Episodes
Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I talk with artist and educator Kathy King. Her graphic sgraffito-decorated ceramics often depict relationship dynamics and feminist themes. In our interview we talk about her early sculptural work around reproductive rights, how she matches images to form, and her day job running the ceramics studio at Harvard University. For more information on Kathy visit www.kathykingart.com.   Today’s episode is brought to you by the following sponsors: ...
Published 09/22/22
Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I talk with photographer and podcast host Rebecca Ickes Carra. For more than a decade she has been a professional photographer focused on weddings and portraiture. A few years back she turned that business know-how into the podcast the Maker’s Playbook, where she interviews ceramic artists and other creatives about their business. In today’s interview we have a special format where we interview each other about podcasting and the growth of our...
Published 09/16/22
Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I talk with Massachusetts potter Steve Theberge. His functional pots are decorated with slips that are reduction cooled to create rich earth tones. In our interview we talk about the influence of Zen monastic training and social justice work on his studio practice, as well as his educational roots in the apprenticeship system. We also discuss the newly formed Early Career Fellowship for BIPOC Ceramic Artists that is supported by the Asparagus...
Published 09/08/22
Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I talk with Takuro Shibata, a working potter and Director of STARworks Ceramics in Star, NC. In our interview we talk about settling in North Carolina after a degree in chemical engineering and a ceramic apprenticeship in Japan, and developing an aesthetic using local materials fired in a wood kiln. We also discuss his forthcoming book Wild Clay: Creating ceramics and glazes from natural and found resources , which he coauthored with Hitomi...
Published 09/01/22
Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I talk with Los Angeles-based artist Alex Anderson. In our interview we discuss the ideas behind his use of mirrors, the L.A. art scene, and the relaunch of his podcast Clay in Color with Angelik Vizcarrondo-Laboy, which recently started its second season. For more information visit www.alexalexalexalex.com.   Today’s episode is brought to you by the following sponsors:   Join more than 40 potters for the 11th annual Michiana Pottery Tour,...
Published 08/19/22
Artist, writer, and critic Anthony Merino passed away last week. Today we feature a rebroadcast of our 2015 interview where we discuss the exhibition 50 Women: A Celebration of Women in Ceramics. In our interview we talk about Anthony and Alex’s curatorial process, and the active community they built using social media. You can find out more by searching “50 years 50 women” on Facebook.
Published 08/18/22
Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast we have a live episode that was taped as part of the Envision: Woodfire NC conference in May 2022. I’m joined by Steve Blankenbeker, Takuro Shibata, Josh Copus, and Hideo Mabuchi to talk about the discovery and use of locally dug clay. To find out more about the ceramic research being done at Starworks visit www.starworksnc.org.     We are ending our tenth anniversary fund drive with a bang! Every new or renewing patron on Patreon in the...
Published 08/12/22
Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I talk with Eric Botbyl. He is both a working potter and a gallery owner helping to promote the work of functional artists. In our interview we talk about developing his highly gestural pottery forms, matching a decorated surface to form, and creating Companion Gallery. To find out more visit www.companiongallery.com.   We are ending our tenth anniversary fund drive with a bang! Every new or renewing patron on Patreon in the month of August...
Published 08/04/22
Part two of our 10th anniversary live episode includes a trivia section about the history of the show and past guests. I was joined by Carole Epp and Britta Schroeder, as well as a live audience on Zoom. Many thanks to everyone who came to the taping and helped us celebrate. To celebrate our anniversary, we are also having a fund drive. If you are able please visit www.talesofaredclayrambler.com/donate to make a pledge through our PayPal portal or you can make a monthly pledge...
Published 07/28/22
Today on the podcast we have part one of a live episode to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the show. I was joined by Carole Epp and Britta Schroeder, as well as a live audience on Zoom. Many thanks to everyone who came to the taping and helped us celebrate. In this episode we talk about our favorite episodes and how making gives our lives meaning. To celebrate our anniversary, we are also having a fund drive. If you are able, please visit www.talesofaredclayrambler.com/donate to make a...
Published 07/28/22
Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I talk with Michael Sherrill, who creates mixed media sculptures that draw from the flora of Western North Carolina. In our interview we talk about his early days as a salt firing potter, developing new techniques for sculpture, and the creation of his Mud Tools brand. To find out more visit www.michaelsherrill.com or www.mudtools.com. To celebrate our 10th anniversary we will be taping a live episode on Zoom July 25th at 7pm EST. I'll be...
Published 07/22/22
Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I talk with Kat Hutter and Roger Lee. The pair share a studio making stoneware pottery that is decorated with bright geometric designs. In our interview we talk about their paths to being full time artists, splitting time between two studio locations, and the roots of their modernist aesthetic. They recently celebrated ten years of K&R ceramics with a show at Eutectic Gallery in Portland, OR. To see examples of their work, visit...
Published 07/14/22
Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast we welcome back Keith Brymer Jones to talk about his new autobiography Boy in a China Shop. You might know him from his role as a judge on the hit show The Great Pottery Throwdown, or as the master mind behind the ceramic manufacturer MAKE International, where he collaborates with brands like Tatty Devine, Sukie, and the National Trust. To find out more visit www.keithbrymerjones.com.   Hey Red Clay Rambler fans, this year we are celebrating...
Published 07/07/22
Australian ceramic artist and educator Merran Esson passed away last week. This episode features a rebroadcast of our 2013 interview where we talk about learning to trust one's inner voice, capturing the passage of time within an object, and her role as the head of ceramics at the National Art School in Sydney, Australia. For more information on Merran, including the upcoming memorials that will be honoring her life, please visit www.merranesson.com.
Published 06/23/22
This week we wrap up our More than a Maker series with an interview with Michael McCarthy. He is a potter and instructor at the Austen Riggs Center, a residential psychiatric hospital and treatment center located in Stockbridge, MA. In our interview we talk about art making within the mental health treatment paradigm, how decreasing expectation can lead to creative breakthroughs with students, and his path to being a potter. We also discuss building community in Western MA and creating...
Published 06/16/22
On this week’s edition of More than a Maker we talk to Sarah Petty. Both a trained artist and acupuncturist, I talk with Sarah about her path to creativity and the healing arts. In our interview we talk about building skills as an artist, the training and methodology behind integrative medicine, and how the pandemic helped spark a new way of making in her studio. For more information visit www.sarahpettyart.com.   More than a Maker is made possible by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana,...
Published 06/10/22
On this week’s edition of More than a Maker we talk to John Doran. In our interview we talk about The Big Blue Sky Initiative, a multipart plan to address mental health in the state of Montana including suicide prevention, treatment for addiction, and other resources for mental health. John is the Divisional Vice President of External Affairs at Blue Cross and Blue Shield Montana.   More than a Maker is made possible by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana, proud sponsors of wellness for...
Published 06/03/22
This week we continue our series More than a Maker with an interview featuring Bakersville, NC artist Will Baker. He is known for his beautiful atmospheric fired pottery, along with his kiln building skills which have taken him all over the eastern U.S. In our interview we talk about dealing with burn out through a variety of mindfulness practices, as well as the theory of flow states. To see examples of his work, visit www.williambakerpottery.com.   More than a Maker is made possible by...
Published 05/25/22
This week on the podcast we start our series More than a Maker, which focuses on the intersection of mental health and creativity. In the first episode we have Mac McCusker, a ceramic artist based in Pittsburgh, PA. They make sculpture and vessels that provide social commentary on the rise of Bathroom Bills and other issues surrounding the LBGTQ community. In the interview we talk about addiction and art making as activism. To find out more visit www.macmccuskerceramics.com.   More than a...
Published 05/19/22
Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I talk with Mark Warren. He is one of the cofounders of Haand, a porcelain tableware manufacturer in Burlington, NC. In our interview we talk about his path from the studio to the factory, the importance of paying a living wage, and how Haand shifted towards direct sales during the pandemic. For more information visit www.haand.us.   Today’s episode is brought to you by the following sponsors:   The Tales of the Red Clay Rambler is made...
Published 05/06/22
Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I talk with Russell Wrankle. He uses animal and human references to engage the existential tension between life and death. In our interview we talk about developing animals as poetic visual symbols, and the founding of Shape Theory Collective. He started the collective and online gallery to generate funds for criminal justice reform, specifically the Last Prisoner Project, which works to free individuals jailed for non-violent drug crimes. For...
Published 04/28/22
Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I talk with Portland-based potters Chris Baskin and Dwayne Nii-Teiko Sackey. We talk about choosing a firing that fits your aesthetic, the benefits of apprenticeship, and how Sackey’s time with Baskin shifted forms during Covid. We also discuss the Studio Potter’s Grants for Apprenticeship, which helped fund and structure their yearlong apprenticeship. For more info visit www.chrisbaskin.com, www.dwaynesackey.com, and...
Published 04/21/22
Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I talk with Donna Polseno and Dara Hartman. Polseno is the founding director of the Women Working with Clay Symposium and Hartman now co-directs the yearly gathering. In our interview we talk about equity across different eras and how storytelling can empower and unify a group. We also discuss their relationship through apprenticeship and studio practices. To register for this year’s symposium happening June 13th -15th visit www.hollins.edu or...
Published 04/14/22
Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I talk with Sunshine Cobb about her new book, The Beginner’s Guide to Hand Building. We discuss redefining creativity to be more inclusive, creating a studio environment that fits your personality, and the variety of skills and projects she teaches in the book. The book is available now for preorder and will be released in September 2022. For more information visit www.sunshinecobb.com.   Today’s episode is brought to you by the following...
Published 04/08/22