Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler I talk with James Lobb and Wally Bivins. Both artists have long time ties to Pottery Northwest, having transitioned from artist-in-residence to staff members to executive directors. Wally was executive director from 2004-2015, when James took over the organization, which recently celebrated its 50-year anniversary. In our conversation we talk about creating a sense of ownership in a community art center, taking creative risks as an administrator and the history of the Seattle-based organization. For more information on James and Wally please visit www.potterynorthwest.org.

This image was taken in the PNW library just before Pottery Northwest's 50th Anniversary celebration.

This image was taken in the PNW library just before Pottery Northwest's 50th Anniversary celebration.

This episode of podcast is sponsored by the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in Gatlinburg, TN -- Enriching lives through art since 1945 by providing life-changing, inspiring, and invigorating opportunities for people of all skill levels. Explore your creativity immersed in Arrowmont's multi-discipline craft workshops ranging between fiber arts, woodworking, metals, ceramics and much more. What will you create in 2017? A sneak peek of Arrowmont workshops is now online at arrowmont.org. Browse topics and instructors to start planning your workshop with early registration opening November 1. You can register by phone at 865-436-5860 or visit arrowmont.org.

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