Brian R. Jonescast
By Brian R. Jones
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A monthly podcast of conversations between artists. Produced by Brian R. Jones
||CleanPoetry is Currency | Paulus Berensohn | ep.#61||At 80, Paulus Berensohn possesses more energy and gravity than most of us in our prime. He has been an important part of the Penland community for 40 years and he has been, and is, a dancer, poet, artist, and sage. We talked on his porch in Penland...||11/25/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanLineage, Legacy, and Influence| Gail Kendall| ep.#60||A great American educator talks about teaching, learning, and building an academic program.||11/18/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanStep One: Commit Grand Theft Auto, Step Two: work for Dior | Jeffrey Hatfield | ep.#59||Jeffery Hatfield is a man who's willing to hustle.||10/21/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanMore (design), More (drawing), More (consumption)!!! | Kate Bingaman-Burt | ep.#58||Kate Bingaman-Burt is an industry onto herself. A graduate of the Univeristy of Nebraska-Lincoln, KBB now teaches graphic design at Portland State University, has published three books, and has clients that include Chipotle, Hallmark, IDEO, and the...||10/6/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWriting the Rules | West Coast Funk | Richard Shaw | ep.#59||In the final interview from my time down in the Bay Area back in June I bring to you a conversation with the eminent Richard Shaw. A pioneer of the West Coast/Funk movement, Richard recently retired from teaching at UC Berkeley. We talk about how he...||9/10/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJumping Out of a Burning Building and Living with the Fallout | Christa Assad | ep.#56||Christa Assad is one of the most visible American ceramic artists working today. She's been working and living in Berkeley, CA for the past several years as a studio potter, and in between has lead countless workshops, been featured in a Carhartt...||8/12/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanFlatness, Roundness, Business, Pots | Forrest Lesch-Middelton | ep.#55||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...||7/29/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanWhat we Do When We Listen | Matthew Causey | ep.#54||Matthew Causey is a ceramic artist based in North Carolina. We met back in March at 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...||7/17/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKids Concerts are Punk Rock | Andy Ferguson (Red Yarn) | ep.#53||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...||6/26/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Cleanep.#52 Mo Phillips||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...||6/5/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Cleanep.#51 Richard Hensley||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...||5/22/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Cleanep.#50 Silvie Granatelli||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...||5/2/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Cleanep.#49 Dwight Holland||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...||4/10/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Cleanep.#48 EXTRAsode with Richard Jacobs and Gareth Mason||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...||4/4/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Cleanep.#47 Brian Harper||Brian Harper is a leader within the quickly arriving younger generation of American ceramic artists. In 2006 he started artaxis, a database of ceramic artists, which since become an important piece of ceramic education and networking. Along...||2/28/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Cleanep.#46 Jeff Oestreich||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...||2/6/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Cleanep.#45 Ryan LaBar||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...||1/24/2014||Free||View in iTunes|
||Cleanep.#44 Ian Anderson||Ian Anderson is the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the College at the Maine College of Art. He's a busy man (also married to the great Kari Radasch), and one of my favorite people. Ian has an MFA from the University of...||12/31/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Cleanep.#43 Janice Jakielski||Janice Jakielski makes beautiful work. It's that simple. And she's a self-described 10%'er (90% non-ceramic material), which brings her a certain suspicion in the sometimes narrow minded ceramic world. She talks about her inclination to keep moving...||12/20/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Cleanep.#42 Nicole Aquillano||Nicole Aquillano used to work for the government in the EPA. And she used to bust punk industrial companies for polluting the earth. Trained as an engineer, she kept herself active in the studio as well. Over time, Nicole realized that what she wanted...||12/5/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Cleanep.#41 Kathy King||I remember watching Kathy King demo at NCECA in 2002. I was listening to her talk and watching her work (I think she had a beer while working away up on that stage...or maybe that's myth), and I thought: "Someday, I'm going to talk to that woman on a...||11/14/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Cleanep.#40 Nate Query||Nate Query is a founding member of The Decemberists and in that role has appeared on The Tonight Show, The Colbert Report, Late Night with Conan O'Brien, the top of the billboard 200, and countless live shows. He is also a member of Black Prairie, a...||10/24/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Cleanep.#39 Jen Allen||Jen Allen has been a very visible potter on the national scene for the past several years. I met her last year at the Utilitarian Clay Conference at Arrowmont, which was right after my daughter was born and a few months before Jen had her first child....||10/3/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Cleanep.#38 Namita Wiggers||Namita Wiggers is the director and chief curator at the Museum of Contemporary Craft in Portland, OR. For the past several years she has worked tirelessly at presenting craft in engaging, informative, and sometimes confusing (the good kind) ways. She...||9/20/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Cleanep.#37 Sanam Emami||I first met Sanam as an undergraduate back in 2000. She was a graduate student at Alfred and since that time I have followed her work. She came over to the house while visiting Portland and we talked about setting boundaries with students, the depth...||8/15/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Cleanep.#36 Daniel Duford||Daniel Duford is a Portland artist and educator. The range of materials he uses to make his work (comic books, pottery, printmaking) reflects his interest in working from a place outside of what might be considered the "normal" art world. His interest...||8/1/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Cleanep.#35 Dan Anderson||Dan Anderson taught for 32 years at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville before retiring in 2002. Since then he's been a full-time studio potter, actively making and exploring ideas about architecture, decals, and historic personalities. Dan has...||7/4/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Cleanep.#34 Michael Strand||Michael Strand is an artist interested in setting up circumstances for people to be able to tell their stories. In his own words: "One of the great joys of being an artist is the ability to dream without limitations and then acting on those dreams...||6/21/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Cleanep.#33 Careen Stoll||Careen Stoll and I met years ago at Silvie Granatelli's studio. She had been a studio assistant for Silvie at the Penland School of Crafts and I was wrapping up my time as Silvie's studio assistant. Careen made her way to Portland in 2006 and has been...||6/6/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Cleanep.#32 Lauren Gallaspy||Lauren Gallaspy is a Southern artist who recently moved to Utah to teach at the University of Utah. She grew up in the middle of Nowheresville, TN after her parents retired from the spy business. As interesting as her life story is, her work conveys...||5/23/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Cleanep.#31 Isaac Watson||Isaac Watson is a facilitator. He's the guy who can see how to build the structure that others move about in order to connect, share, and learn from. Hailing from Portland, Isaac has been involved in the craft world as both a maker and as a founder of...||4/25/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Cleanep.#30 Clayton Bailey||Maybe it's that all good comedy comes from the same kind of place: a willingness to be honest but cloaking it in a jest. Realness and comedy, or knowing which side of the joke is up or if the thing that you're seeing is a joke at all (Andy Kaufman)....||4/11/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Cleanep.#29 Chris Lyon||Chris Lyon is one half of the team who founded Mudshark Studios. In just a few years, they've gone from pouring molds in a garage to working in a huge semi-industrial space. Chris and I talk about how things started at Mudshark, their recent growth,...||3/28/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Cleanep. #28 Matt Ziemke||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...||3/6/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Cleanep.#27 Victoria Christen||Victoria Christen is a Portland, OR potter and a friend. We had a great talk back in December at Vic's home and we covered quite a bit of material. She took a somewhat indirect road to making pots and being a potter, which we get into. She had an...||2/14/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Cleanep.#26 Ginger Lukas||Ginger Lukas is an artist from the mid West, by way of Baltimore, who I met briefly in Philadelphia at The Clay Studio while we crossed paths as resident artists. She has since moved back to Wisconsin and has continued to make work and decorate cakes...||1/31/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Cleanep.#25 Sunshine Cobb||Sunshine Cobb is a potter currently working at The Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT. She seemed to appear out of nowhere (maybe it just seemed that way from my perspective) and was on magazines, in galleries, and presenting workshops. I met...||1/17/2013||Free||View in iTunes|
||Cleanep.#24 Amy Halko||I met Amy Halko in Dallas, TX back in 2005. We were able to catch up recently in San Francisco and we talked about boredom, drive, and isolation, among other things.||9/13/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Cleanep.#23 Deborah Horrell||Deborah Horrell is a Portland based glass artist. She hosted me at her studio and our conversation revolved around her beginnings as a ceramic artist and the move she made to glass. We also talked at length about the importance of grief as a catalyst...||8/30/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Cleanep.#22 Mary Barringer||Mary Barringer received a BA in art from Bennington College, apprenticed with Michael Frimkess, and has been a studio artist since 1973, making both sculpture and functional pottery. Her work has been exhibited internationally, most recently at AKAR...||8/16/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Cleanep.#21 Heidi Preuss Grew||Heidi Preuss Grew is a ceramic sculptor and educator from Salem, OR. She's been teaching at Willamette University since 1999 and keeps a vital studio practice. Heidi's been a visiting artist across the US and has strong ties both artistically and...||8/6/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Cleanep.#20 Lisa Conway||Lisa Conway is an artist and educator in Portland, OR. Her highly textured work reminds an audience of the body while referencing plant life. Lisa teaches ceramics at Clark College, where she is also the head of the ceramics department. Our...||5/31/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Cleanep. #19 Andy Paiko||Andy Paiko is a Portland glass artist. He's also getting recognition as someone who is pushing the limits of concept within a traditional craft field. Andy's work stretches the notion of both what a functional object is and what it can be made out of:...||5/17/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Cleanep.#18 Diane Gilleland||Diane Gilleland lives in Portland, OR but her online reach is far. An early adopter of blogs and podcasts, Diane has built a small empire of DIY craft teaching through e-books, podcasts, and online tutorials. Sister Diane is heavily invested in...||5/3/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Cleanep.#17 Garth Johnson||Garth Johnson seems to be in a lot of places at once, and is somehow always at the point of convergence where art and ideas take place. Early on in Lincoln, NE he was involved in the local music scene, where he met friends who would later on connect...||4/19/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Cleanep.#16 Robbie Lobell||Robbie Lobell and I took some time out of our busy NCECA week to get to know one another a bit better. Our broad reaching conversation covers her background as a student protester in Berkeley during the 60's, her late arrival to functional ceramics,...||4/5/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Cleanep. #15 Hilary Pfeifer||Hilary Pfeifer is a Portland artist who's had a quite a number of successes over the years. She came by the house and we spent some time getting to know one another a bit better. I must say that I admire her ability to do well at what she does and her...||3/22/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Cleanep.#14 Jeff Guido||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...||3/1/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Cleanep. #13 (pt.2) Lisa Naples||I took the train out to Doylestown, PA where Lisa Naples has been making pots for the past 20 years or so. Our conversation stretched almost twice as long as prior podcasts and covered a range of topics relevant to art making: selling work, being...||2/16/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
||Cleanep. #13 Lisa Naples||I took the train out to Doylestown, PA where Lisa Naples has been making pots for the past 20 years or so. Our conversation stretched almost twice as long as prior podcasts and covered a range of topics relevant to art making: selling work, being...||2/10/2012||Free||View in iTunes|
Relevant Content for Makers
I look forward to each new installment of this podcast. I, as a maker of functional pottery with interests in trends and sustainability, find Jones' conversations relevant and thought-provoking.
The recordings are raw, with occasional technical issues that can be distracting. Kinks are getting worked out and the podcast gets better with each episode.
I listen to these while working in my studio. Due to Jones' natural conversational style, I often feel as if I am eavesdropping on a discussion between friends. I have listened to several more than once.
Keep em coming.
Most relevant to fine craft artists, enjoyable for all
A ceramist or any clay enthusiast will delighted with this collection of guests but there is a lot of great content here in which anyone who enjoys a good art backstory or wants to learn about how anyone gets anywhere in an art career will enjoy these episodes.
Jones' style of interviewing is unpretentious and the guests seem to just go with his flow of questioning. I started with one episode to get the feel of it and downloaded another nine onto my ipod before the episode was over!
Among the most enjoyable podcasts within this genre.
Honest and informative
What a great resource for ceramic artists and makers out there. I find Brian's honesty refreshing and the podcast is humourous, entertaining, and informative. The relaxedf format of the interviews gives a more personal look at the artists' histories and practices. As a current graduate student, it's nice to know that there are others out there who go through periods of struggle and success. Thanks for putting yourself out there!