Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast

This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast, I have an interview with Diana Fayt. With a background in painting and drawing, Diana uses scrimshaw techniques to create rich compositions filled with folkloric images and symbols of cultural identity. As the child of immigrants, travel, maps, and cultural mythologies have been a large part of her creative life. Through a lifetime spent traveling the world, she has acquired a unique sense of the role of culture in shaping personal narratives. She currently lives in San Francisco where she maintains a studio and exhibits her work across the United States.

 

In the interview we talk about life in San Francisco, her approach to symbols and storytelling, and the development of her online e-course The Clayer. You can find more about her work at www.dianafayt.com.

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast, I have an interview with Ron Meyers. Known for his highly decorated terra cotta forms, Ron has been a major influence in American low fire ceramics. He uses expressive painting and sgraffito drawing to create images of fish, birds, and other animal motifs that often have human characteristics. During his extensive career in ceramics he has taught at the University of South Carolina (1967-1972) and the University of Georgia (1972-1993). He lives in Athens. Ga where he maintains a studio and exhibits widely in the United States. 

 

In the interview we talk about finding one's voice as a maker, the development of his "usual suspects" characters, and how retiring from teaching energized his ceramics career. You can find Ron's work online at the Signature Shop, AKAR, and Red Lodge Clay Center.

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast, I have an interview with Michael Simon. After studying at the University of Minnesota in the late 1960's, Michael set up a studio in the Athens, GA area where he has been making pots for more than 30 years. From shallow round bowls to complex squared boxes Michael developed a unique approach to matching form with decoration. His images of fish, birds, trees, and other nature-based motifs are simple in their geometric orientation but bold in their iconographic impact. In the interview we talk about intuition, the influence of Michael's teacher Warren Mackenzie, and a lifetime devoted to finding truth in the pursuit of pottery.

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have the Best of Season Two. This compilation episode covers a wide range of topics including dealing with fear in the studio, wading through nostalgia to find authenticity, and balancing family life with an art practice. A huge thank you to all the listeners that took the online survey and emailed their favorite episodes from the last year. It has been a pleasure to produce the show and I look forward to starting Season Three in the near future.

 

The episode features excepts from interviews with Steven Hill, Richard Notkin, Bobby Silverman, Kyle Carpenter, Ron Philbeck, Michael Kline, Julia Galloway, Kristen Kieffer, Alex Matisse, Josh Copus, Lindsay Rogers, and Vernon, Pam and Travis Owens from Jugtown Pottery. For more information on these artists, or their interviews, please visit www.talesofaredclayrambler.com.

Direct download: Best_of_Season_2_Full_Podcast_Edited.mp3
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62: Molly Hatch on the factory as a tool and breaking into the design world

This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Molly Hatch. Trained as a potter her career straddles the boundaries between art, craft, and design. From her home studio in Northhampton, MA she creates prototypes that are replicated in factories and sold through major design labels. While employing the labor of the factory she continues to push the aesthetic of the hand in her ceramic, fabric, and home ware designs. In addition, she maintains a foothold in the art market with large scale one-of-a-kind plate paintings that are shown in galleries and museums. 

 

In the interview we talk about a variety of topics including using the factory as a tool, the dynamics of class struggle in the art world, and her recent installation at the High Museum in Atlanta. For more information on Molly's work please visit www.mollyhatch.com.

Direct download: Molly_Hatch_Full_Podcast_ReEdited.mp3
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61: Julia Galloway, Kristen Kieffer, & Michael Kline on trends in studio pottery

This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a panel discussion with Kristen Kieffer, Julia Galloway, and Michael Kline on current trends in ceramic design. Our wide-ranging conversation looks at the effect of the internet on the way we see design, the pressures on young artists to succeed, and dealing with the restless personality of the artist.

 

Kristen Kieffer is a potter living in Baldwinville, MA. For more information about her work please visit www.kiefferceramics.com. Michael Kline is a potter living in Bakersville, NC. For more information on his work please visit www.klinepottery.com. Julia Galloway is a potter and educator living in Missoula, MT. She currently serves as a professor and director of the School of Art at the University of Montana. For more information on her work please visit www.juliagalloway.com.

Direct download: BLAAUWGallowayKiefferKleinFullPodcastReEdited.mp3
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60: Mark Hewitt on the value of the apprenticeship system

This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Mark Hewitt. Born in Stoke-on-Trent, England, to a family who worked for Spode China manufacturing, Hewitt has been around ceramics his entire life. During college an encounter with Bernard Leach's "A Potter's Book" set him in the direction of studio pottery and towards the apprenticeship system of education. A major proponent of the system Hewitt spent years training with both Michael Cardew and Todd Piker. Upon finishing his training he moved to Pittsboro, NC where he has maintained a studio since 1983.

 

In the interview we talk about his time with Michael Cardew, the value of the apprenticeship system, and developing the confidence needed to run a major ceramic workshop. For more information on Mark's work please visit www.hewittpottery.com

Direct download: Mark_Hewitt_Full_Podcast_Edited.mp3
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59: Ben Owen III on the history of Seagrove and the art of story telling

This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Ben Owen III from Seagrove, NC. He has been potting since the age of eight and is the sixth generation of the Owen family to work in clay. In addition to a childhood steeped in the family pottery tradition, Owen has a ceramics degree from Eastern Carolina University and has traveled overseas to study ceramics. In our interview we talk about the history of Seagrove, the art of story telling, and becoming an advocate for craft in North Carolina. To see examples of Ben Owen pottery please visit www.benowenpottery.com.

 

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58: The Owens Family on the history of Jugtown Pottery

This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Vernon, Pam, and Travis Owens. They run the Jugtown Pottery in the Westmoore community just outside of Seagrove, NC. Jugtown's history stretches back to 1917 when the founders Jacques and Juliana Busbee started buying pots from local North Carolina potters to sell in their tea room in Greenwich Village, NYC. Although Jugtown has gone through many transitions in it's nine decade history the Owens family has been a main stay for much of its development. Vernon started working at Jugtown in 1960, for then owner John Mare, and has been working there ever since. 

 

In our interview we talk about the Busbee style, the stewardship of the nonprofit Crossroads Inc., and the evolving nature of tradition. To see examples of the Jugtown pottery please visit www.jugtownware.com.

 

To subscribe to the Red Clay Rambler podcast on iTunes please click here. To add the podcast to your Stitcher Radio on Demand Playlist click hereYou can also stream the latest episode on the podcast tab for this site.

Direct download: Jugtown_Full_Podcast_ReEdited.mp3
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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with fifth generation potter Sid Luck. With his wood burning groundhog kiln he continues a family tradition of pottery making that has existed in the Seagrove, NC area since the early 19th century. Sid started making pottery for JB Cole in 1957 and though he has practiced other professions he has never stopped making pottery. He has been named a living treasure of North Carolina and is a recipient of the NC Heritage award.


In the interview we talk about whiskey, war, and the evolution of the Luck tradition. For more information on Sid's work please visit www.lucksware.com. Sid has been featured in numerous articles and two documentaries by Jim Sharkey. You can view a clip from the 1999 documentary Crawdad Slip at www.folkstreams.net

Direct download: BLAAUWSidLuckFullPodcastEdited.mp3
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