Nov 7, 2019
Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with potter and gallery owner Sandy Simon. She was a student of Warren MacKenzie’s at the University of Minnesota in the late 1960’s where she developed a studio practice of making utilitarian pots that continues to this day. In 1994 Sandy opened Trax Gallery in Berkeley, CA and has used the space to champion functional pottery. In our interview we talk about balancing form and decoration to create a unified pot, best practices for approaching galleries, and how the internet has changed the way pots are sold. For more information on Sandy visit www.traxgallery.com.
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For today’s AMACO Community Corkboard we have Greenwich House Pottery’s annual Made In Clay holiday sale happening December 13th and 14th. The sale features work by over fifty participating artists and takes place at GHP’s historic brick walk-up at 16 Jones Street in the heart of New York City's Greenwich Village. For more info about Made in Clay visit www.greenwichhouse.org/calendar. I’d like to thank Amaco/Brent for sponsoring the community corkboard. Brent Equipment is celebrating their 50th Anniversary this year and have created a Limited Edition Black CXC wheel. For more information visit www.amaco.com.