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
Channing and Leah Smithson on Vessel: Art as a Doorway
Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Channing and Leah Smithson. The LA-based couple are artists and co-hosts of the podcast Vessel: Art as a Doorway. In our interview we talk about their creative practices in ceramics and painting, as well as their forays into digital art and NFT’s. We also discuss the genesis of their podcast, which delves into the intersection of creativity and the brain.
Canada Week: Brendan Tang on his Joss paper sculptures
Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Brendan Tang. He describes himself as being from the remix generation using the concept of hybridity to blend historical influences with current technology in his multimedia sculptures. We talk about the Joss paper tradition and his recent exhibition “Reluctant Offerings,” which features a full-scale Ford F-150 that was made as a burnt offering to his ancestors. We also discuss his much-acclaimed ceramic series Manga Ormulu.
377: Canada Week: Kaitlyn Brennan talks about ceramic education in Canada
Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Kaitlyn Brennan. Based in Merrickville, ON, she makes a line of terracotta pottery decorated with vibrant floral patterns and pop imagery. In our interview we talk about avenues for Canadians to learn ceramics, wholesaling to Canada-made shops, and her love of roller derby. In addition to her studio practice, she is the director of the Gloucester Pottery School, which offers ceramic classes in the Ottawa area. To see examples of her work visit www.kaitlynbrennan.com.
This interview is part of Canada Week, highlighting Canadian makers in the run up to the Ceramic Congress. Canada is the host country for this international online conference, which is happening May 27th- 31st. You can register for the five-day conference for only $10 at www.ceramic.school/the-ceramics-congress. I’ll be interviewing Greg Payce and Katrina Chaytor on the main stage on Thursday May 27th at 7pm EST. I’d love to have podcast fans in attendance for this online gathering, so I hope to see you there.
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Canada Week: Julie Moon on trusting the creative process
Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Julie Moon. A multi-talented maker based in Toronto, Moon makes sculptural forms approaching the human body from different perspectives. In the past she frequently sculpted the figure but now makes more amorphous forms that become canvases for geometric patterns. In our interview we talk about her time working in fashion, how to balance vibrant colors, and letting a work in process evolve over time.
Canada Week: Magdolene Dykstra on her raw clay sculptures
Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Magdolene Dykstra. Her raw clay sculptures depict a shifting biosphere of cells morphing to fill the environment they inhabit. The work centers around the effects of over population and the question “What is the role of the individual within the horde”? In our interview we talk about the concept of Polyanthroponemia, building large scale works with press molded parts, and using ceramic pigments for works on paper.
Canada Week: Martina Lantin on her passion for terracotta
Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Martina Lantin. Over the past twenty years she has explored many facets of terracotta pottery, drawing from Italian Renaissance maiolica and Persian slipware. In our interview we talk about her passion for terracotta, developing patterns under and over glazes, and stewarding the acclaimed ceramics program at the Alberta University of the Arts in Calgary, where she has been teaching since 2014.
Love your show. Such a diverse and intimate dive into each artist based on your fantastic interview questions. Thank you again!
grab a cup of coffee and sit a spell
this is still without a doubt my favorite time, when i actually have the free time in my car and my mind is not swamped with errands, i can sit and listen to a great conversation. Most of the time it makes me laugh, and all the time it makes me think. as always, thanks Ben.
Thank you for creating such an insightful podcast! Ben asks the best questions, allows the potter or guest to answer, no matter how long it takes. And he usually asks the question that I would too. My favorite part (that happens almost every show) is when there is a “heavy” discussion and the guest stops and asks “What was the question?” I love all of your topics and was a little surprised at a recent show about addiction. But I learned so much and was thankful that Ben is honest about issues that affect us all. I love the discussions on creating, history, teaching, aesthetics.... and more. Keep up the good work!!