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Feb 29, 2020

Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Jordan McDonald. Raised in the suburbs of Toronto, Jordan now lives in West Philadelphia where he makes functional pottery decorated with motifs drawn from historical painting and ceramics. To compliment his studio practice, he started the Pots in Words Instagram feed which features written descriptions of historical pots. He uses these as a jumping off point for imagination and innovation in his studio practice. In our interview we talk about the influence of Walter Ostrom, his love of the artist Rosanjin and working with interior designers. To find our more visit


On today’s AMACO Community Corkboard, we have a plug for the Archie Bray Foundation Residency program. The Archie Bray Foundation is a public, nonprofit, educational institution founded in 1951 by brickmaker Archie Bray, who intended it to be "a place to make available for all who are seriously interested in any of the branches of the ceramic arts, a fine place to work." In 2020 they are offering ten $5,000 fellowships along with ten $1,000 summer scholarships so get your application in by March 1st. For more information visit


The Tales of the Red Clay Rambler is made possible in part by STARworks, host of the 2020 WoodFire NC International Conference. The conference will kick off May 21st with two pre-conference events happening simultaneously in Asheville and Seagrove, where visiting artists will load and fire a variety of wood firing kilns. The main conference runs from May 28th to May 31st, 2020 at STARworks in Star, NC and features artists from around the world discussing the future of wood fired ceramics. For more information please visit