This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler podcast I have an interview with ceramic artist Richard Burkett. Spanning a 45 year career in clay, Richard has been a studio potter, sculptor, author, and educator. In the interview we talk about his travels to Ecuador, his teaching philosophy, and the creation of the glaze calculation software Hyperglaze. Richard serves as a Professor of Art at San Diego State University, where he has been teaching since 1989. For more information please visit

"Working with Nan Coffin and Joe Molinaro (ceramics professor at Eastern Kentucky University), Richard has been traveling to the Amazon Basin of Ecuador for the last fifteen years working to document the indigenous pottery cultures there in photographs and video."

You can view Richard's photographs at or purchase Mythical Figures & Mucawas: Ceramics from the Ecuadorian Amazon by Joe Molinaro and Richard Burkett at