talk about working in Mashiko, Japan in the 1970’s, digesting the influence of another culture, and the growth of wood firing in North America. For more information on the Randy please visit www.mckeachiejohnstonstudios.com.

Direct download: Flower_City_Randy_Johnston_Full_Podcast.mp3
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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Mike Helke and Steve Rolf.  Both are established potters that work in the Western Wisconsin/ Southern Minnesota area. In the interview we talk about successful models for selling pottery, taking ownership of your life through creative action and balancing studio with family priorities. For more information on Mike please visit www.mikehelke.com. For more information on Steve please visit www.scrolfpotter.com.

Direct download: Flower_Mike_Helke_Steve_Rolf_Full_Podcast.mp3
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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Robert Briscoe.  A potter for nearly five decades, Briscoe utilizes colored slips and ash glazes to create rich stoneware surfaces. He is the cofounder of the St. Croix Valley Pottery tour, which has grown into the largest tour and sale of its kind in the United States.

 

In the interview we talk about the effect Vietnam had on his moral foundation, cultivating a philosophy of abundance, and the history of the St. Croix Valley Tour. For more information on his work please visit www.robertbriscoe.com. For more information on the St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour please visit www.minnesotapotters.com.

Direct download: CM_Robert_Briscoe_Full_Podcast.mp3
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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with one of the most influential members of the American studio pottery movement, Warren Mackenzie. After an early apprenticeship at the Leach Pottery in St. Ives, Cornwall (1949-1952), Mackenzie became a ceramic professor at the University of Minnesota (1953-1990). During his nearly four-decade tenure at the school, he influenced generations of students including Michael Simon, Randy Johnston, Mark Pharis and many more. At 91 he continues to make pots in his studio in Stillwater, MN.

 

In the interview we talk about his time at the Leach Pottery, pricing for domestic wares, and his thoughts on what makes a good pot. To see images of his work please visit the episode guide at http://www.talesofaredclayrambler.com.

Direct download: TBS_Warren_McKenzie_Full_Podcast.mp3
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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Sarah Millfelt. As director of the Northern Clay Center, Sarah has been instrumental in the development of new programs like MN NICE, as well as ongoing projects like the American Pottery Festival. NCC is a full service ceramic institution serving the greater Minneapolis, MN area with weekly classes, national exhibitions, and one of America’s best ceramic sales galleries. In the interview we talk about building new programs, developing an active board, and successful management of a nonprofit organization. For more information on Sarah please visit www.northernclaycenter.org.

Direct download: TBS_Sarah_Milfelt_Full_Podcast.mp3
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