This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with ceramic artist Bobby Silverman. Throughout his multifaceted career he has been an educator, designer and maker. He currently manages Alsio Design, a Brooklyn based company that produces ceramic tile for residential and commercial markets.

In the interview we talk about the pros and cons of higher education, developing a ceramic design company, and the relevance of the traditional pot in contemporary society. For more information on Bobby please visit


Bobby was trained as a social geographer and references data sets in his surface patterns. The tile above is a data visualization of the won/loss record of the Arizona Diamondback’s 2006 season. I got to see the tile pictured below come out of the kiln while Bobby was working at the Archie Bray this summer. You can see just how big a 36 by 22 inch tile is from how the tile rests in the kiln.