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Lessons From Mark Hewitt | Joseph Sand | Episode 450

Using his backyard botanical sanctuary for inspiration, ceramic artist Joseph Sand purposefully crafts sculptural forms and functional pottery utilizing elements from the natural world including wood, stone, and seashells. He is focused on keeping the final function in mind, such as the fluted vase made to showcase a single stem of iris. Growing up in rural Minnesota, attending college on the shores of Lake Superior in Duluth, Minnesota, and eventually moving to rural North Carolina, it’s no...


Her Boss Died So She Bought the Business | Rachel Jane Hall | Episode 449

Home thrown & Hand grown Stoneware made in the hills of Coshocton Ohio. Rachel Jane Hall is a second generation potter but growing up in her parents salt glaze business, potting wasn't on her short list of careers. But the universe had other plans for Rachel Jane. 4 years ago Rachel Jane met her mentor and started on at a local mini production studio to attach handles. Hillbippie Clay Co. is a product of rural inspirations and functional interpretations.


A Tinker Teacher Teaches Clay | Sarah McNutt | Episode 448

Sarah McNutt was born in Buffalo, NY and is currently living in San Francisco. Sarah uses art and education as a platform in which to observe, comment on, and engage others about the intersection of disciplines. Sarah has worked as an artist since 2009 and has been a educator in a range of capacities since 2012, teaching undergraduate classes at KSU, workshops, and art education in schools across the country. Sarah's artistic research leads me to exhibit nationally, write grants, and...


A Happy Potter Tells Her Story | Emalee Hudson | Episode 447

Emalee Hudson is the woman behind soft Earth ceramics! Emalee started working with clay in college and hasn't looked back since. For Emalee, simplicity is beauty, and she tries to reflect that in the pieces that she makes. Emalee loves getting her work out of her studio and into the hands of people.


Hip Hop Artist Turns Clay Artist | Justin Akeim Trapp | Episode 446

Justin Akeim Trapp is an Indianapolis native, transported to the Berkshires. Justin attended Herron School of Art and Design's and graduated with a BFA in photography and ceramics. Maker, potter, and EMCEE, Justin is trying to make a life off his work. Currently Justin is exploring tableware, and he ebs and flows between functional and mixed media installation.


A Potter Opens Her Heart | Ashley Lin Ames | Episode 445

Ashley Lin Ames is a passionate potter that is dedicated to the craft of making hand thrown vessels for the home and the robust restaurant scene.


Two-and-a-Half Years in and Killin' It! | Sarah Van Raden | Episode 444

Sarah Van Raden is a full time potter who has been at this business since March of 2015. Sarah loves to create simple, timeless, and organic forms with glazes that are subtle and refined. Sarah's work is primarily in stoneware and porcelain.


Finding The Rules of Business | Molly Bishop | Episode 443

Born and raised in Virginia, Molly Anne Bishop graduated from the Virginia Commonwealth University craft/material studies program in 2012. Working mostly in clay, Molly draws inspiration from lizards, popular sports, and travel. Molly has been a resident artist at Red Lodge Clay Center in Montana, Lillstreet Art Center in Chicago, the Skopelos Foundation for the Arts in Greece, c.r.e.t.a. in Rome, and the International Studio in Jingdezhen, China. Molly has work in the permanent...


Some Talk on Shipping With Some How-To's | Gabrielle Schaffner | Episode 442

Gabrielle Schaffner is a ceramic artist, producing a line of functional pottery in her Boston studio. Gabrielle's work has been sold and exhibited in stores and galleries across the United States. Born and raised in Brooklyn, New York, Gabrielle has been a resident of the Fort Point neighborhood of Boston since 1988. Gabrielle spent many years working in various arts administration roles for the Fort Point Arts Community (FPAC) and served as their Executive Director until 2014. FPAC is a...


Leaning Into Uncertainty | Ben Landau | Episode 441

Alterfact is an experimental design studio created by Lucile Sciallano and Ben Landau in 2014. Since graduating from the Design Academy Eindhoven in 2013, Lucile and Ben have worked in tandem on various issues in different mediums. They explore current and future issues and translate them into installations and objects. In this episode Ben tells us a bit of their story.


Taking Time to Test The Dream | Ruth Hazi | Episode 440

You can help support the show! Ruth was born in Haifa, Israel in 1959. The first time Ruth encountered clay was far away from home in the magical land of Alaska. There, during cold and dark winter days, Ruth searched for an interesting practice that would bring her joy. Ruth found it in the ceramic department of the University of Fairbanks Alaska. The ancient art of ceramics found a warm place in her heart. Currently Ruth resides in the southern desert in Israel, managing her own studio...


"Action is Better Than No Action" | Stephen Mullins | Episode 439

Stephen Mullins is a potter and business owner in Sheridan, Wyoming. Stiphen received his BA in Arts Ed 2012, and BFA 2013. In 2018 Stephen Mullins opened his first brick and mortar store in the heart of Sheridan, Wyoming’s historic downtown. Stephen now runs a production house and Community Clay Center during the day, and teaches community classes in the evenings.


Mentor's Impact on Growth | Lori Phillips | Episode 438

Lori Phillips is originally from Cincinnati, but grew up in Kentucky where Lori was fortunate to find clay in high school. Lori earned her BFA from Eastern Kentucky University, and her MFA from the University of Dallas. Lori primarily make sculpturally functional work. Being a full time potter is Lori's goal.


A Story of the Return of Joy | Hugh Hope | Episode 437

Hugh Hope is a California native, born and raised near Eureka, Humboldt County. Hugh attended Humboldt State College in the early 60’s,where he became involved with pottery under the guidance of Prof. Resse Bullen. After graduation with a BA in Art in 1965 Hugh entered graduate school at Mills College in Oakland Ca studying with Antonio Prieto. After receiving a MFA in Ceramics in 1967, Hugh moved to Sonoma County where he established his first studio in 1968. Four years later Hugh, his...


Strategies for Selling Face to Face | Bonnie Scoggins | Episode 436

Bonnie’s current work revolves around imprints from doilies her great-grandmother's made. She see her imprints as a way to honor the artistry that goes into crocheting doilies. Her process does not harm the doilies and She feels privileged to use heirloom doilies from other families to make meaningful pieces for their families to enjoy.


How to Get Published | Frank James Fisher | Episode 435

Frank James Fisher is an American ceramic artist. Frank’s ceramic work is unique and strongly influenced by the graphic design principles developed during his extensive advertising career. Frank has worked in the Detroit advertising industry since entering the commercial art field in 1985. Adept as a professional designer, writer and illustrator, Frank is known and recognized for his graphic design narratives in the ceramic medium. As an advertising ‘insider’ who is experienced in...


A Journey Back to Clay | Bronwyn Clarke | Episode 434

Bronwyn Clarke makes a range of wheel thrown gas fired utilitarian and exhibition pieces from a mix of local, Deep Bay, wild clay, and commercial clays. Bronwyn has developed her own Cone 10 glazes, the colors of which are inspired by the subtle hues of the Tasmanian landscape. Bronwyn is also Chair of The Australian Ceramics Triennale Tasmania 1 - 4 May Hobart, Tasmania, 2019.


The Duel Career Potter | Aaron Ligon | Episode 433

Aaron Ligon is a ceramic artist living in Charlotte, NC. Aaron’s work is primarily in earthenware or porcelain. Forms are wheel-thrown, sometimes altered, and heavily carved with simple glazing. Aaron maintains a studio at Clayworks and at home. Aaron’s work is sold at the “New Gallery of Modern Art” in Uptown Charlotte, North Carolina


Art is Problem Solving | Matthew Fitzsimmons | Episode 432

Matt was raised a Navy Brat. While in high school he found clay. Matt is a graduate of the University of Iowa(Go Hawkeyes!) and is married with two sons (21 & 23). He lives in Iowa and has been a guest artist/volunteer/instructor at Augustana College since 2008.


Making Dessert Work | Samirah Steinmeyer | Episode 431

Samirah Steinmeyer began her small batch pottery business, Seedling Clayworks, in 2012. She has a bachelors degree in fine arts and a masters degree in landscape architecture. Her mother, a ceramics teacher, taught Samirah the basics of wheel throwing and hand building. She has been learning new techniques, improving her skills through practice and developing designs ever since. Landscapes, especially public lands, are her primary source of inspiration.