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Season 2 “The Business of Creativity” Trailer
A quick introduction to Season 2 of The Practical Creative Podcast. I’ll be exploring the “Business of Creativity” by talking to art coaches, PR consultants, gallerists, and artist entrepreneurs about how the mindset and skills artists and creatives can use to earn an income from their work. Over the next seven episodes, you can hear my conversations with: Catherine Orer - Award-winning Business and PR strategist for artists Jo Downs – The UK’s leading designer of fused glass with 8 of...
Pre-Season 2 Update
Hello and welcome to this pre-season update from The Practical Creative Podcast. I wanted to take a moment to let you know what’s happening behind the scenes as I prepare interviews for Season 2, and to ask for your input!
Keith Brymer Jones - Potter and Entrepreneur
Keith is a potter, entrepreneur, and acts as a host and judge on the BBC’s Great Pottery Throwdown. In this conversation, we talk about: how the discipline Keith learned as a production potter helps to drive his work todayhow he balances running a business with being creativehow the business informs his creative worktaking creative risksthe importance of identifying your strengths and weaknessasking for helpThis was an eye-opening conversation and a fantastic opportunity to speak with...
Kate Holland - Contemporary Bookbinding
Kate designs and hand builds exquisite book bindings where she can express her own interpretation of the contents. We cover a lot here, including: the scope for commentary and self-expression in book bindingeclectic sources of imagery and inspirationher thoughts on creativitycustomising toolsand loads moreI learned so much in this episode, and I’m sure that when you’ve finished, you will never look at a book – or it’s cover – the same again. Visit the website at: thepracticalcreative.life
Jo Barker - Contemporary Tapestry Artist
Jo produces absolutely stunning work that just sings with colour and movement, capturing a fascinating process that combines intuitive gestures, digital editing, and labour-intensive weaving. In this episode we get stuck into her process and discuss: sources of inspirationgenerating and exploring ideasworking with visual stimulithe importance of selection in order to keep moving forwardWe also have a frank conversation about why she isn’t a business that I found refreshing and inspiring....
The Practical Creative Podcast Trailer
Here’s a quick preview of what’s to come in this series of The Practical Creative Podcast.
Arthur Ganson - kinetic sculpture
I first came across Arthur’s work almost two decades ago when I was a student in Boston. I don’t know what led me to that gallery on that day, but I do know that the work I saw has remained vivid in my memory ever since. Arthur manages to combine so many elements that I find deeply satisfying; interactivity, narrative, humour, ingenuity and sometimes even found objects. But he takes it a step further – each piece lends itself to layers of contemplation, hinting at philosophical or...
Matt Durran - Glass Artist
Matt is an glass artist, innovator and curator creating work that explores ideas. He has created a working practice based on ‘itchy feet’ wherein he develops opportunities to further his knowledge of glass and all its permutations by collaborating far and wide. In this episode we talk about the numerous benefits of working outside of the crafts or arts environment, including how it challenges him to learn more about his materials and processes, increases the value of his knowledge, and...
Joe Hogan - Basketry and Sculpture
Joe is a basket maker in Ireland whose work spans both traditional craft and contemporary sculpture. Working with willow he grows himself, Joe creates stunning work using the skills he developed whilst researching traditional forms. Joe has managed to build a life, and develop a distinctive form of expression, that are without compromise. In this episode, we get into: making money with basketsthe benefits of developing work graduallythe importance of authenticity over labels such as...
Adrian McCurdy - Woodcarver and Furniture Maker
Adrian produces beautiful work inspired by his studies of medieval furniture, natural phenomena and the interaction of light with surface and texture. We cover some great material including: how he came to working with riven wood – a signature feature of his furniturewhy he doesn’t get ‘stuck’the importance of routinemaking and adapting his own toolsand much more!Visit the website at: thepracticalcreative.life