I met Matt Ziemke last year in Philadelphia. He is a guest artist-in-residence at The Clay Studio, and when we met he had just come out of graduate school. We actually sat down and talked on mic for a podcast interview, but decided to throw it out. It just didn’t work, didn’t feel right, and listening back to it confirmed my sense during the conversation. Part of that could’ve been my skill as a host/interviewer, the time of day, the environment, but I felt that Matt might’ve been in a head space that was mostly taken up with working his way out of the post-graduate school fog that some of us have gone through. He came to visit Portland back in January, and we talked about that time when working is just about getting oneself through a stage of life, his stance on being political within his work, and the water fight that takes place in the mid-West and mountain states. Enjoy!