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Apr 30, 2021

Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Janet Koplos. A noted critic and writer, Janet has published over 2000 articles and essays since she started writing about art in 1976. From 1990 to 2009 she was senior editor in Art in America and has authored numerous books, including her most recent What Makes a Potter: Functional Pottery in America Today. In our interview we talk about the role of the critic in our time, the key to editing other writers' words, and documenting the lives of over fifty potters for her book. For more information visit Janet’s author page at Schiffer publishing.


On today’s AMACO Community Corkboard we have the 29th Annual Saint Croix Valley Pottery Tour happening May 7-9, 2021. The tour will be held all online this year and feature sixty-four of the country’s best potters. For more information visit or follow @stcroixvalleypotterytour on Instagram for previews and updates.


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