This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a panel discussion on wood fired ceramics with Chris Gustin, Matt Long, and John Balistreri. In the interview we discuss the community oriented nature of wood firing, the balance of chaos and control involved in the firing process, and the role commerce plays in introducing objects into the world.  

Chris Gustin is an Associate Professor Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. Known for his sculptural vessels Gustin specializes in softly manipulated forms that have soft shoulders that pick up ash in a wood kiln. For more information on his work please visit

Matt Long is a professor at the University of Mississippi. Known for his functional porcelain pottery, Long specializes in communal drinking vessels such as flasks, bottles and jugs. For more information on his work please visit

John Balistreri is a Professor at Bowling Green State University. His monumental sculptures reference the structural components of boats, planes, and other hollow formed objects. For more information on his work please visit

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