American Craft interview at the American Pottery Festival

I did short interview with Julie Hanus from American Craft in the run up to this year's American Pottery Festival. To read the interview click here. The festival officially opened last night with a boisterous preview party and collector's viewing. Workshops and lectures start today and will continue through the weekend. For more information on the festival click here.

There are so many good pots at this year's festival. I have already picked out a few that will be added to my collection. One of the highlights so far has been seeing Andy Brayman's pots in person. His aesthetic is firmly of the digital age. Love the way he down scales his decaled decoration to reframe the way you perceive the size of the forms.

I'll be co-presenting a demonstration and talk called "Regional Foods/Regional Forms" with Josh Copus and executive chef Paul Berglund at 11:15. During the discussion Paul will choose a number of pots from the gallery to talk about how they might function well in the kitchen/dining room at his very hip restaurant The Bachelor Farmer. The group will focus on the farm-to-table movement and how ceramics can be used to accentuate the dining experience.

At 3:30 I will be moderating a panel on Mentorship and Influence with Linda Arbuckle, Alleghany Meadows, and Doug Casebeer. I have gathered these artists together to expand on how they have benefited from casual one-on-one learning situations. This will be recorded and podcast later in the year. Looking forward to a full day of pottery and shop talk. Come on out if you are in the Minneapolis area.

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