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Jun 2, 2017

Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Forrest Middelton, Arash Shirinbab, and Raeshma Razvi. Our discussion focuses on the collaboration between Middelton, a ceramic artist, and Shirinbab, a calligrapher. They have been working for the past year on an exhibition and performance titled “To Contain and To Serve.” The exhibition mixes functional ceramics with Persian calligraphy and Twitter posts to generate dialogue around political and social issues in Iran and America. Razvi is a documentary filmmaker that has been shooting the collaboration for future use in a film.


“To Contain and To Serve” will take place in the fall of 2017 at the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California in Oakland. To find out more about the event please visit To find out more about Forrest Middelton please visit To find out more about Arash Shirinbab please visit To find out more about Raeshma Razvi please visit


This episode of the podcast is sponsored by the Canon River Clay Tour. Happening Father's Day Weekend, June 17-18, 2017, the event features eleven local clay artists and eleven guest artists from around the country. This self-guided studio tour and sale will include four stops surrounding the beautiful community of Northfield, MN located just 40 miles south of the Twin Cities. For more information on the tour visit