Matt Kelleher on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast

This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have 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 learning through new life experiences. For more information on Matt you can visit www.mattkelleher.com. You can also find him on Facebook.

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Matt and his wife, potter Shoko Teruyama, spent the month of June working and teaching at the Archie Bray. I loved the vase drawings Matt tacked up to his studio wall. He uses brown butcher paper to design and make cut outs for potential forms. The curilinear lines of the drawings gave the studio a beautiful energy. 

Matt and Shoko are past resident artists at the Penland School of Craft. Check out this 2007 video from the PBS Craft in America Series were they talk about their residency experience. 


  1. Wow! I never give myself the time to listen to podcasts, but I decided I'd give this a chance. This was incredible. It was like paying witness to two friends having a conversation over a few cups of coffee. I'll try to go back and catch some of the others as well.

    Keep up the good work! Thanks so much for taking the time and making the effort to do these interviews. Its a great part of our potting cultural resource to have access to these artists' more relaxed versions of what they are thinking and doing. The conversational nature is something vital and accessible.

    1. Hello Carter, Glad to hear you have jumped into the podcast world. It has become one of my primary forms of communication in the last year. I really enjoy the conversations and the wonderful insights people share in a casual interview. I'd love to get you on the podcast one day. Would you be interested if I can make it down your way?

    2. I do hope we get to meet some day, and if you have a recording device handy I'd be more than happy to sit down and chat. Sounds like fun! I just hope I'd be up to the task. Maybe if I get jacked up on a few quarts of coffee I'd present something entertaining ;)