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
Masa Sasaki on making a living as a potter
Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Masa Sasaki. His functional pots are decorated with vibrant color schemes emphasizing motifs of deer, one-eyed aliens and punctuation marks, forming a cryptic biography for the viewer to decode. In the interview we talk about the meaning behind his symbols, how previous professions helped build skills for his ceramic career and developing a market for his work.
361: In Tribute: Christine McHorse on her evolution from traditional Pueblo pottery to sculpture
Noted Navajo sculptor Christine McHorse died earlier this week. She was born in 1948 in Morenci, AZ and started working full-time in the arts after attending the Institute of American Indian Arts in the 1960’s. She met her husband Joel there and learned to make ceramics in the Pueblo style from his family. Around two decades into her career she transitioned into a style of sculptural vessels that drew national and international acclaim. This interview was originally recorded in 2016.
Jessica Putnam Phillips on using art to personalize military experience
Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Jessica Putnam Phillips. She creates ceramic forms decorated with depictions of women in combat situations juxtaposed against floral patterns from historical dinnerware. She uses the pairing to contrast the role women play in both domestic and public service. In our interview we talk about how creative work can help service members deal with stress-related disorders and ClayShare, an online ceramic education platform that she founded.
Mandy Kolahi on guiding an inclusive community studio through a pandemic
Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Mandy Kolahi. She co-founded POT, a community studio in Los Angeles, to create a safe space for artists of color and other marginalized groups to work in ceramics. In our interview we talk about how the founding principles of equality guided the growth of the studio, how they have pivoted their programming since the pandemic, and how studios like POT can break the opportunity cycle for the next generation of artists.
Larissa Warren on the Wild Women and Wild Clay of Tamborine Mountain
Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Larissa Warren. She is based in Tamborine Mountain, Australia where she uses Nerikomi to make ceramic vessels that reference geological strata. She has been researching the raw clays that are native to her area and the potters that used them dating back to the 1940’s. In our interview we talk about searching for raw clays, the history of female potters in Tamborine Mountain, and the impact they had on their rural mountain community.
Jason Sandy on Mudlarking the Thames River
Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Jason Sandy. He is a modern-day mudlark searching the foreshore of the Thames River in London. In our interview we talk about the history of London as a riverside city, the wide variety of objects that are found in the anaerobic mud of the Thames, and what these objects tell us about the eras they came from. We also discuss his newly published book Thames Mudlarking: Searching for London’s Lost Treasures.
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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!!
Not 5.... 10 😂
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!