ep.#55 Forrest Lesch-Middelton

July 29th, 2014

 

Forrest Lesch-Middelton is a potter and tile maker who lives and works in Northern California. I knew Forrest way back as an undergraduate student at Alfred University. He was one of the big seniors. He’s continued on, making a clear mark as both a potter and businessman. We talk about his foray into tile, nerdy clay stuff like reduction cooling, and what a “real job” actually means. 

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ep.#54 Matthew Causey

July 17th, 2014

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Matthew Causey is a ceramic artist based in North Carolina. We met back in March a the NC Potter’s Conference and he’s since come to Portland, OR as a resident artist at the Ash St. Project. In this episode we talk about drawing, the speed of different processes, his early comic book and cartoon influences, and iPad etiquette.

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ep.#53 Red Yarn (Andy Furgeson)

June 26th, 2014

Andy Furgeson is an Austin, TX native and currently lives and performs in the Portland, OR area. He is a children’s performer who weaves American folk songs into his routine, and, with some help from his puppets, introduces traditional music to a young audience. Andy’s musical background, singing at church as a kid, and playing in punk, rockabilly, and bluegrass bands inform his current style and sense of showmanship. He brings the rock. Enjoy. 

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ep.#52 Mo Phillips

June 5th, 2014

Mo Phillips is a Portland, OR musician who plays primarily for children. Mo plays his music from a rock-heavy backgound. Think Wilco, the Pixies, and Fugazi. His experience as a father to two children lends itself to his music, naturally, and his ability to be comfortable in silliness is infectious. This is a talk between two dads who work in a creative field. Enjoy.

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ep.#51 Richard Hensley

May 22nd, 2014

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Richard Hensley is a studio potter in Floyd, VA. I’ve known Rick since 2003, and in that time I’ve seen him evolve his work at a regular and enviable pace. He is a consummate craftsman, confident in his ability and willing to take risks. He’s deeply knowledgeable about ceramics (chemically, technically, and historically), and I think more people should know his work. He makes some of my favorite pots and when I use or see them they always make me want to do better. Enjoy!

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ep.#50 Silvie Granatelli

May 2nd, 2014

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Silvie Granatelli has been a studio potter in Floyd, VA since 1982. The story of her life has all the ups and downs of anyone working in a creative field, and  through it all she has successfully built a lifelong career in clay. Silvie was, and is, a mentor of mine, and she is a very special part of my life and a special guest on this program. Enjoy.

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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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