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58 minutes | Dec 6, 2017
The Right Man for the Job | Doug Peltzman | ep. #73
Doug Peltzman is a studio potter in Shokan, NY, part of New York's Hudson Valley. His attention to detail and ambitious take on the ceramic process has led him to the forefront of the field. We spoke in October 2016, and talked about family, boredom, pushing limits, and influences. music: Kurt Vile, War on Drugs
60 minutes | Sep 8, 2017
Taking on the Work | Peter Christian Johnson | ep.#72
Peter Christian Johnson and I talked way back in April of 2015 as I was taking a hiatus from podcasting, but wanting to get him on the mic. We talk about the nature of learning and teaching in a sometimes social media and technology driven world, fatherhood, and managing time and life. Peter teaches ceramics at Kent State University in Ohio.
115 minutes | Aug 3, 2017
Hot Potato! | 14 guests of August | ep. #71
Western Massachusetts is a beautiful, quiet place steeped in history and practical creativity. I spent the weekend on July 28 - 30 at Project Art in Cummington, MA and made my way around the studios of potters in the Hilltown 6 summer tour. This episode is a mix of 14 different artists who were present during the weekend, giving a range of experiences and ideas on the place where they live, their history, and who they are as potters. Guests include: Alex Jelleberg, Adam Chau, Mara Superior, May Beattie, Elenor Wilson, Michael McCarthy, Steve Theberge, Maya Machin, Mark Shapiro, Julie Crosby, Ryan Greenheck, Jessica Detweiler, Brad Klem, Leslie Ferrin music credits: Kurt Vile, DJ Shadow, Prince
49 minutes | Jul 20, 2017
Wisdom is Earned | Mary Barringer, Silvie Granatelli, Gail Kendall | ep.#70
This episode was recorded live at NCECA 2017 in Portland, OR. My guests, Mary Barringer, Silvie Granatelli, Gail Kendall are some of my favorite people and I have worked with them in some capacity over the years. Prior to our live podcast recording I sent them three questions that this episode revolves around. You’ve all been making work for several decades. Do you aim to make work that fits an “ideal” or are you evolving over time? In other words, how close do you feel you are to making pots that are truly yours? How are you exploiting your studio time now as a creative outlet, and does that reach outside of ceramics? All three of you have made changes to your career (retirement, cutting down on shows) that were a big part of life for many years, what has the transition to your latest chapter of life been like? music credits: War on Drugs, Chance the Rapper, Gillian Welch
64 minutes | Jul 7, 2017
From the Treehouse to the Penthouse | Jennifer Brook | ep.#69
Jennifer Brook is an artist and strategic designer with an eclectic, inquiry-led practice. She currently is the lead design researcher at Dropbox in San Francisco, CA. I met Jennifer back in 2006 at the Penland School of Crafts while were were both working as studio assistants. Her confidence and ability to take what she's learned from making books and art has led her down a very interesting and socially engaging path. From her website: A brief working manifesto: Questions are magic Listen with guts Kindness connects Adventure is essential music credits: Future Islands, War on Drugs, Built to Spill
101 minutes | Jun 22, 2017
The Pivot (pt.1): A Human Centered Approach | Alex Matisse | ep. #68
Alex Matisse is a potter in Western North Carolina. In this first of two episodes about the idea of pivoting, he talks about moving from a traditional North Carolina pottery workshop to a market driven, sometimes mechanized form of production. This conversation was recorded in June of 2016, and we also recorded a follow-up in June of 2017 to help give listeners an idea of what challenges Alex and his team at Eastfork Pottery have had to endure. From their website: East Fork Pottery is nestled at the end of a valley on an old tobacco field, between steep green mountains, thirty minutes northwest of Asheville, North Carolina. Founded in 2010 by Alexander Matisse & Connie Coady, the workshop is now home to potter John Vigeland and a growing team of apprentices and staff. The Jonescast would also like to remember Paulus Berensohn, who passed on June 15. He was a guest of the show, and you can listen to him on episode #61. Rest in Peace. music credits: The Kinks, Schneider TM vs. Kpt. Michi.gan
51 minutes | Jun 8, 2017
The Dad Show | Kyle Carpenter, Simon Levin, Peter Scherr, Sean Scott | ep.#67
Recorded in front of a live audience in Portland, OR, this episode of the Jonescast revolves around the realities of being a father and a potter. All four guests (Kyle Carpenter, Simon Levin, Peter Scherr, Sean Scott) have had to figure out how to make their way as potters as they learn how to be fathers. You will also hear how important all of them consider their partners to be in their working life. This episode is brought to you in part by the Oregon College of Art and Craft and by NCECA. music credits: Charles Bradley
62 minutes | May 18, 2017
This Machine Kills Hate | Roberto Lugo | ep.#66
Roberto Lugo is an American potter, social activist, spoken word poet, and educator. Lugo's work draws together hip-hop, history and politics into formal ceramics and 2D works. Born in Philadelphia to Puerto Rican parents, Lugo began his career as a graffiti artist before discovering ceramics. He has been an Emerging Artist at NCECA, and has been awarded a fellowship as an United States Artist. We talk Trump's election victory, casual racism, and remaining empathetic. music credits: Joon Moon; Wu-Tang Clan
66 minutes | May 4, 2017
At the Intersection of Practice and Activism | Bryan Hopkins | ep.#65
Bryan Hopkins is a Buffalo, NY potter and educator. As a young man he was involved in the punk scene and activism of the early 80's. He found clay and, although in a somewhat different trajectory than his early days, is still engaged socially. This conversation is from 2016, we spoke over Skype, and some points of our discussion are a bit dated, but some are more relevant than ever (racial justice). You can read some of Bryan's writing here.
79 minutes | Apr 20, 2017
The Life Around the Studio | Courtney Martin | ep.#64
Courtney Martin is a full time studio potter in the hills of Bakersville, NC. Living rurally has allowed Martin, and her husband, to practice a sustainable lifestyle: gardening, heating their home with deadwood, and employing solar panels. Her geometrically decorated pots are made by both throwing and slab building and are then wood-fired. We spent most of our time talking about the current political culture of her local community, finding some footing in a hectic world, managing parenthood and studio, and where to get good beans. music credits: Parsley Sound, Pavement, Lou Reed
78 minutes | Apr 6, 2017
Eloquence is Power | Michael Strand | ep.#63
This episode was originally released in 2013. Michael Strand is an artist interested in setting up circumstances for people to be able to tell their stories. In his own words: "One of the great joys of being an artist is the ability to dream without limitations and then acting on those dreams without the fear of failure. With this mindset I can imagine that a cup could be infused with the spirit of the late Charles Kuralt, branching out into the country to seek out stories waiting to be told, or that a cup could hold the potential of the great Desmond Tutu, and be integral in conversations of mediation. Without practical limitations on function I am free to conceptualize how an object can operate in new and innovative ways." Indeed, Michael's work finishes the puzzle of functional ceramics. He makes the connection between maker, object, and user engaging and more importantly, vital.
71 minutes | Mar 16, 2017
Balancing Act | Adam Field | ep. #62
Adam Field is a potter and social media savant living in Helena, MT. He travels extensively throughout the US giving workshops and sharing his knowledge of ceramics to others. A pioneer in the combination of craft and social media, Adam has led the charge getting the word out about ceramics to the larger world on Periscope, Instagram, and YouTube. music credits: Chance the Rapper, MF Doom, Totally Mild
76 minutes | Nov 25, 2014
Poetry is Currency | Paulus Berensohn | ep.#61
At 80, Paulus Berensohn possesses more energy and gravity than most of us in our prime. He has been an important part of the Penland community for 40 years and he has been, and is, a dancer, poet, artist, and sage. We talked on his porch in Penland back in August. I'm lucky to have had the opportunity to do so. There's not a whole lot that I can say here that he hasn't said better. Enjoy this one, folks. It's a good one.
64 minutes | Nov 18, 2014
Lineage, Legacy, and Influence| Gail Kendall| ep.#60
Gail Kendall is an Emeritus Professor of Art at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. From 1987 until 2011 Gail built (along with Pete Pinnell and Eddie Dominguez) one of the strongest ceramic programs in the country. Her tenacious faith in the power of education, sharing ideas, and the necessity of craft has inspired and influenced hundreds of students throughout the years. Gail is one of my favorite people and I am very happy to have this conversation for all of you. Enjoy!
50 minutes | Oct 21, 2014
Step One: Commit Grand Theft Auto, Step Two: work for Dior | Jeffrey Hatfield | ep.#59
Jeffrey Hatfield is one of three principal operators of Guild. Essentially, he works with display, but in a much deeper and inclusive way. His job is to set the stage for action and interaction. Think about how that adidas pop-up showroom looks, or the Roberto Cavalli windows are arranged, or perhaps the Wired Store. His company has far reaching ambition and in our conversation we talk about the beginning of Guild, Jeffrey's kitchen training, management style, and his foray into grand theft auto. Recorded live during Design Week Portland in The Dome. Enjoy!
72 minutes | Oct 6, 2014
More (design), More (drawing), More (consumption)!!! | Kate Bingaman-Burt | ep.#58
Kate Bingaman-Burt is an industry onto herself. A graduate of the Univeristy of Nebraska-Lincoln, KBB now teaches graphic design at Portland State University, has published three books, and has clients that include Chipotle, Hallmark, IDEO, and the Girl Scouts of America. She's been closely involved in Handmade Nation, teaches workshops, and organizes events (Design Week Portland). We talk about learning and teaching graphic design, what cool is, and how to work with seemingly soulless corporate goliaths (my words, not hers). Enjoy!
73 minutes | Sep 10, 2014
Writing the Rules | West Coast Funk | Richard Shaw | ep.#59
In the final interview from my time down in the Bay Area back in June I bring to you a conversation with the eminent Richard Shaw. A pioneer of the West Coast/Funk movement, Richard recently retired from teaching at UC Berkeley. We talk about how he developed his trompe-l'oeil work, working as a young man with future ceramic greats, and his recent time spent in Korea.
74 minutes | Aug 12, 2014
Jumping Out of a Burning Building and Living with the Fallout | Christa Assad | ep.#56
Christa Assad is one of the most visible American ceramic artists working today. She's been working and living in Berkeley, CA for the past several years as a studio potter, and in between has lead countless workshops, been featured in a Carhartt apparel advertisement, and crowned the 2012 Ceramic Artist of the Year by Ceramics Monthly. In early 2014 she broke her back after jumping out of window to escape a house fire. We talk about getting derailed, starting back up, and how thinking changes after major life events.
78 minutes | Jul 29, 2014
Flatness, Roundness, Business, Pots | Forrest Lesch-Middelton | ep.#55
Forrest Lesch-Middelton is a potter and tile maker who lives and works in Northern California. I knew Forrest way back as an undergraduate student at Alfred University. He was one of the big seniors. He's continued on, making a clear mark as both a potter and businessman. We talk about his foray into tile, nerdy clay stuff like reduction cooling, and what a "real job" actually means.
68 minutes | Jul 17, 2014
What we Do When We Listen | Matthew Causey | ep.#54
Matthew Causey is a ceramic artist based in North Carolina. We met back in March at the NC Potter's Conference and he's since come to Portland, OR as a resident artist at the Ash St. Project. In this episode we talk about drawing, the speed of different processes, his early comic book and cartoon influences, and iPad etiquette.
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