Episodes
Today on the show I’m joined by Brian Kakas and Lisa Giuliani for a discussion about the changing landscape of ceramic education. In the interview we talk about demographic shifts and closures in higher education, craft school education, and helping an arts community survive after a core institution downsizes its ceramics program. This episode was taped in front of a live audience at the NCECA conference in Richmond, VA. I’d like to thank Cole Collier for running sound for the event and NCECA...
Published 05/23/24
Stephanie Seguin is a functional potter based in Helena, MT, where she makes table and service ware. She is also the education manager at the Archie Bray Foundation where she has helped shape the education program as the organization has emerged from the pandemic. In our interview we talk about tactile learning, developing parameters for creativity, and the Bray’s Artist Amplified, a series of demonstrations and lectures highlighting ceramic artists. You can see her work at...
Published 05/14/24
Judi Tavill has had a broad career in the arts starting in fashion and now creating biomorphic ceramic sculpture. In our interview we talk about her career in fashion, blending drawing with sculpture, and preparing for her upcoming solo show at the Ivy Brown Gallery. Entanglements will open May 16th and run through June 26th. For more information visit www.juditavill.com.   Hey Red Clay Rambler fans, this month we are celebrating twelve years of the podcast! We just launched a fund drive...
Published 05/10/24
Today on the show I talk with Brian Chen. He makes sculptural and functional forms that reference architecture and biomechanics. In our interview we talk about how a tennis injury led him to study anatomy, creating sculptures that nest within themselves, and refining a form through repetition. To see examples of his work visit www.brianchenpottery.com.   Hey Red Clay Rambler fans, this month we are celebrating twelve years of the podcast! We just launched a fund drive and I need your help...
Published 05/02/24
Join guest host Malene Barnett as she talks with Lydia Thompson, Ashlyn Pope, and David Macdonald about the rich tapestry of ceramics across the Black Diaspora. From the ancestral lands of Africa, to the vibrant Caribbean and the diverse cultures of African Americans, join the panel as they explore the artistic expressions and design aesthetics that are rooted in clay. This conversation was recorded in front of a live studio audience at this year’s NCECA conference in Richmond, VA.   ...
Published 04/26/24
Today on the show I talk with Malene Barnett. Her multimedia career spans design, studio art, and activism focusing on the influence and aesthetics of the black diaspora. In our interview we talk about designing textiles, taking a sabbatical to dive deep into ceramics, and founding the Black Artists + Designers Guild, a collective aimed at building equitable and inclusive creative culture. For more visit www.malenebarnett.com. Next week on the show we will broadcast a panel discussion that...
Published 04/18/24
Today on the show I talk with Jane Bamford. She creates ceramic sculptures and environmental prosthesis that are placed in nature to help rebalance the Australian ecosystem. In our interview we talk about the pressure climate change is putting on the Tasmanian landscape, working with scientists to create environmental design, and how her motivation for art making has changed over time. To see examples of her work visit www.janebamford.com.   Today’s episode is brought to you by the...
Published 04/11/24
Today on the show I talk with sculptor Cammie Staros. From her studio in L.A. she blends Helenic aesthetics with modernism in her ceramic, neon, and stone work. Her series of black figure terracotta vessels move and bend like a wavy mirage from ancient Athens captured in the present moment. In our interview we talk about the influence of classical Greek ceramics, her love of precarity, and her series of submerged vessels. To see examples of her work visit www.cammiestaros.com. Thanks to...
Published 03/29/24
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...
Published 03/14/24
Today on the show I talk with artist and educator Lauren Sandler. In her current body of work she drapes stacked vessels with beads, beans, and other objects to tell broader economic and cultural narratives. In our interview we talk about her anthropological approach to materials, adornment through accumulation, and mentoring students at the Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, PA, where she is an assistant professor. For more information visit www.laurensandlerstudio.com.   I’m excited to...
Published 03/07/24
Today on the show I talk with author, activist, and artist Yuliya Makliuk. She recently published Potters Save the World: Learn to make sustainable ceramics and help protect the Earth. Our interview focuses on understanding the carbon footprint of ceramic production and materials. In addition to sustainability, we also discuss Yuliya’s experience living through war in Ukraine. For more information follow @hereandnowpottery on Instagram.   I’m excited to have a live taping of the show at...
Published 02/29/24
Today on the show I talk with three members of Clay Matters, an Australian group that advocates sustainable environmental practices in ceramic studios. Jane Sawyer, Claire Ellis, and Amelia Black talk about reusing ceramic waste and building awareness of where ceramics materials are sourced. Clay Matters will have an exhibition at the Linden Projects Space, St. Kilda that opens on February 23rd. For more information visit claymatters.com.au.   Today’s episode is brought to you by the...
Published 02/21/24
Today on the show my wife Melissa joins me for a listener mailbag. We give a few life updates before answering questions about how to price time consuming work, and ways we can create joy in difficult times. To help us celebrate our 500th episode donate $5 on Paypal, or become a patron on Patreon. Many thanks for listening along the way and for supporting the show.
Published 02/14/24
Today on the show we have a live recording that happened at the 2023 New Clay Conference in Ottawa, ON. The show features presenters Martina Lantin, Zoe Pinnell, Marina Lespérance Lopez, as well as my cohosts Carole Epp and Marianne Chenard from The Kiln Sitters. We discuss the high-risk high-reward nature of ceramics, finding work/life balance as a parent, and the vibrant state of the Canadian ceramic community. A big thanks to Kaitlyn Brennan for organizing the conference and to the...
Published 02/08/24
Didem Mert combines collage and illustration to build dense layers of printed images, patterns, and color. In our interview we talk about the importance of spontaneous play in the studio, diversifying income streams, and using selfcare to find emotional balance. To see examples of her work visit www.didemmert.com.   Today’s episode is brought to you by the following sponsors: The Rosenfield Collection of Functional Ceramic Art www.Rosenfieldcollection.com Bray Clay www.archiebrayclay.com
Published 01/31/24
Today on the show I have a double episode. We start by talking to podcast host Rebecca Ickes Carra about joining the Brickyard Podcast Network. Her podcast The Makers Playbook focuses on the business of art and “what it’s really like to make a living from the things we make.” Season five of the podcast launches next week with an interview with Archie Bray Foundation director Rebecca Harvey. Subscribe to The Maker's Playbook now on your favorite podcast app. In the second part of our...
Published 01/26/24
Today on the show I talk with Kyungmin Park. In our interview we talk about how an early interest in animation led her to figure sculpture, how she approaches identity through the work, and settling down in Massachusetts after moving fifteen times in the eighteen years she has lived in the United States. Park is an Associate Professor at Endicott College in Beverly, MA. To see examples of her work visit www.kyungminpark.com.   As we head into the new year, we are having a comment drive....
Published 01/18/24
Today on the show I talk with Brad Schwieger. He has recently retired from Ohio University, where he helped guide the ceramic program for over thirty years. In our interview we talk about creating a rigorous learning environment, using subtractive methods to find form, and transitioning to full time studio work in retirement. In the interview we also talk about the design of his studio, which you can find out more about in the December 2022 Studio Visit in Ceramics Monthly at...
Published 01/11/24
Today on the show I talk with Matt Katz, who along with his wife Rose, is one of the co-founders of Ceramics Materials Workshop. They offer online classes in ceramics chemistry, which are utilized by artists and students around the world. In our interview we talk about his path from maker to researcher, how to make chemistry exciting for students, and the podcast For Flux Sake, which Matt is cohost on. For more information visit www.ceramicmaterialsworkshop.com or...
Published 01/04/24
Today on the show I talk with sculptor Kim Dickey. She uses the structures and flora of the garden as a springboard to create large-scale sculpture and installation. In our interview we talk about her use of brocage, the feminist claiming of space through ornamentation, and her recent solo show Auguries at the Robischon Gallery in Denver, CO. To see examples of her work visit www.kimdickeystudio.com. Dickey is a Professor of Art at the University of Colorado Boulder.   Hey Red Clay Rambler...
Published 12/21/23
Today on the show I welcome back Doug Peltzman. A few years ago he made a major shift in his studio practice, essentializing his approach to surface design to create a new aesthetic. In our interview we talk about following the kernel of an idea, and re-engaging his customers after a major change in the studio. To see examples of his work visit www.dougpeltzman.com.   Hey Red Clay Rambler Fans, for the month of December I’m having a merch sale, including our brand new long sleeve t-shirt...
Published 12/07/23
Today on the show I welcome back Naomi Dalglish and Michael Hunt. In our interview we talk about the themes in their exhibition Endless Ground now on display at the Penland Gallery. The exhibition features figure sculpture, a large-scale slip painting, and collections of vessels that are decorated with slips and wax resist decoration. To see the exhibition visit www.penland.org/gallery.   Hey Red Clay Rambler Fans, for the month of December I’m having a merch sale, including our brand new...
Published 11/30/23
Today on the show I talk with Trevor Daugherty and Justin Rothshank, cofounders of the Northern Indiana Clay Alliance. The group has over sixty members and organizes a variety of ceramics programing in the region, including the Michiana Pottery Tour. In our interview we talk about the process of founding a nonprofit, ceramics in the Michiana region, and fundraising for new organizations. For more information visit www.indianaclay.org.   Today’s episode is brought to you by the following...
Published 11/16/23
Today on the show I talk with Dirk Staschke. His recent work draws from Dutch Vanitas paintings, often incorporating ceramic frames that are portals into the inner world of the sculpture. In our interview we talk about exploring dark humor and beauty simultaneously, and having the patience for new ideas to solidify over time. To see examples of his work visit www.artdirk.com.   Today’s episode is brought to you by the following sponsors:   AMACO Brent www.amaco.com The Bray...
Published 11/09/23