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53 minutes | Oct 19, 2021
He Takes Up To A Year To Make A Piece | Daniel Velasquez | Episode 776
Daniel Velasquez is a professional artist, muralist, and founder of Hydralas Designs. Daniel uses art to create a dialogue with diverse environments and their inhabitants in order to create a sense of community and wonder to public spaces. Daniel has a passion for nature, environmental design, health, and community which he seeks to promote with his work.
45 minutes | Oct 14, 2021
Getting to Know the Man Behind FrankArts.com | Tommy Frank | Episode 775
Tommy Frank was born and raised in Florida. Tommy received his B.A. in Ceramics from Asbury University (KY) and his M.F.A in Ceramics from Bowling Green State University (OH). In between Tommy was awarded three residencies: Morean Center for Clay (FL), Archie Bray Foundation (MT) summer residency and Odyssey ClayWorks (NC). He also attended the post-baccalaureate program at the University of Florida before going to graduate school. For nine years, Tommy was the Studio Manager at Belger Crane Yard Studios (MO). When he left that position, Tommy was supervising the Residency program, adult and children's education programming, Studio Membership program and retail clay supply at Crane Yard Clay. Since 2020, Tommy has been the founder and CEO of FrankArts, an online platform that produces and hosts virtual workshops for artists. The mission of FrankArts is to make artist presenters and their workshop presentations accessible to a global audience while generating sustainable income for artists.
42 minutes | Oct 12, 2021
He's On All the Platforms | Stephen Salter | Episode 774
Stephen Salter Pottery was founded in 2018 in Rockwall, Texas. Currently running and selling out of San Marcos Texas. When in college Stephen found his love for ceramic art when taking an elective class with Julie Blackstone. Very quickly it became one of the big centers of Stephen's life. Stephen started by selling custom work and doing shows, in 2021 he moved to San Marcos to apprentice at The Barn Pottery. Stephen now lives and works in San Marcos continuing his ceramic business with a focus in functional pottery.
54 minutes | Oct 7, 2021
Pros & Cons of a Shared Studio vs Private Studio | Isaih Porter | Episode 773
Isaih Porter, born and raised in California, is a young potter who currently works, teaches, and lives in Santa Barbara. At the beginning of the pandemic, Isaih was laid off from his job in game-development and took it as a sign (or maybe an excuse) to shift careers. Now, Isaih has created a small pottery business, began teaching regularly, produces work for other potters, and even converted an old electric kiln into his very own down-draft propane kiln.
43 minutes | Oct 5, 2021
The Power of Encouragement | Maddy Kelly | Episode 772
Maddy Kelly grew up on an island off the coast of New Jersey, participating in ceramics programs since 6th grade. Maddy went to college and studied nutrition, public health, and then got her master’s degree in health psychology. Maddy made a new year’s resolution to breathe more energy into ceramics in 2018.
54 minutes | Sep 30, 2021
"It's Not Going To Happen At Me" | Doug Rubenstein | Episode 771
Doug Rubenstein is a potter living in Northern California and is inspired by exploring the intersections between nature and people in his work. Prior to working as a potter full time, Doug was an early childhood teacher for 5 years in New York City and decided to focus on his passion for art in 2020 by starting his own small business, Fifth Season Studio, and moving back to the West Coast.
43 minutes | Sep 28, 2021
"I Wanna Milk The Cosmic Cow For All Its Worth" | Molly Walter | Episode 770
Molly Walter creates sculptural and functional ceramics with a focus on deeply carved patterns. Molly is a graduate of Haywood Community College's professional craft program. Originally from Illinois, Molly has lived and worked a variety of jobs in Western North Carolina since 2009. March 2021 marks Molly's first attempt at working full time in the studio.
44 minutes | Sep 23, 2021
A Jeweler Became a Potter | Emma Baird | Episode 769
Emma Baird is a jeweler in Edinburgh, Scotland, who started her adventures with Clay in 2019. Emma started out by making some simple plaster molds and slip casting porcelain that she coloured with mason stains, before trying out some experimental glaze pours on slab built stoneware plates. Emma's discovery of the endless possibilities with glazing led her to switch from porcelain to mainly work with stoneware and she finally got a wheel in March 2021. Emma's homewares are bright and colourful and put the fun into functional!
47 minutes | Sep 21, 2021
Some Talk About Pricing | Laura Crosland | Episode 768
Laura Crosland creates wheel thrown pottery intricately carved with geometric patterns and distinctive glazes, alongside a range of tableware in her studio in St Ives, Cornwall. Laura studied ceramics at Wolverhampton University before working for potters Peter Beard and Penny Simpson before 2 years at the Leach Pottery as a production potter.
51 minutes | Sep 16, 2021
Some Tips on Photo Setups | Paul Lowe | Episode 767
Paul Lowe Was born and raised in Oslo Norway where he spent his childhood cooking and crafting with his Grandmother. Paul worked as a food and prop stylist all over Europe before settling in NYC 15 years ago. Paul's love of ceramics started 7 years ago after taking a class.... It was love at first slab. Paul describes his style as heavily influenced by his Nordic heritage with clean and simple lines and colors. Today Paul lives and works in Palm Springs with husband James and 3 dogs.
45 minutes | Sep 14, 2021
Finding That Artist Confidence | Rebecca McClure | Episode 766
Rebecca McClure is a ceramic artist from Victoria, British Columbia in Canada, the territory of the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples. She began working with clay in 1991, but previously studied art education, theatre design, and art history at the University of Calgary. Rebecca creates work with a modern vibe, using classic forms, stark contrasts, and vibrant colours.
45 minutes | Sep 9, 2021
Some TikTok Talk | Aba Hutchison | Episode 765
Aba Hutchison is a new potter/ceramicist who has been studying the craft for a year and a half under Jonathan Williams of Rock Hill Pottery Center. Before Aba studied ceramics, she focused mainly on portraiture which has a strong influence on her style, featuring several freehand sgraffito or glaze pencil portraits. Aba also designs section plates for adults.
41 minutes | Sep 2, 2021
Back to School for Ceramics | Silvia Vega | Episode 763
Silvia Vega, born and raised in Guatemala, is currently a ceramic student at Lone Star College Montgomery, located near Houston, Texas, under the instruction of Professor Charles Wood. Silvia had the opportunity to explore various museums in Europe, finally settling down to live in Paris, France. Silvia had intentions of finally entering an art program, but the school she applied for had a waiting list of years! Despite these obstacles, Silvia's love for art never waned. In 2017, at the age of 44, Silvia decided to finally fulfill her dream of pursuing an art degree. Silvia was captivated by her first ceramics class where she realized her passion was using clay as a canvas for her creativity. When Silvia's hands aren't busy caring for her three children, they are molding, sculpting, and drawing. Only recently has Silvia begun to enter her work into shows. In her second semester at Lone Star College Silvia won first place in a juried art show. Silvia has been published for three consecutive years in the school magazine, Swirl Magazine, which features selected students' fine arts and writing. Silvia continues to pour her heart into her pottery as she explores various techniques and finds new ways to express her creativity.
38 minutes | Aug 31, 2021
An Australian Living in California | Nicola Moore | Episode 763
Nicola Moore is an Australian ceramics and mixed media artist who works out of her backyard studio in Pasadena, California. Nicola's work is a vibrant and eclectic creation of unique and functional works of art. She thrives on spontaneity, color, and the exciting evolution of experimental processes. Born in South Africa, and brought up in New Zealand and Australia, Niclola completed a Bachelor of Design in Visual Communications in 2004. Since then life, and Nicol's previous work as a motion graphics artist and painter, led her to live in many different cities around the world, including London, New York, Amsterdam, and currently, Los Angeles. Now, through a consciously intuitive work flow, Nicola draws from a global pool of inspiration and experience.
51 minutes | Aug 26, 2021
A Slip Caster Talks Shop | Alison Thyra Grubb | Episode 761
Alison Thyra Grubb makes iridescent ceramic jewelry and homeware in her studio in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Alison graduated from Gray’s School of Art in 2019 where she studied 3D design, specializing in ceramics. Alison's geometric ceramics are made using a combination of slip casting and 3D printing and are decorated using colour changing lustre glazes.
51 minutes | Aug 24, 2021
Just Out of an Internship | Brian Chen | Episode 760
Brian Chen is from New Jersey and discovered ceramics in college in 2014 and has since spent most of his time trying to learn as much as he could. Brian took a few workshops before finding himself working with Simon Levin as an apprentice. Brian finished his apprenticeship at the end of 2020 and is currently a resident artist at Carbondale Clay Center.
71 minutes | Aug 17, 2021
A Return to the Original Clay Podcaster | Brian R Jones | Episode 759
Brian R. Jones grew up in Syracuse, NY and is now an artist living and working in Portland, OR. He has been a resident artist at Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, ME and The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, PA. He has earned degrees from The New York State College of Ceramics (BFA) and Southern Methodist University (MFA). He was a presenter at the Utilitarian Clay VI: Celebrate the Object at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in September 2012. In 2013, Jones was selected as an Emerging Artist by the National Council on the Education in the Ceramic Arts.
62 minutes | Aug 12, 2021
Making What's Within You | George Metropolous McCauley | Episode 758
George Metropoulos McCauley, a Greek/American potter, has had 30 solo shows and has been included in 400 exhibitions. He has taught and conducted workshops internationally. The recipient of 4 National Endowment for the Arts grants and the prestigious Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence for the Arts at Austin Peay State University in Clarkesville, TN, his pottery and sculpture are included in international collections in 12 countries. Among the books and periodicals to feature his work are: Teapots, 21st Century Ceramics in the United States and Canada, The Best of Pottery (editions 1 and 2), Contemporary Ceramics, Wheel Thrown Ceramics, Ceramic Sculpture: Inspiring Techniques , Glazes: Materials, Recipes and Techniques, The International Teapot Exhibition in Shanghai, 500 Vases and 500 Platters, 500 Teapots . Ceramics Monthly, The Chinese Potter’s Newsletter, Ceramics Monthly of Korea, Ceramics: Art and Perception. McCauley continues to have a busy workshop and exhibition schedule and still finds time to produce his own local television show,” George’s House of Interesting Things” on HCTV , and “GHOC Wednesday Night Videos on the internet. He has 2 films to his credit, “Archie C. Bray, Life at the Brickyard” 2008 and “Ron Meyers and the Usual Suspects” 2013. Additionally McCauley has been working with the low income and disabled community for 50 years. He maintains a studio at his home in Helena, Montana where he makes colorful earthenware pots, high temperature wood firing, earthenware wood firing and narrative sculpture. Along the way he has worked as a chef in a Greek restaurant, Formula 4 Racecar mechanic and driver, fulltime cowboy/horse trainer, concrete inspector, aluminum siding salesman, western catalog model, lifeguard and carpenter.
45 minutes | Aug 10, 2021
That Sense of Wonder | Jolene Hewison | Episode 757
Jolene Hewison is a ceramicist working from the beautiful Margaret River Region in Western Australia. Jolene's work is design focused, with the aim of incorporating both aesthetic and functional qualities in interesting ways. Jolene loves the idea of making work that can feel special and be of use in every day life.
30 minutes | Aug 5, 2021
A Part-Time Potter | Melodee Joy Jackson | Episode 756
Melodee Joy Jackson is a Michigan-based potter who works with high-fire stoneware. Melodee sometimes etches images into her pottery, such as panoramic views of houses and city scapes. Currently Melodee is making pieces with sculpture, whether that be shallow relief grapes on a chalice or a life-size frog on top of a jar.
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