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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

Tales of a Red Clay Rambler: A pottery and ceramic art podcast Ben Carter

    • Visual Arts

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

    312: HP Bloomer talks about balancing risk taking and loss rate in studio production

    312: HP Bloomer talks about balancing risk taking and loss rate in studio production

    Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with HP Bloomer. His functional ceramics are decorated with layers of pattern before being fired in atmospheric kilns to enhance their surfaces. In our interview we talk about how complexity in his making process keeps him engaged, learning to self-edit, and methods for pattern making.

    • 56 min
    311: Louise Cort on forty years of ceramic research and museum curation

    311: Louise Cort on forty years of ceramic research and museum curation

    Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Louise Cort. After traveling to Japan on an exchange program in high school, Louise developed a love for everyday functional objects. This fascination led her to a PHD in ceramic history from Oxford. For the last forty years Cort has worked for the Smithsonian Institution as the curator of ceramics. In the interview we talk about how the display of an object creates meaning and how museums are evolving as cultural awareness shifts.

    • 1 hr 21 min
    310: Ryan Greenheck on generating financial opportunities through invitational group sales

    310: Ryan Greenheck on generating financial opportunities through invitational group sales

    Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Ryan Greenheck. His functional ceramics are influenced by European slipware and Chinese porcelain traditions. He has been instrumental in starting invitational sales of functional ceramics in the North East of the United States. In our interview we talk about evolving in the studio with the help of your peers, curating a sale to meet the needs of a community, and taking short term risks for long term financial gains.

    • 1 hr 11 min
    309: Stephanie Kantor on how bathing culture inspires her sculpture

    309: Stephanie Kantor on how bathing culture inspires her sculpture

    Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Stephanie Kantor. In her most recent body of work Stephanie explores myths surrounding water through multiple series of ceramic sculpture and painting. In our interview we talk about the relative values of art-making materials, how experiencing a Turkish hammam sparked her interest in bathing culture, and her time as a Zeldin fellow at the Clay Studio in Philadelphia.

    • 50 min
    308: Fall Fund Drive: Peltz, Dehnert, and Vettoso on the history and impact of the Old Church Pottery Show

    308: Fall Fund Drive: Peltz, Dehnert, and Vettoso on the history and impact of the Old Church Pottery Show

    Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I speak with Aysha Peltz, Bruce Dehnert, and Lisa Vettoso, the organizers of the 45th annual Old Church Pottery Show. The event started in 1975 as a fundraiser for the Art School at Old Church in Demarest, NJ and quickly grew into one of the premier yearly sales of studio ceramics in the United States. In the interview we talk about the legacy of sale founders Karen Karnes and Mikhail Zakin, the curating process, and the genres within studio ceramics today.

    • 54 min
    307: Fall Fund Drive: Michael Connelly on converting former industrial spaces into a creative hub in Philadelphia

    307: Fall Fund Drive: Michael Connelly on converting former industrial spaces into a creative hub in Philadelphia

    Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Michael Connelly. In his Phoenixville, PA studio he makes functional pottery balancing highly engineered forms and expressive line work. In our interview we talk about creating the bones of a strong ceramic form, converting former industrial spaces into creative space in the Brewerytown neighborhood of Philadelphia, and finding work/life balance.

    • 1 hr 1 min

Customer Reviews

Brian Malnassy ,

A creative conversation haven

This is my favorite podcast for so many reasons. Ben picks and discusses such diverse artists and topics that every episode offers fresh and new content. Recently, the John Gill episode hit me right in the heart and truly made me feel connected to this amazing community in a way I never thought possible. Ben is such a good interviewer- he’s always prepared and has great questions and responses. I listen to this podcast while in my studio, sketching, cooking, doing dishes, it’s just right for anything. Thank you so much Ben!

MacPottery ,

if you are into clay, you are into this

sit down, or sit around the studio and listen as clay heads go off on everything to aesthetics to life choices, to life decisions. i absolutely love this show because you don't need to know a lot about clay to get how an artist makes decisions, or if you think you know a lot about clay, it offers tricks to save time, and save you from pulling your hair out, what little we have left, hearing about other potters struggle. a real show. thanks Ben.

Dr Claire R ,

My favorite podcasts

I listened to the podcast about Pewabic Pottery and loved it! Like all TRCR podcasts, I learned a great deal. I'm a collector, not an artist, and your podcasts increase my knowledge of the history of ceramics, various techniques, and artists themselves. Thanks so much!

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