Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast

This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with ceramic artist Caroline Cheng. Her "Prosperity" series combines minature hand made porcelain butterflies and historical Chinese fashion styles to create contemporary sculpture. Along with the "Prosperity" series she also specializes in functional wood and soda fired tea ware. 

 

As the director of the Pottery Workshop she has created a multifaceted ceramic organization that encourages the exchange of technology and aesthetics between east and west. The organization has four locations in China that feature multiple education centers, galleries and an international residency.

 

In the interview we discuss the history of the Pottery Workshop, balancing two seperate bodies of work, and her recent experience working as a designer for the jewlery brand Van Cleef and Arpels. For more information on her work you can visit the Pottery Workshop website by clicking here. 

 

 

 
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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with multimedia artist Nicole Teng. Working under the name Brut Cake, Nicole designs ceramics, lighting, furniture and clothing. She is largely a self taught artist that transitioned into studio life after many years of marketing and gallery work. Her aesthetic has been influenced by a wide range of sources, including Art Brut and the Art Deco furniture of Shanghai's 19th century economic boom.

 

In the interview we discuss upcycling old materials into new forms, the balance between outsourcing and hand craft, and creating a clear marketing message. For more information on Brut Cake please visit their website by clicking here. You can also keep up with Brut Cake by "liking" their Facebook page.

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with musicians and educators Shon Klose and Svetlana Bunic. Working under the name Ba-Boom!, this two woman collaborative travels through Australia's Outback teaching African drumming and other musical styles in remote aboriginal communities. Their short term courses often culminate in a public performance, challenging the participants to overcome fear and cultivate self confidence. Their curriculm also addresses the physical well-being of the participants by teaching practical life skills like cooking, sewing, and physical fitness.

 

In the interview we discuss their experience working as traveling musicians, their cross disciplinary approach to education and their perspective on sustaining first world cultures. For more information on Ba-Boom! please visit http://ba-boom.com.au. For more information on the podcast please visit www.carterpottery.blogspot.com.

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3: Janet DeBoos on working with indigenous communities and collaborating with Chinese factories

This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with studio potter and educator Janet DeBoos. Reknown for her finely thrown porcelain work, Janet is featured in numerous museum collections and publications. She says of her forming methods, "I work at the limits of thrown porcelain, finishing all work whilst the ware is still wet on the pottery wheel, and throwing as thinly as it is possible to do without complete collapse. I do not turn or trim the porcelain... but try to always 'go with' the clay and retain the freshness of the act of making. It becomes almost a game that I play with myself-pitting technique against material." Her approach yields gestural forms that are expertly decorated with Chinese, British and Australia decorative motifs. 

 

In the interview we discuss her experience working with indigenous communities in Australia, her tenure as professor at the Australian National University, and her collaborations with Chinese ceramic factories. For more information on her work please visit the ANU website at http://soa.anu.edu.au/staff/janet-deboos. For more information on the podcast please visit www.carterpottery.blogspot.com.

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with studio potter Chandra Debuse. Her animated functional pottery serves as an imagined world where squirrels, rats and slugs engage in the often humorous activities that make up our human condition. She uses drop molds and throwing to create the bulbous forms that become environments for her characters to interact. She says of her art, "My work, in practice and product, reflects my approach to make-believe, which I identify through worlds of imagination, character, and landscape. I incorporate bouncing lines, candy colors, low relief and hand-drawn elements into my ceramic service ware, encouraging a sense of discovery and exploration. Illustrations of anthropomorphized animals and stylized humans employ exaggeration, humor, and metaphor to facilitate the viewer’s ability to capture the narrative and apply it to his or her own life."


In the interview we discuss transitioning away from graduate school, her recent distinction as a NCECA emerging artist, and the ideas embedded in her pottery. She will finish her residency at the Arrowmont School for Craft this spring and move onto to set up her own studio. For more information on her work please visit www.chandradebuse.com. For more information on the podcast please visit www.carterpottery.blogspot.com.

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This episode of the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast features an interview with American ceramic artist Matt Long. Known for his functional porcelain pottery, Long specializes in soda fired communal drinking vessels such as flasks, bottles and jugs. In the interview we discuss the dynamics of change in studio life, directing students through teaching, and traveling the ceramic workshop circuit. For more information on Matt and this episode please visit www.carterpottery.blogspot.com

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