Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Steven Cheek. His carved porcelain pots are covered with landscapes, skulls and other imagery that addresses the environment, politics and social change. He currently lives in Louisville, KY where he is the Director/Artist in Residence at the Mary Anderson Center for the Arts and Lecturer at the University of Louisville. In our interview we talk about learning to be self-motivated early in his career, making serving vessels for the bourbon culture of Kentucky, and making political work that is both accessible and meaningful. To see examples of his work visit Cheek is also one of the organizers of the Southern Crossings Pottery Festival. To find out more about the festival visit


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