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Mark Skudlarek, Todd Piker, and the British studio pottery lineage that traces back to Michael Cardew. Jones currently maintains a studio in Sandy Mush, NC where he wood fires functional ceramics that draw inspiration from 19th/20th century American pottery, and other forms of ceramics that could be loosely defined as "folk" pottery. In the interview we talk about the value of the North Carolina pottery scene, the relevance of folk art in contemporary life, and his relationship with ceramic critic Garth Clark. In 2011 Jones used his blog (Critique of a Critic) to engage Clark in a lively discussion about the role traditionally made objects, and their makers, have once they enter the fine art world. The discussion fueled Jones to push his work in new directions, yielding his "Country Funk" style. You can read more about their discussion and find out more about Jones Pottery at www.jonespottery.com.
Ep. 49 East Fork Pottery: Alex Matisse, John Vigeland, and Connie Coady on the Red Clay Rambler PodcastThis episode features an interview with the members of East Fork Pottery; Alex Matisse, Connie Coady, and John Vigeland. Alex founded the pottery in Madison County, NC after training with both Matt Jones and Mark Hewitt. East Fork Pottery's strongly thrown functional forms and slip-trailed motifs reference English slip ware, southern American ceramics, and an aesthetic that has become intimately linked with North Carolina. In the interview we talk about the rites of passage that are embedded in the apprenticeship system, the athleticism involved in making big pots, and romanticizing the life of a country potter. For more information on East Fork Pottery please visit their website www.eastforkpottery.com.
This episode features an interview with Steven Hill. A potter for over forty years, Hill has transitioned through many phases in his ceramic career including selling at art fairs, having gallery exhibitions, and managing a community studio. Hill was the founder of Red Star Studios in Kansas City, MO and is now a member of 323 Clay in Independence, MO. Hill is a much sought after workshop instructor who has taught in schools and craft institutions across the United States. In the interview we talk about learning to make pots in the hippie era, the artist ego, and being on the workshop circuit. For more information on Steven's work please visit www.stevenhillpottery.com.
Archie Bray Foundation. In the interview we talk about mining your own personal history for inspiration, finding a niche in the clay world, and traveling the workshop circuit. For more information on Martha's work please visit www.marthahgrover.com
This episode features an interview with Evelyn Craft Belger. She is the executive director of the Belger Arts Center and Red Star Studios in Kansas City, MO. Evelyn has been instrumental in the growth and display of the Belger Arts Collection, a private collection of thousands of contemporary art works, that is managed by the Belger Foundation and housed within the Belger Arts Center. In 2010 the foundation partnered with Red Star Studios to expand their facilities and increase their programing in the Kansas City area. In the interview we talk about establishing a mission/vision statement for an art organization, the history of the Belger collection and guiding Red Star into its newest phase of growth. To learn more about the Belger Collection please visit www.belgerartscenter.org. To find our more about the programs Red Star has to offer please visit www.redstarstudios.org.