224 episodes

Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast features weekly interviews with ceramic artists from around the world. Host Ben Carter talks with potters, sculptors, and designers about their creative practice. www.talesofaredclayrambler.com

Tales of a Red Clay Rambler: A pottery and ceramic art podcast The Brickyard Network

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Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast features weekly interviews with ceramic artists from around the world. Host Ben Carter talks with potters, sculptors, and designers about their creative practice. www.talesofaredclayrambler.com

    Why wood fire with Joy Brown, Kate Waltman, John Neely, and Garth Johnson

    Why wood fire with Joy Brown, Kate Waltman, John Neely, and Garth Johnson

    Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast we have a live episode that was taped as part of the Envision: Woodfire NC conference in May 2022. Guest host Garth Johnson talks with Joy Brown, Kate Waltman, and John Neely about their use of wood firing as an aesthetic tool, as well as a discussion on the environmental and cultural impacts of the practice.
     
    Today’s episode is brought to you by the following sponsors:
     
    For the past 100 years, AMACO Brent has been creating ceramic supplies for our community ranging from underglazes to electric kilns, and they have no plans of slowing down. www.amaco.com

    • 1 hr 3 min
    Kathy King on the feminist themes in her graphic ceramics

    Kathy King on the feminist themes in her graphic ceramics

    Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I talk with artist and educator Kathy King. Her graphic sgraffito-decorated ceramics often depict relationship dynamics and feminist themes. In our interview we talk about her early sculptural work around reproductive rights, how she matches images to form, and her day job running the ceramics studio at Harvard University. For more information on Kathy visit www.kathykingart.com.
     
    Today’s episode is brought to you by the following sponsors:
    Join more than 40 potters for the 11th annual Michiana Pottery Tour, September 24 and 25 in Northern Indiana and Southern Michigan www.michianapotterytour.com @michianapotterytour.
     
    For the past 100 years, AMACO Brent has been creating ceramic supplies for our community ranging from underglazes to electric kilns, and they have no plans of slowing down. www.amaco.com
     
    Skutt Ceramic Products has been manufacturing equipment for potters since 1953. Their KilnMaster Touchscreen controller offers a sleek, smartphone-like interface that is intuitive and packed with powerful tools that allow potters to easily program, diagnose, and remotely monitor their kilns. www.skutt.com.

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Podcast extravaganza with Rebecca Ickes Carra from the Maker’s Playbook

    Podcast extravaganza with Rebecca Ickes Carra from the Maker’s Playbook

    Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I talk with photographer and podcast host Rebecca Ickes Carra. For more than a decade she has been a professional photographer focused on weddings and portraiture. A few years back she turned that business know-how into the podcast the Maker’s Playbook, where she interviews ceramic artists and other creatives about their business. In today’s interview we have a special format where we interview each other about podcasting and the growth of our small businesses. This is part one of the interview and you can hear part two later this week on the Maker’s Playbook feed. For more information on Rebecca visit www.makersplaybook.com.
     
    Today’s episode is brought to you by the following sponsors:
     
    Join more than 40 potters for the 11th annual Michiana Pottery Tour, September 24 and 25 in Northern Indiana and Southern Michigan www.michianapotterytour.com @michianapotterytour.
     
    For the past 100 years, AMACO Brent has been creating ceramic supplies for our community ranging from underglazes to electric kilns, and they have no plans of slowing down. www.amaco.com
     
    Skutt Ceramic Products has been manufacturing equipment for potters since 1953. Their KilnMaster Touchscreen controller offers a sleek, smartphone-like interface that is intuitive and packed with powerful tools that allow potters to easily program, diagnose, and remotely monitor their kilns. www.skutt.com.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Steve Theberge on finding a meaningful context for your aesthetic

    Steve Theberge on finding a meaningful context for your aesthetic

    Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I talk with Massachusetts potter Steve Theberge. His functional pots are decorated with slips that are reduction cooled to create rich earth tones. In our interview we talk about the influence of Zen monastic training and social justice work on his studio practice, as well as his educational roots in the apprenticeship system. We also discuss the newly formed Early Career Fellowship for BIPOC Ceramic Artists that is supported by the Asparagus Valley Pottery Trail. Steve is a host for the yearly event that brings thousands of ceramic lovers to Western Mass each spring. For more information visit www.stevetheberge.com and www.asparagusvalleypotterytrail.com.
     
    Today’s episode is brought to you by the following sponsors:
     
    Join more than 40 potters for the 11th annual Michiana Pottery Tour, September 24 and 25 in Northern Indiana and Southern Michigan www.michianapotterytour.com @michianapotterytour.
     
    For the past 100 years, AMACO Brent has been creating ceramic supplies for our community ranging from underglazes to electric kilns, and they have no plans of slowing down. www.amaco.com
     
    The Rosenfield Collection of Functional Ceramic Art is an on-line source for research and inspiration, featuring images of thousands of objects made by over 800 artists. www.Rosenfieldcollection.com.

    • 55 min
    Takuro Shibata on developing local clays at STARworks ceramics

    Takuro Shibata on developing local clays at STARworks ceramics

    Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I talk with Takuro Shibata, a working potter and Director of STARworks Ceramics in Star, NC. In our interview we talk about settling in North Carolina after a degree in chemical engineering and a ceramic apprenticeship in Japan, and developing an aesthetic using local materials fired in a wood kiln. We also discuss his forthcoming book Wild Clay: Creating ceramics and glazes from natural and found resources , which he coauthored with Hitomi Shibata and Matt Levy. For more information visit www.studiotouya.com.
     
    Today’s episode is brought to you by the following sponsors:
    Join more than 40 potters for the 11th annual Michiana Pottery Tour, September 24 and 25 in Northern Indiana and Southern Michigan www.michianapotterytour.com @michianapotterytour.
     
    For the past 100 years, AMACO Brent has been creating ceramic supplies for our community ranging from underglazes to electric kilns, and they have no plans of slowing down. www.amaco.com
     
    The Rosenfield Collection of Functional Ceramic Art is an on-line source for research and inspiration, featuring images of thousands of objects made by over 800 artists. www.Rosenfieldcollection.com.

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Alex Anderson on the dark glamour of L.A. and Clay in Color

    Alex Anderson on the dark glamour of L.A. and Clay in Color

    Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I talk with Los Angeles-based artist Alex Anderson. In our interview we discuss the ideas behind his use of mirrors, the L.A. art scene, and the relaunch of his podcast Clay in Color with Angelik Vizcarrondo-Laboy, which recently started its second season. For more information visit www.alexalexalexalex.com.
     
    Today’s episode is brought to you by the following sponsors:
     
    Join more than 40 potters for the 11th annual Michiana Pottery Tour, September 24 and 25 in Northern Indiana and Southern Michigan www.michianapotterytour.com @michianapotterytour.
     
    Fall workshops are now open for registration at Snow Farm: The New England Craft Program, including a weekend workshop on Sgraffito & the Narrative Surface with Kathy King on October 8th - 10th. Register today at www.snowfarm.org.
     
    For the past 100 years, AMACO Brent has been creating ceramic supplies for our community ranging from underglazes to electric kilns, and they have no plans of slowing down. www.amaco.com

    • 56 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
224 Ratings

224 Ratings

solo seeking higher ground ,

Listening to Walter O a 2nd time

Thanks Ben for bringing these wonderful interviews into my home. I’ve just finished listening to the latest interview Walter Ostrom again. It’s the one coinciding with his retrospective book Good Earth. I feel like anytime spent with Walter makes me smarter. He has been a huge influence on my work and how I think about pottery. I learn something new each time I listen. I’m thrilled to have him recorded for all time.

I spent two weeks with him at a workshop and I will never be the same. He is a one off and we are all so lucky to have access to him in this way. Clearly it’s time for me to buy a book. Thanks again Ben

jkthinks ,

Always interesting

Informed interviewer asks good questions and fantastic, repeat fantastic guests.

texasdallasant ,

Synchronicity!

Today’s episode is crazy! I’m a landscaper as well and have been doing it my whole life with my father and grandfather.

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