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273: Richard James, Kelsey Duncan and Iva Haas on how a creative practice can shift the maker’s world view

Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have the second in a series of discussions with current resident artists at the Archie Bray Foundation. In this episode Richard James, Kelsey Duncan and Iva Haas talk about building a character study for figurative sculpture, the choice to improvise or not in the creative process, and how a creative practice can shift the maker’s world view.

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272: Jessica Brandl, Yoonjee Kwak and Christina Erives on creating narrative art

Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have the first in a series of discussions with current resident artists at the Archie Bray Foundation. In this episode Jessica Brandl, Yoonjee Kwak and Christina Erives talk about using humor to shape their aesthetic, creating narrative works that relate to the personal mythologies of their families, and their experience as resident artists in academic institutions and art centers.

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271: Brenda Quinn on the blending of architecture and floral elements in her work

Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Brenda Quinn. Her vibrant functional pottery explores the line between hard and soft through the blending of architectural and floral elements. In the interview we talk about how a childhood phobia led her to practice mindfulness, methods for generating pattern, and helping her students understand the value of handmade goods.

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270: Matt Wedel on keeping up with the speed of his imagination

Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Matt Wedel. He uses a gestural sculpting style and vibrant glazes to create ambitious large-scale works around the themes of the figure, landscape, and what he calls “Flower Trees”. In the interview we talk about keeping up with the speed of his imagination, understanding color and surface, and the place of ceramics in the art world.

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269: Linda Christianson on modern pyromantics

Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have Linda Christianson’s closing lecture from the Cultural Confluence Wood Fire Symposium, held in Helena, MT in October 2018. She talks about the human preoccupation with fire and how that is being replaced by the back lit screens of modern technology. She also addresses problems that face the field of wood firing including gender inequity and resource depletion.

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268: Learning to wood fire through apprenticeships and residencies with Dupont, Johnstone, Parady, Tagseth, and Wilson

Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a panel on nonacademic paths for learning wood firing featuring Robin Dupont, Jody Johnstone, Scott Parady, Martin Tagseth, and Tara Wilson. The panelists discuss a wide range of personal experience from Johnstone’s time in a traditional Japanese apprenticeship to Parady establishing his Cobb Mountain Art & Ecology Project to teach wood firing and ecology

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267: The state of wood firing education with John Neely, Matthew Blakely, Pascal Geoffroy, Sandy Lockwood, and Linda Lid

Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a panel on education featuring John Neely, Matthew Blakely, Pascal Geoffroy, Sandy Lockwood, and Linda Lid. The panelists discuss how they came to learn wood firing and the current status of the firing technique in educational institutions in Australia, the United States, and Western Europe.

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265: Daniel Lafferty on intuitive kiln building using the squinch arch

Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a lecture from Daniel Lafferty on building wood kilns based on Islamic architecture. He uses the squinch arch, which allows him to improvise kiln characteristics to meet the specific needs of the user. In his talk he discusses building without form work, the pros and cons of burying the majority of the kiln underground, and building with diatomaceous earth bricks.

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264: Hideo Mabuchi on vital materiality and the science behind reduction cooled reds

Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a lecture from noted physicist and ceramic artist Hideo Mabuchi. He is currently working on a joint research project with Utah State University to better understand the behavior of iron in atmospheric kilns. In this lecture Hideo talks about the concept of vital materiality and his research into the unique colors that form when iron-bearing clays are reduction cooled. Hideo is a Professor of Applied Physics at Stanford University and was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2000 for his work using optical methods to understand quantum states.

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263: Catherine White on the seeds of ideas

Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a lecture from Catherine White. She talks about the intuitive process, where ideas come from and how they shift as they come to fruition. She also describes the development of her dust prints and the visual relationship between ceramic form and written language.

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262: International wood firing extravaganza with Lindsay Oesterritter, Nancy Fuller, Robin Dupont, Zac Chalmers, Tristan Chambaud-Heraud, Shikamaru Takeshita, John Neely and Linda Lid

Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a mega panel discussion on the state of wood firing around the world. We start by talking about gender dynamics in the artists home countries before moving onto the environmental impact of firing and finding one’s voice in the process. The panel features Lindsay Oesterritter (USA), Nancy Fuller (SCT), Robin Dupont (CAN), Zac Chalmers (AUS), Tristan Chambaud-Heraud (FRA), Shikamaru Takeshita (JPN), John Neely (USA), and Linda Lid (NOR).

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261: Scott Ross on ram casting solid clay sculpture

Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a lecture from Scott Ross about building large scale sculpture for wood kilns. He builds his work by ram casting laminated layers of solid clay, which he then manipulates into geometric forms. In the lecture he discusses ram casting methods and the logistics of moving a 900-pound piece into a wood kiln.

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260: John Neely on the development of the Train Kiln

Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a lecture from John Neely about the evolution of the Train Kiln. Neely developed this unique style of wood burning kiln to achieve similar aesthetics to Japanese Anagama. Neely’s design however is easier to build and more environmentally friendly, generating heavy ash surfaces using less wood and man power than a tube kiln.

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259: George McCauley on low temperature wood firing

Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a lecture from George McCauley. Over his 50-year career he has made pottery, mixed media sculpture, and metal work, as well as being a cowboy, carpenter and movie producer. His self-described "casual" approach to art making highlights the emotive quality of gestural mark making and loose brushwork. In this lecture he talks about his experience with low fire wood firing.

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258: Sandy Lockwood on collaborating with uncertainty

Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a lecture from Sandy Lockwood. A gifted clay worker for many decades, Sandy discusses how morphogenic making and bodily learning can be a foundation for understanding the practice of wood firing. The lecture was given at the Cultural Confluence Wood Fire Symposium, held in Helena, MT in October 2018.

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257: Josh Deweese on the history of wood firing in Montana

Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a lecture from Josh Deweese on the history of wood firing in Montana. During his talk he recounts stories of historic Montana kilns and the influential artists who fired them. The lecture was given as the keynote speech at the Cultural Confluence Wood Fire Symposium, held in Helena, MT in October 2018.

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256: Mark Campden on reduced luster ceramics

Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Mark Campden. He makes two distinct lines of functional pottery at his studio in Co Kilkenny, IE. The first a majolica line featuring decoration pulled from his surrounding landscape, and the second a lusterware line featuring dense geometric patterns based on fish, butterflies and other fauna. In our interview we talk about the influence of his father Edgar Campden, who worked at Aldermaston pottery with Alan Caiger Smith for over thirty years, and the science behind making reduced luster pottery.

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255: Ireland Week: Making a living in rural Ireland with Cork potters Sara Roberts, Charlie Mahon, and Darren Francis Cassidy

Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with members of the Society of Cork Potters: Sara Roberts, Charlie Mahon, Darren Francis Cassidy. The group started in the 1970’s with the aim to create the exchange of information between ceramic artists working in County Cork. In our interview we talk about making a living in rural Ireland, the value of working with an artist group, and dealing with the effects of the Great Financial Crisis.

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254: Ireland Week: Gallerist Mary Gallagher on the state of craft in Ireland

Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Mary Gallagher. She opened the Blue Egg Gallery in Wexford in 2011 and shows a variety of craft artists from Ireland and abroad. In our interview we talk about the Norman history of Wexford, the state of craft in Ireland and how she uses large art fairs, like Ceramic Art London, to help her curate shows for the gallery.

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