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Mar 14, 2024

Today on the show I talk with artist and Plinth gallery owner Jonathan Kaplan. Over more than fifty years in ceramics he has worked as a studio potter, manufacturer of commercial ceramics, and gallery owner. In our interview we talk about investing in yourself, knowing when change is needed to avoid burnout, and how Kaplan approaches geometric forms through mold making. His book The Mold-Making Manual weaves personal narrative into practical mold making skills and was just released by the American Ceramics Society in 2024. For more information visit


I’m excited to have a live taping of the show at this year’s NCECA conference. Thursday March 21st at 2:30pm Lisa Giuliani and Brian Kakas will join me to talk about the Changing landscape of ceramic education. Directly following at 4:00pm guest Red Clay Rambler host Malene Barnett will record Clay Roots: Exploring Ceramics Across the Black Diaspora - From Africa to the Caribbean and the Americas.


Today’s episode is brought to you by the following sponsors:

The Rosenfield Collection of Functional Ceramic Art

Bray Clay