This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with sculptor Andy Ruble. The intricate structure of his hand built forms references both architecture and the organic biosphere. He says of his influences, "By observing and referencing details of our universe which range from the microscopic (dividing cells, mushroom spores, pollen, and bone structure) to the mammoth (large-scale bridges, refineries, and ships), I gather ideas for surface and form." In addition to being a studio artist Andy is the head of ceramics at Foot Hill College.
In the interview we talk about the value of pottery making as a starting point for sculpture, dealing with the "teaching treadmill", and the concepts behind his Structural Relic series. For more information on his work please visit www.andyruble.com.