Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Audry Deal-McEver and Jenn Cole. Both are studio potters making heavily patterned work in the greater Nashville, TN area. In the interview we talk about the fine line between appropriation and inspiration when referencing the patterns of other cultures, working in galleries, and developing confidence in the value of your own work. Both are members of Influx, a ceramic group that hosts exhibitions and events that educate the public on the value of handmade.
Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Danielle McDaniel. In 1982 she started teaching in the public schools of middle Tennessee focusing on short ceramic workshops that encourage creativity and confidence in children. As demand for her workshops grew, she developed “The Clay Lady Way,” an education program for teachers that includes videos, books, and ceramic curriculum. In our interview we talk about how secondary education changed during her career and expanding her business to include a physical location in Nashville, which hosts a school with 275 weekly students, an artist co-op with 65 artists, and the clay distributor Mid-South Ceramics.
Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Josh Deweese. His undulating functional forms are embellished with curvilineal handles and decorated with fluid high-fire glazes. In our interview we talk about the influence of his artistic family, developing a leadership style as an administrator and teacher, and using local materials to enhance his glazes. Josh was the Resident Director of the Archie Bray Foundation for the Ceramic Arts from 1992-2006 and is now an Associate Professor of Art at Montana State University.
Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Mallory Wetherell. Her ceramic vessels are decorated with crisp drawings of symbolic elements, such as hair, internal organs, and clothing, which create a biographical sketch of her daily life. In our interview we talk about teaching in a rural environment, how an early interest in prosthetic design and medical drawing shapes her aesthetic, and how politics and parenting have changed her studio practice.
Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Chris Staley and Kyle Johns. Both were artists-in-residence for the month of May at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT. During the month Staley was making a new body of sculptural vessels and Johns continued his exploration of keyless mold systems for slip cast vessels. In our interview we talk about suspending judgement when making, how boredom can create space for new ideas, and learning to use social media in a healthy and sustainable way.
Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Joanna Powell. Her work spans many genres including ceramic sculpture, painting, and photography. In our interview we talk about her visual editing process, women’s beautification rituals, and the themes within her recent exhibition, “Lay me in a hot bed and try not to drown.” The show is up at Greenwich House Pottery’s Jane Hartsook Gallery until June 14th.
Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Nick Danielson. After an early interest in conceptual sculpture, Nick has been solely focused on making functional pottery for the last eight years. His work is an aesthetic blend of Korean Buncheong ware, color from contemporary graphic design, and the angular nature of computer aided drafting (CAD), which he uses to design the work. In our interview we talk about studying in Korea, balancing historical and contemporary influences, and using the CAD to get creative with his forms and surfaces.
Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Chip Clawson. In recent years he has been focused on making sculptural forms that are cast from concrete and adorned with ceramic embellishments. His piece, “Ode to Edward James,” features multiple twenty-foot columns that are bisected by horizontal cloud-like forms. In our interview we talk about planning large-scale sculptural works, the influence of Edward James’ “Las Pozas,” and Clawson’s time creating public art with inmates in Montana state prisons.
Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Diane Charnov, this year’s Jentel Critic at the Archie Bray Foundation. After an early career as a political speech writer Diane has been focused for the last decade on art criticism and journalism. In our interview we talk about shifting between persuasive writing and journalism, funny moments from speeches gone awry, and how artists and institutions can better advocate for themselves.
Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an audio tour of the Archie Bray Foundation with Chip Clawson. Chip worked for the organization for over 35 years and has compiled much of its history from its inception as the Western Clay Manufacturing Company in the 1880’s to the ceramic arts foundation that exists today. On our tour we visit the former brick and tile factories, as well as the beehive kilns that fired the wares.