ep.#49 Dwight Holland

April 10th, 2014

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Dwight Holland founded the NC Potter’s Conference, which celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2012. He’s also collected pots, hundreds and hundreds of them, for the past 60 years. Ben Carter and I had the opportunity to talk to Mr. Holland about his collection, his life in Asheboro, and what Seagrove means within the global ceramic scale. This podcast is brought to you by the NC Potter’s Conference and the Randolph Arts Guild.

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ep.#48 EXTRAsode with Richard Jacobs and Gareth Mason

April 4th, 2014

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The collector (and writer, professor, raconteur, etc.) Richard Jacobs and the British ceramic artist Gareth Mason held forth at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia earlier this year. Their discussion, a performance really, is taken from excerpts of their jointly authored book More is More.

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ep.#46 Jeff Oestreich

February 6th, 2014

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Jeff Oestreich has been a mainstay in American ceramics for almost 40 years. Working from his home in Minnesota, Jeff has influenced countless makers and continues to advance his work at his own pace. We sat down back in December in Portland, OR and talked about his time working for Bernard Leach, setting up his early studios, and how his life has played out since.

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ep.#45 Ryan LaBar

January 24th, 2014

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Ryan LaBar is currently the program director at LH Project in Joseph, OR. We met up while Ryan was in Portland for a night on his way back home from Germany. His work has been exhibited extensively, most recently at NCECA in Houston, TX. He’s been a resident at the Archie Bray Foundation, Gaya Ceramic Arts Center, Ubud, Bali, and received his MFA from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln in 2010. This one covers a lot: spirituality, the conscious vs unconscious, how he ships his work, and LH Project. Dig in and enjoy!

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ep.#44 Ian Anderson

December 31st, 2013

Ian Anderson is the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College at the Maine College of Art. He’s a busy man (also married to the great Kari Radasch), and one of my favorite people. Ian has an MFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where I first met him, has worked as a studio assistant for Silvie Granatelli, started a line of functional pottery (Neutrino), and has been at MECA for the past few years. Ian has an exceptional ability to communicate ideas and processes, as well as inspire students, that place him somewhere between artist, educator, and administrator. He’s engaged, informed, and actively trying to bring art and design education further into the 21st century. We cover a lot in this one, enjoy.

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ep.#43 Janice Jakielski

December 20th, 2013

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Janice Jakielski makes beautiful work. It’s that simple. And she’s a self-described 10%’er (90% non-ceramic material), which brings her a certain suspicion in the sometimes narrow minded ceramic world. She talks about her inclination to keep moving around (New Mexico, Colorado, Japan, Massachusetts are just a few of the places she’s lived in), her foundation as an artist who worked in multiple media, and living in a castle. Enjoy!

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ep.#42 Nicole Aquillano

December 6th, 2013

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Nicole Aquillano used to work for the government in the EPA. And she used to bust punk industrial companies for polluting the earth. Trained as an engineer, she kept herself active in the studio as well. Over time, Nicole realized that what she wanted to do was to make pots. And now she does. We talk about her experience working for The Man, the transition into full time studio pottery, and how an image can activate deep and emotional parts of who we are…among other things. Enjoy!

 

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ep.#41 Kathy King

November 14th, 2013

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I remember watching Kathy King demo at NCECA in 2002. I was listening to her talk and watching her work (I think she had a beer while working away up on that stage…or maybe that’s myth), and I thought: “Someday, I’m going to talk to that woman on a form of communication that hasn’t been invented yet and then distribute it via another technology that also hasn’t been invented yet.” And it’s happened. I was Kathy’s guest last month while I spent a few days in Boston, and she was kind enough to have me at Harvard ceramics as a visiting artist. Kathy’s background is as varied as anyone I’ve talked to on this program. She’s done a lot of work early on in her career learning about the material on her own, and that scrappiness has found its usefulness as her career has developed over the years. She’s gone from academia to the craft circuit and back again…with a lot of life in between. Enjoy this talk, it’s a good one.

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ep.#40 Nate Query

October 24th, 2013

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Nate Query is a founding member of The Decemberists and in that role has appeared on The Tonight Show, The Colbert Report, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, the top of the billboard 200, and countless live shows. He is also a member of Black Prairie, a band comprised of most of The Decemberists along with a few other musicians (Annalisa Tornfelt and Jon Neufeld to be exact), which has been gathering steam as of late (they’ve also been on The Tonight Show). We talk about Nate’s early forays into music, the influence that jazz has had on him, and what it’s like to be on the road in a “big” band and a “small” one. He also knows how to brew some good beer.  Enjoy!

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ep.#39 Jen Allen

October 3rd, 2013

Jen Allen has been a very visible potter on the national scene for the past several years. I met her last year at the Utilitarian Clay Conference at Arrowmont, which was right after my daughter was born and a few months before Jen had her first child. This is a “new parent heavy” episode, and rightly so. The world that Jen and I live in, and try to make work in, has been so fundamentally changed that we can’t but help to talk about how much things have changed. None of this is new to people who have children who are grown or are older than toddler age. But it is to us, and when we sat down the natural inclination was to check in with each other (and ourselves). We talk about what success means for us now, how to go about improving work with so much else on our plates, and keeping up momentum. Great talk! Enjoy!

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