After having been away from the studio and office for a few months this year I’m back and ready to update my website.
Here is a listing of the most recent Jonescasts from 2012. You can download new and back episodes on iTunes. Just search for Brian R. Jonescast.
I went to college with this week’s guest, Penny Rakov. We’ve been able to catch up from time to time over the years and have followed each other’s careers. Penny’s been busy carving out her jewelry business with tenacity and focus. Her work is technically complex and pulls you right in. We talk business, getting respect from the big dogs, and making compromises with oneself in order to get what you want, among other things. Good talk. Check out her work!
Among other things, Brian Giniewski’s work is concerned with the involvement of the hand in process, dumbing down work, and reorganizing how and who makes an object. He utilizes digital and traditional processes, photography, and context as tools to explore concepts. We spent some time talking about his past working on the wheel and his transition into making work that is removed from the traditional setting for functional pottery. We also talked about the idea of making work, the scope of American ceramics, and the line that is drawn between those who are interested in using clay as just a material and those who defend its history.
Podcast #13 part one/part two
I took the train up to Doylestown, PA to meet Lisa Naples at her studio and home. We had met back in 2004 when Lisa was a visiting artist at Ellen Shankin and Brad Warstler’s place during the Floyd, VA 16 hands tour. I saw Lisa again while I was in Philadelphia participating in the Philadelphia Museum of Art Craft Show in 2010. Since then we’ve kept in touch here and there, mostly me asking her questions about establishing a local studio tour. In 2008 Lisa and her husband started Elephant’s Eye, a Bucks County studio tour that was fully realized when they initiated it. They have since cancelled the event to focus on other parts of their lives. Regardless, Lisa has maintained a vital studio practice and her work has changed both formally and conceptually since we first met. Our conversation stretches from how one finds their way with a chosen life path, sticking to it, selling work, welcoming challenges in the studio, and being open to experience events that can change your life. Since our talk was almost twice as long as usual I’ll be relasing it in two parts. The first part will be up on iTunes today, Friday, February 10th and the second will drop on Thursday the 16th. This is a good one.
Jeff Guido is the artistic director at The Clay Studio in Philadelphia. For the past ten years he has guided the aesthetic and programming decisions as well as having a hand in choosing resident artists. We talk about Jeff’s background, his expectations for residents, the importance of the handmade, and an upcoming event that will help to push the importance of functional ceramics. Enjoy!