Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Melissa Weiss. She mixes native Arkansas clay with commercial clays to create rich earth-toned pots in her Asheville, NC studio. The combination of the iron baring raw material and her immediate building style leave her geometric patterned pots appearing both antique and contemporary. In the interview we talk about selling on the show circuit, dealing with Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, and making pottery in a political era. She is the owner and manager of South Side Studios, which hosts over 20 ceramic artists in Asheville. To see examples of her work visit www.melissaweisspottery.com.

Melissa's first book, The Handbuilt Potter, will be published in December 2018 from Rockport Publishers. in January 2019. Click here to preorder.

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