This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with ceramic artist and educator Merran Esson. Her recent body of work springs from a two week excursion she took to a remote part of western New South Wales, Australia. She says of the trip, "I have always had an affinity with the land, having spent my childhood on a farm in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains, however, the geology and vastness of this recent exploration has brought a more organic resolve to this work. My interest in the collision between man and nature continues." This collision manifests itself through her sculptural vessels, which are at once reminiscent of the earth's crust and man-made metal structures, such as machinery parts and corrugated water tanks. 

In the interview we talk about learning to trust one's inner voice, capturing the passage of time within an object, and her role as the head of ceramics at the National Art School in Sydney Australia. For more information on Merran's work please visit

Merran has a wonderful collection of art that includes a figurative sculpture by Stephen Bird and a pair of Afghan war rugs. I enjoyed looking at the collection and making connections between art of different ages, aesthetics and nationalities.