Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a double interview featuring Brian Harper and Carole Epp. In the first segment, I talk with Carole about her work on the book The Crafted Dish. In the second segment, I talk with sculptor Brian Harper. He creates complex architectural forms by joining thousands of premade modular ceramic units. The scaffold-like forms are built around commercial ceramic objects that represent the uniform predictability of high-volume, low-cost manufacturing. In the interview, we talk about the concept behind his sculptures, the easing of his political anxieties though creativity, and the mission of Art Axis, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that Brian founded to promote the professional pursuits of artists in the field of ceramics. Brian is an Associate Professor of Fine Art and the head of the Ceramics Program at Indiana University Southeast, and is the Executive Director of Artaxis.org.
Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Sue Tirrell. Her functional pots feature animal and landscape imagery created with underglaze and sgraffito drawing. She uses a recurring cast of barn yard animals to create simple narratives that speak to the humor and complexity of human relationships.
Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a panel discussion with Liz Myers, Kaden Meyrs, Krista Botsford, Paul Stokstad, Trever Foss, and Carter Pasma. The group of potters participated in a two-week wood firing workshop with Simon Levin at his Mill Creek Pottery in Gresham, WI. In the interview, we talk about collaborative learning and the multiday process of loading/firing an Anagama kiln.
Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Jacob Meer and Ian Connors. The two are connected through apprenticeship training with Simon Levin and specialize in wood firing. In the interview, we talk about the value of an apprenticeship, living in rural Wisconsin and learning to fire wood kilns.
Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Simon Levin. His interest in wood firing has led to over 20 years of active research into Anagama, Cross draft and Train style kilns. He uses the turbulent flame path inside these kilns to create rich surfaces on his ceramic vessels.
Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a panel discussion with Sarah Jewell Olsen, Kelly Lynn Daniels, Hiromi Iyoda, Emily Connell, and Wen-Dan Lin. The five are currently resident artists at the Belger Arts Center’s Red Star Studios in Kansas City, MO.
Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Jessica Brandl. Her vessels are covered with drawings of rural American landscapes, abandoned architecture, and the flora & fauna of the environments she is investigating
Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Tyler Lotz. An accomplished vessel maker and sculptor Lotz often uses geometric tessellations and modular units in his work. His work spans a variety of scales from intimate handheld pottery to four-foot tall sculptures. In the interview, we talk about cultivating patience while planning a new body of work, exploring the same content from multiple angles, and how teaching feeds his studio practice
Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Birdie Boone. Working from her studio in Abingdon, VA she creates hand built tableware glazed in rich translucent colors. Her research into rare earth colorants has led to a broad spectrum of colors that are uniquely subtle and emotionally impactful.
Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a special live episode taped at KC Urban Potter’s Midwest Pottery Fest. Guest host Mo Dicken’s guides ten storytellers through their stories about the ceramic community, including hilarious tales of street fairs gone wrong and spooky haunted studios. Don’t miss this special recording taped live at the Drug Store in Kansas City, MO!