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
Cassils on the body as both material and tool in performance art
Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Cassils. Their performance-based work often utilizes physical force and exertion as a metaphor for struggle and survival. In our interview we talk about creating pieces that are in dialogue with past artists, the role the audience plays as observer within a performance, and how they use their body as both a material and tool in their work.
Paul Greenhalgh on how ceramics shaped civilization
Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Paul Greenhalgh. His book Ceramic Art and Civilisation establishes a historical through line linking four transformative eras into a larger history that explains how ceramics helped civilizations flourish. In our interview we talk about the great aesthetic transformers, how museums structure our understanding of history, and why skill remains an important aspect of art history.
Juan Barroso on using pointillism to tell immigrant stories
Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Juan Barroso. His ceramic forms are decorated with finely painted pointillist images of family members and objects that link to childhood memories and immigrant narratives. In our interview we talk about taking the “handyman” approach to art making, how pointillism stands as a metaphor for labor, and how art is a conduit for expressing emotion.
Wendy Gers on curatorial activism
Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with curator and scholar Wendy Gers. She has curated numerous international exhibitions including the First Central China International Ceramics Biennale in 2016 and the Taiwan Ceramics Biennale in 2014. In our interview we talk about the dynamics of curating, the award-winning exhibition Post Colonialism?, and how ceramic studios might join the Green movement by applying best practices for environmental management.
Mark Shapiro on 19th-century potter Thomas Commeraw
Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Mark Shapiro. He is a noted potter and author based in western Massachusetts. In this interview we focus on his research into Thomas Commeraw, one of the most important potters working in New York City in the early 1800’s. We discuss the iconic Oyster jars that are attributed to his studio, his political and religious life within the African American community, and his participation in a tumultuous colonial project in Sierra Leonne.
Natalia Arbelaez on activating ceramics through performance
Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Natalia Arbelaez. Her sculptures often involve figures interacting or conveying emotion with their facial expressions. She draws from her Colombian family’s immigration story to tell a larger cultural history of hybridization that is a result of migration. In our interview we talk about activating ceramic objects through performance, and the research and making she has been doing around artists of color in museum collections.
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!!
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This podcast will help you understand the different mediums in the clay field. Ben never disappoints you. You WILL learn something on each show. Guaranteed. He asks the questions that we all want to hear. Special thx to him for not only his creativity but to his real nature and candor. Thanks Ben!