Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast

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.

Direct download: Omnus_Wally_Higgins_Full_Podcast.mp3
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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.

Direct download: CCS_Hopkins_Full_Podcast.mp3
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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.

Direct download: CCS_Shellenbarger_Full_Podcast.mp3
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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Peter and Laurie Pincus. The couple live in Rochester, NY where they maintain a studio and Peter teaches at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Peter designs vessels that have up to 170 mold parts, which allow him to visually break the pieces into hundreds of small blocks of color. Beyond being a technical tour-de-force, the pieces often defy visual logic making the viewer question the three-dimensional nature of the pieces. 
 
 
 
In our interview we talk about developing his mold system, the working relationship that Peter and Laurie share, and how focusing on a complex process can help decrease stress and anxiety. To see examples of his work please visit www.peterpincus.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.
Direct download: CCS_Pincus_Full_Podcast.mp3
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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Liz Quackenbush. An artist since her teens, she spent decades refining the maijolica technique that allowed her to paint vivid imagery on her forms. Since then she has explored many methods for making functional pottery. She has also directed generations of students in her 20-year tenure as a professor of ceramics at Penn State University. In the interview we talk about maturing as an educator, searching for the original source for patterns, and keeping it fresh in the studio. For more information please visit www.lizquackenbush.com.

 

This episode of the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast is brought to you by Simon Levin’s Mill Creek Pottery. Simon is pleased to offer a self-driven workshop called the Intimate Anagama - May 16th - May 29th in Gresham, Wisconsin. Workshop attendees will get individual instruction on loading and firing techniques as they complete their own work in the 120 cubic foot anagama. Simon and his apprentices will be present throughout the two weeks, offering guidance and a helping hand.  Have you ever wanted alone time firing a giant kiln? With a focus on first-hand experience, this workshop will help you gain a sense of ownership and accomplishment. The workshop also features demonstrations, critiques, shared meals, and humor, lots and lots of humor.  You will return home tired, inspired, and empowered with a full car of your own finished work. To maintain a focus on quality, registration is limited to 7.  More information on this rare opportunity can be found at SimonLevin.com.

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with four members of Objective Clay, a cooperative group that originated after its members where presenters at the Utilitarian Clay Symposium. I talk with Lindsay Oesterritter, Doug Peltzman, Jen Allen, and Deb Schwartzkopf about being creative within parameters, defining the objectives of a twelve-member group, and what it’s like to present at a symposium in front of your heroes. For more information on Objective Clay please visit www.objectiveclay.com.

 

Lindsay Oesterritter is based in Manassas, VA. www.loceramics.com. Doug Peltzman is based in Shokan, NY. www.dougpeltzman.com. Jen Allen is based in Morgantown, WV. www.Jenniferallenceramics.com. Deb Schwartzkopf is based in Seattle, WA. www.ratcitystudios.com.

 

This episode is the fifth and last installment of the Arrowmont-week series, recorded at Utilitarian Clay 7 held in Gatlinburg, TN in the fall of 2016. Part of the campus was recently destroyed by wildfires that burned large portions of Gatlinburg. To donate to the school’s rebuild fund please visit www.arrowmont.org/support. 

Direct download: Arrowmont_WK_Objective_Clay_Full_Podcast.mp3
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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Margaret Bohls. She lives in Lincoln, NE where she teaches at the University of Nebraska. She maintains a studio practice making functional pottery that references the history of Asian and European ceramics. In the interview we talk about helping students understand the meaning of objects and the value of bucking current trends to find an authentic aesthetic. For more information on her work please visit www.margaretbohls.com.

 

This episode is the fourth installment of the Arrowmont-week series, recorded at UC7 held in Gaitlinburg, TN in the fall of 2016. Part of the campus was recently destroyed by wildfires that burned large portions of Gatlinburg. To donate to the school’s rebuild fund please visit www.arrowmont.org/support. Every day this week I’ll release a new UC7 themed interview so check back tomorrow for a new episode.

Direct download: Arrowmont_WK_Bohls_Full_Podcast.mp3
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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Louise Rosenfield. After many years as a ceramics maker she turned to collecting functional pottery, and now has one of the premier collections in the United States. In the interview we talk about how to make a content-rich functional object, building a collection, and how we can encourage new buyers to collect ceramics. To see images of the Rosenfield Collection visit www.rosenfieldcollection.com.

 

This episode is the third installment of the Arrowmont-week series, recorded at UC7 held in Gaitlinburg, TN in the fall of 2016. Part of the campus was recently destroyed by wildfires that burned large portions of Gatlinburg. To donate to the school’s rebuild fund please visit www.arrowmont.org/support. Every day this week I’ll release a new UC7 themed interview so check back tomorrow for a new episode.

Direct download: Arrowmont_WK_Rosenfield_Full_Podcast.mp3
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Today on Tales of a Red Clay Rambler I have an interview with Joy Tanner and Will Baker. Together they operate Wood Song Pottery in Bakersville, NC, making individual bodies of atmospheric-fired ceramics. In the interview we talk about being resident artists at the Odyssey Center, striking out to start their own studio, and leaning on the ceramic process for inspiration. For more information on Joy visit www.joytannerpottery.com. For more information on Will visit www.williambakerpottery.com.

 

This episode is the second installment of the Arrowmont-week series, recorded at UC7 held in Gatlinburg, TN in the fall of 2016. Part of the campus was recently destroyed by wildfires that burned large portions of Gatlinburg. To donate to the school’s rebuild fund please visit www.arrowmont.org/support. Every day this week I’ll release a new UC7 themed interview so check back tomorrow for a new episode.

Direct download: Arrowmont_WK_Tanner_Baker_Full_Podcast.mp3
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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler I have an interview with Bill Griffith and Peter Beasecker. Together they coordinate the Utilitarian Clay Symposium, held every four years to celebrate utilitarian clay objects. In our interview we talk about the first UC held in 1992, the value of handmade in our time, and memorable presenter stories from past symposiums. For more information on Utilitarian Clay visit www.arrowmont.org. For more information on Bill please visit www.billgriffithclay.com. For more info on Peter please visit www.peterbeasecker.com.

 

This episode is the first of a series recorded at UC7 held in Gaitlinburg, TN in the fall of 2016. To start the series we have a special guest appearance by Bill May, the director of Arrowmont. We discuss the recent wildfires that destroyed sections of Gatlinburg and the Arrowmont campus. To donate to the school’s rebuild fund please visit www.arrowmont.org/support. Every day this week I’ll release a new UC7 themed interview so check back tomorrow for a new episode.

Direct download: Arrowmont_Utilitarian_Clay_History_Full_Podcast.mp3
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