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This episode features an interview with potter Matt Kelleher. He designs utilitarian ware with a keen eye for the architecture and edge quality of his hand built forms. He combines layers of slip with the soda firing process to create rich translucent surfaces that capture the mood and density of the Western NC landscape he now calls home. In the interview we talk about cultivating curiosity, escaping the boundaries of the artist statement, and working through the challenges a new life experience can create. For more information on Matt you can visit www.mattkelleher.com. You can also find him on Facebook.
This episode features an interview with ceramic artist and educator Merran Esson. Her recent body of work springs from a two week excursion she took to a remote part of western New South Wales, Australia. She says of the trip, "I have always had an affinity with the land, having spent my childhood on a farm in the foothills of the Snowy Mountains, however, the geology and vastness of this recent exploration has brought a more organic resolve to this work. My interest in the collision between man and nature continues." This collision manifests itself through her sculptural vessels, which are at once reminiscent of the earth's crust and man-made metal structures, such as machinery parts and corrugated water tanks. In the interview we talk about learning to trust one's inner voice, capturing the passage of time within an object, and her role as the head of ceramics at the National Art School in Sydney Australia. For more information on Merran's work please visit www.merranesson.com. You can also find her on Facebook.
This episode features an interview with sculptor Vipoo Srivilasa. After immigrating from Thailand to Australia Vipoo has used ceramic sculpture to explore the similarities between his native and adoptive culture. Over the past 16 years Vipoo has developed a body of porcelain figurines that mixes the blue and white traditions of East Asia with contemporary symbols of Australian identity. His work has been described as "a playful blend of historical Figurative and Decorative art practices with a health dose of Contemporary Culture." In this two part interview we discuss the artist's ego, the gallery system, and breaking into the international art market. For more information about Vipoo's work please visit www.vipoo.com.
This episode features an interview with ceramic artist and curator Jill Foote-Hutton. Her totemic sculptures reference gods, monsters, and heros. She is interested in the psychological role these archetypes play in our society. She says of her work "There is an interminable distance between one human and another. In attempts to bridge the distance we climb through hierarchies and assumptions to find there are no monsters and there are no gods. Simultaneously we realize there are only monsters and there are only gods." In the interview we discuss how art can be a catalyst for social engagement, the role collaboration plays in her art, and her curatorial practice. For more information about Jill's work please visit www.whistlepigstudio.com. When not in the studio Jill is the gallery coordinator for Red Lodge Clay Center. To find our more about Red Lodge Clay Center please visit www.redlodgeclaycenter.com.
This episode features an interview with ceramic artist David Hiltner. His functional pottery and sculpture references the farming landscapes of the midwestern United States. He says of his work "I am interested in rural landscapes, silos, rolling hills, and furrowed fields. The patterns, textures, and colors translated into the vessel are memories, moments, and thoughts frozen by fire. These vessels are created to celebrate the land that inspires and sustains me." In the interview we talk about his recent exploration of corn as a symbol for commodization, his love of the great outdoors, and his experience founding the Red Lodge Clay Center. In 2005 he left his position as an Associate Professor at Wichita State University in Wichita, Kansas to create a full service clay center in Red Lodge Montana. The clay center has grown to include an artist-in-residence program, gallery, and community clay classes. For more information please visit www.redlodgeclaycenter.com.
Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I am featuring a compilation of excerpts from season one of the podcast. While all of season one's episodes are unique and enlightening in their own way, these clips raise topics that I haven't been able to shake out of my head. The episode features excerpts from interviews with Matt Long, Chandra Debuse, Christin Johansson, Nina Hole, Willow Neilson and Jason Burnett. I am eternally grateful to all the artists who took part in season one of the podcast.