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Steven Hill on the artist's ego and the workshop circuit

This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Steven Hill. A potter for over forty years, Hill has transitioned through many phases in his ceramic career including selling at art fairs, having gallery exhibitions, and managing a community studio. Hill was the founder of Red Star Studios in Kansas City, MO and is now a member of 323 Clay in Independence, MO. Hill is a much sought after workshop instructor who has taught in schools and craft institutions across the United States.

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Linda Arbuckle, Doug Casebeer and Alleghany Meadows on Mentorship and Influence

This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a live episode featuring Linda Arbuckle, Doug Casebeer, and Alleghany Meadows. Our discussion centers around the variety of forms that mentorship can take in the life of an artist. In the interview we talk about how objects, travel, and relationships with other artists have influenced each of the panelist's artistic development.

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Martha Grover on mining your own personal history for inspiration

This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Martha Grover. She creates gestural porcelain pots that reference botanical forms and the female body. She says of the work, "I think of the fluid visual movement around a piece, as a choreographer would move dancers across a stage. Transmitting desire - there is a sense of revealing and concealing, a layering of details that serves to catch our attention immediately and then the details draw us in, to make a closer inspection." She currently lives in Helena, MT where she is a full time potter and the education coordinator at the Archie Bray Foundation.

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Chef Paul Berglund on Farm-to-Table and the Bachelor Farmer

This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Paul Berglund the executive chef at the Bachelor Farmer in Minneapolis, MN. Since 2011 the restaurant has garnered high praise for its Scandinavian inspired cuisine. In 2012 it was named to Bon Appetit's Hot Ten List of best new American restaurants and was nominated for the prestigious James Beard Award for best new restaurant in America.

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Evelyn Craft Belger on establishing a mission/vision statement for an art organization

This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Evelyn Craft Belger. She is the executive director of the Belger Arts Center and Red Star Studios in Kansas City, MO. Since 2005 Evelyn has been instrumental in the growth and display of the Belger Arts Collection, a private collection of thousands of contemporary art works, that is managed by the Belger Foundation and housed within the Belger Arts Center.

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Kansas City Live Ramble with Cary Esser, Tommy Frank, and Meredith Host

This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a panel discussion featuring Cary Esser, Meredith Host and Tommy Frank. Each panelist is a ceramic artist that balances their art career with a business oriented profession. Our discussion centers around how creativity is an asset in the business world. We discuss the creative overlap between art making and teaching, running a small business or managing an art center.

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Richard Notkin on establishing a visual language

This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a double episode with ceramic artist Richard Notkin. Known for his protest art Notkin has approached a variety of subject matter during his career including the folly of war, the nuclear age, and global warming. His teapots and tile work can be found in numerous museums around the United States including the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Cooper-Hewitt Museum and the Mint Museum of Craft and Design.

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Chris Pickett on utility vs. function and the power of habit

This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with ceramic artist Chris Pickett. His slab built pottery consists of inflated sculptural volumes decorated with saturated colors and low relief patterning. He says of the work, "With the appearance of being freshly constructed, the fullness of form allows these vessels to evoke a sense of play and ease. The generous volumes are metaphors for our own bodies that reference both the comforts of physical intimacy as well as childlike items, such as toys and stuffed animals."

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Courtney Murphy on her approach to pattern and form

This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with potter Courtney Murphy. Her functional earthenware draws from a variety of influences including "simplified abstractions of nature, children's artwork, folk art, mid-century modern forms and shapes, as well as textiles, patterns and historical pots." She maintains a studio in Missoula, MT were she is an artist-in-residence at the Clay Studio of Missoula.

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Mel Griffin, Mathew McConnell, and Peter Christian Johnson talk about climbing the career ladder

This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I am featuring a panel discussion on ceramic career paths with Mel Griffin, Mathew McConnell, and Peter Christian Johnson. The conversation starts by questioning the premise of an established career ladder in ceramics and evolves into a discussion about success, living a mobile life, and creating your own career path.

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Sean O'Connell on developing self critique

This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with potter Sean O'Connell. I met Sean in 2010 while he was making five hundred plates for the Salad Days Residency at Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts. He focused on a lobed plate form as a canvas and set out to experiment with hundreds of solutions for surface decoration. I admired his methodical approach to such a monumental assignment. I continue to see the same dedication to visual inquiry in his current body of work.

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Adam Field on using social media to build community

This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with potter Adam Field. Based in Durango, CO Adam produces a wide variety of functional ceramics ranging from intricately carved porcelain forms to massive Korean Onggi jars. He says of the work, "I am fascinated with antique artifacts, the way they can speak of mastery of lost peoples, places, and cultures. This inspires me to create works that both radiate history and capture my own place and time."

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