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Join curator Angelik Vizcarrondo-Laboy and ceramic artist Alex Anderson as they discuss the aesthetics of optimism in contemporary ceramics. Humor, cuteness, and the decorative will be jumping off points for conversations with young professionals of color who are shaping the field today.

Clay in Color The Brickyard Network

    • Arts
    • 5.0 • 11 Ratings

Join curator Angelik Vizcarrondo-Laboy and ceramic artist Alex Anderson as they discuss the aesthetics of optimism in contemporary ceramics. Humor, cuteness, and the decorative will be jumping off points for conversations with young professionals of color who are shaping the field today.

    The Ceramic Still Life with Ryan Flores

    The Ceramic Still Life with Ryan Flores

    Today, on Clay in Color, we chat with Ryan Flores. He creates bountiful sculptures of vegetation in a psychedelic array of glazes. In our interview, he talks about vegetation as an extension of his formal exploration of the figurative, the relationship between beauty and spectacle, and his love for working exclusively with clay and glaze. We also discuss how geography has affected his practice, trying to control results as much as possible, and letting go of preoccupations with repetition. Furthermore, he talks about the shifts he sees young artists making in the field.
     
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    • 48 min
    On Giving Life to “The Girls” with Murjoni Merriweather

    On Giving Life to “The Girls” with Murjoni Merriweather

    Today, on Clay in Color, we chat with Murjoni Merriweather. She creates stylized figurative sculptures that celebrate Black beauty. In our interview, she talks about her unconventional approach to sculpting and materials, mainly using synthetic hair and glitter, and the evolution towards producing successful mixed media pieces. We also discuss staying open to learning new things, positive residencies, and getting ideas from dreams. Furthermore, she explains how her sculptures celebrate Black folks and their importance as a historical record.  
     
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    • 33 min
    Following Your Guts with Roxanne Jackson

    Following Your Guts with Roxanne Jackson

    Today, on Clay in Color, we chat with Roxanne Jackson. She creates fantastical sculptures that combine beauty and horror. In our interview, she talks about finding beauty in unexpected places, her fascination with sci-fi and horror imagery as a way of reconnecting with nature, and her background as a river guide. We also discuss her fruitful time alone in her new home during the COVID-19 pandemic, seeing ceramics as minerals and drawing from global mythology and lore. Furthermore, she talks about her engagement with taboo imagery, specifically guts, as a symbol of connectivity and of digesting trauma.
     
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    • 43 min
    The Garden as a Second Studio with Syd Carpenter

    The Garden as a Second Studio with Syd Carpenter

    Today, on Clay in Color, we chat with Syd Carpenter. She creates sculptures that center the geopolitical history and social mobility of Black farmers and gardeners in America. In our interview, she provides affirmations and advice on not ignoring our creative impulses, deciding to become artists, and continuing to make despite challenges. We also discuss how gardens and the drive to tend the land as a Black American became essential to her personal life and practice, and how she has explored the subject matter in her practice for decades. Furthermore, she talks about coming up with a three-dimensional vocabulary, the metaphysical aspect of her work, and the importance of eliminating the anonymity of Black contributions to gardening and farming.
     
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    • 42 min
    On Dancing with Clay with Maya Vivas

    On Dancing with Clay with Maya Vivas

    Today on Clay in Color, we chat with Maya Vivas. They create sinuous sculptures that are “moving but not moving” and behave like autonomous bodies. In our interview, we talk about Vivas’s background as a performer and how that influences how they work with ceramics, the swirling language that has become signature to their work, and their clay performances. We also discuss how they center play and pleasure even when addressing issues that affect Black and queer communities. Furthermore, they share about life in London, and their return to painting.    
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    • 34 min
    On Yassifying Sculptures and Displays with Joel Gaitan

    On Yassifying Sculptures and Displays with Joel Gaitan

    Today on Clay in Color, we chat with Joel Gaitan. He creates personified earthenware vessels that mirror his friends, family, and himself while drawing from the ceramic language of early Mesoamerican ceramics. In our interview, we talk about how Gaitan found his way to ceramics and how he rethinks museological displays as a celebration. We also discuss growing up in a religious household, how he reconnects to his Nicaraguan heritage as a first-generation Miamian, and wanting to portray “big bodies” through his ceramics. Furthermore, he shares his thoughts on complex terms such as “Latinidad” and “pre-Columbian.”
     
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    • 42 min

Customer Reviews

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11 Ratings

11 Ratings

StephS2929 ,

Killer Hosts!

Love the hosts and the energy that they bring to some truly incredible conversations. I look forward to every episode drop as an opportunity for me to engage with new perspectives, insights, and windows into the studios and lives of amazing makers and creators. More please!

Carter Pottery ,

Thanks for showcasing new artists

Thanks to Alex and Angelik for introducing their listeners to so many great artists. Keep up the good work.

Amanda Wilkey ,

Fantastic!

I love the episode linking gardening and clay.

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