Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast
56: Live from the NC Potter's Conference: Brian Jones on Pottery, Podcasting and Posterity

This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a live episode taped at the North Carolina Potter's conference. The episode features myself and Brian Jones presenting on Pottery, Podcasting and Posterity to a wonderful audience at the Sunset Theater in Asheboro, NC. In the interview we talk about creative competition, social media as ceramic advocacy, and developing a podcasting style.

 

Brian Jones is a ceramic artist and podcaster based in Portland, OR. He was an early motivator and inspiration for me to start the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast. You can find out more about his work and podcast at www.brianrjones.com. You can access his podcast directly by subscribing to the Brian R Jonescast on Stitcher and iTunes.

 

 

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with ceramic artist Lisa Orr. Based in Austin, TX she makes colorful earthenware pottery reminiscent of a garden in full bloom. She has developed a unique method of turning pots in bisque molds on a potters wheel. This achieves a softly manipulated form, which is then colored with runny translucent glazes. In the interview we talk about the influence of Betty Woodman, color synesthesia, and Lisa's documentaries on Mexican folk pottery. You can see more of Lisa's work at www.lisaorr.com. 

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54: Lisa Stinson on the creative tension that comes from collaboration

This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with ceramic artist and educator Lisa Stinson. I had the great pleasure of studying under Lisa at Appalachian State University. In the interview we talk about her teaching philosophy, why its so hard to make a good pot, and the creative tension that comes from collaboration. You can see more of Lisa's work at the Appalachian State University faculty gallery.

 

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with ceramic artist Tommy Frank. His current body of sculptural work uses the childhood piggy bank to address consumption and power in the American economy. His pig armies fill gallery spaces asking the viewer to question how we teach children the value of hoarding in our society.  In addition to his studio practice Frank is the studio manager of Red Star Studios in Kansas City, MO.

In the interview we talk about pop culture, masculinity, and the growth of Red Star Studios. You can see more of Tommy's work at www.frankarts.com. For more information on Red Star Studios please visit www.redstarstudios.org

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52: Live in Asheville: Josh Copus, Alex Matisse and Lindsay Rogers on farm-to-table and ceramics
This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a live episode featuring Josh Copus, Alex Matisse, and Lindsay Rogers. Our discussion centers around the crossover between farm-to-table dining and the ceramic world. In the interview we talk about the basics of farm-to-table, the search for authenticity, and designing site specific ware for a restaurant setting. 

Josh Copus is a studio potter and co-founder of the Clayspace Co-op in Asheville, NC. www.joshcopus.com. Alex Matisse is a studio potter and founder of East Fork Pottery in Madison County, NC. www.eastforkpottery.com. Lindsay Rogers is a studio potter based in Asheville, NC. www.lindsayrogersceramics.com. The discussion was taped live at the Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts in Asheville, NC. To find our more about the programs the Odyssey Center has to offer please visit www.odysseyceramicarts.com.

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I am featuring a panel discussion on the nuts and bolts of making a living as a potter with Michael Kline, Kyle Carpenter, and Ron Philbeck. The conversation covers a wide variety of topics including building an audience, saving for retirement, and dealing with health insurance. 

Michael Kline maintains a studio in Bakersville, NC. Along with making pottery, he teaches workshops and maintains the popular ceramics blog www.sawdustanddirt.com. For more information about his work please visit www.klinepottery.com. Kyle Carpenter lives in Asheville, NC where he maintains a studio in the historic river arts district. For more information about his work please visit www.carpenterpottery.com. Ron Philbeck maintains a studio in Shelby, NC. For more information on his work please visit www.ronphilbeckpottery.com. All three of the panelists are active on Facebook, Instagram, and other forms of social media. 
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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with potter Matt Jones. During his time as an apprentice potter, Jones was deeply influenced by Mark SkudlarekTodd Piker, and the British studio pottery lineage that traces back to Michael Cardew. Jones currently maintains a studio in Sandy Mush, NC where he wood fires functional ceramics that draw inspiration from 19th/20th century American pottery, and other forms of ceramics that could be loosely defined as "folk" pottery.

 

In the interview we talk about the value of the North Carolina pottery scene, the relevance of folk art in contemporary life, and his relationship with ceramic critic Garth Clark. In 2011 Jones used his blog (Critique of a Critic) to engage Clark in a lively discussion about the role traditionally made objects, and their makers, have once they enter the fine art world. The discussion fueled Jones to push his work in new directions, yielding his "Country Funk" style. You can read more about their discussion and find out more about Jones Pottery at www.jonespottery.com. 

 

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with the members of East Fork Pottery; Alex Matisse, Connie Coady, and John Vigeland. Alex founded the pottery in Madison County, NC after training with both Matt Jones and Mark Hewitt. East Fork Pottery's strongly thrown functional forms and slip-trailed motifs reference English slip ware, southern American ceramics, and an aesthetic that has become intimately linked with North Carolina.

 

In the interview we talk about the rites of passage that are embedded in the apprenticeship system, the athleticism involved in making big pots, and romanticizing the life of a country potter. For more information on East Fork Pottery please visit their website www.eastforkpottery.com.

 

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Emily Galusha. She is the Director Emeritus of the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, MN. She has contributed to the NCC organization in many ways including service on the board of directors and seventeen years as the executive director. Under her leadership the organization changed locations, increased membership, and expanded its ceramic programing on a regional and national level.

In the interview we talk about developing a leadership style, approaches to pricing art objects, and NCC's signature event the American Pottery Festival. For more information on the programs NCC has to offer please visit www.northernclaycenter.org.

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: Emily_Galusha_Full_Podcast_Edited.mp3
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