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 Mel Robson. During her multifaceted career she has approached the ceramic field from both the functional domestic object and the large-scale multimedia installation. She says of her work, "My ceramics practice explores ideas surrounding place and identity, and more recently, the ways in which we can develop a sense of place and belonging through observation and documentation of the natural world around us."


In the interview we talk about relocating to the central desert community of Alice Springs, AUS, her use of handwriting as an aesthetic tool, and the role museums play in helping us remember, or forget, our collective past.  To see examples of her work please visit Mel Robson Ceramics on Instagram.
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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with sculptor Andy Ruble. The intricate structure of his hand built forms references both architecture and the organic biosphere. He says of his influences, "By observing and referencing details of our universe which range from the microscopic (dividing cells, mushroom spores, pollen, and bone structure) to the mammoth (large-scale bridges, refineries, and ships), I gather ideas for surface and form."


In the interview we talk about the value of pottery making as a starting point for sculpture, dealing with the "teaching treadmill", and the concepts behind his Structural Relic series. For more information on his work please visit www.andyruble.com. 
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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Joel Magen. A potter for more than 30 years, Joel owns and operates Dark Horse Pottery in Davenport, CA. In our interview we talk about Marguerite Wildenhain's influence on California studio pottery, how ceramics fit into the back-to-the-land movement of the 1960's, and the evolution of Dark Horse Pottery. To see examples of Joel's work please visit www.darkhorsepottery.com

 

   

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with artist-designer Linda Fahey. After art school Linda's career veered in and out of the corporate world before she devoted herself full time to studio work in 2010. In recent years she has developed a body of hand-built ceramic forms that are decorated with nautical themes, linear drawings, and floral patterns. She sells her work through a variety of venues, including large retailers like Anthropologie, and smaller atelier shops scattered around the West Coast.

 

In the interview we talk about the value of obsessive routines, wholesaling in the design market, and Linda's love of the ocean. Building on her business background she recently opened a small design store called Yonder in Pacifica, CA. For more information please visit www.yondershop.com. For more information on Linda's work please visit www.ljfceramics.com.

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with studio potter and educator Sam Clarkson. Known for his functional pottery, he has shown his work across the United States and lectured in numerous art organizations including the Penland School of Crafts. In addition to his studio career he teaches at Cabrillo College. In the interview we talk about surfing, the similarities between teaching and coaching sports, and Clarkson's research into plant-based oil firing. 


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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with studio potter and gallery owner Alleghany Meadows. Known for his functional pottery he has exhibited across the United States and lectured in numerous venues including the Penland School of Crafts, Alfred University, and the Archie Bray Foundation. In addition to his studio career he is a founding partner of the Harvey Meadows Gallery, the Art Stream Nomadic Gallery and the Studio for Arts and Works.

 

Along with his academic training Alleghany apprenticed with Japanese potter Takashi Nakazato and was a recipient of the Thomas J. Watson Foundation Fellowship, which allowed him to spend a year doing a field study of traditional potters in rural Nepal. In the interview we talk about the value of being immersed in another culture and keeping studio time a priority in the midst of a busy family and business life. For more information please visit www.harveymeadows.com.

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast, I have an interview with Garth Clark. A noted critic, provocateur, and advocate for ceramics, Clark founded the Garth Clark Gallery with his partner Mark Del Vecchio in 1981. Over the next three decades the gallery became the flagship for contemporary ceramics in America. Clark has authored more than 60 books on ceramics and lectured at over 100 major venues including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, and the Sorbonne University, Paris. His newest project CFile is an online periodical highlighting the role of ceramics in art, design, architecture, and technology.


In the interview we talk about his early life as a journalist, the evolution of ceramics in the gallery world, and the founding of CFile. For more information please visit www.cfileonline.org.
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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast, I have an interview with Whitney Smith. Inspired by the natural world and the floral patterns of Art Nouveau, Whitney produces a variety of functional pottery in her Oakland, CA studio. In addition to being a  full-time potter Whitney has been a devoted blogger since 2006. Her direct and humorous writing style has drawn a world-wide following to her blog, This Artist's Life: Life in and Out of the Ceramic Studio

 

In the interview we talk about crafting your story through social media, selling online through Etsy, and dealing with burnout. You can find out more about Whitney's work at www.whitneysmithpottery.comThe interview was taped in front of a live audience at the 4th and Clay Studio in Berkeley, CA. 

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a panel on social media featuring Carole Epp, Michael Kline, and Adam Field. The discussion covers a broad range of topics including self censorship, branding, and staying power. Virtual Realities, Material World was taped live at the 2014 NCECA conference in Milwaukee, WI. 

 

This podcast features the question and answer session that occurred after our individual presentations. To see a video of our presentations please visit the WatchNCECA channel on You Tube.

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast, I have an interview with Carter Gillies. A potter, educator, and devoted blogger, Carter maintains a home studio in Athens, Georgia. I discovered his blog a few years ago and he quickly became one of my favorite writers. He regularly tackles both the everyday and the extraordinary aspects of an artist's life. 

 

In the interview we talk about Carter's background in philosophy, his theory about the five stages of learning, and how selling online could change the way artists take risks in their studio. You can find more about his work at www.cartergilliespottery.wordpress.com.

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