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Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast features weekly interviews with ceramic artists from around the world. Host Ben Carter talks with potters, sculptors, and designers about their creative practice. www.talesofaredclayrambler.com

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Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast features weekly interviews with ceramic artists from around the world. Host Ben Carter talks with potters, sculptors, and designers about their creative practice. www.talesofaredclayrambler.com

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A creative conversation haven

By Brian Malnassy - Aug 16 2018
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This is my favorite podcast for so many reasons. Ben picks and discusses such diverse artists and topics that every episode offers fresh and new content. Recently, the John Gill episode hit me right in the heart and truly made me feel connected to this amazing community in a way I never thought possible. Ben is such a good interviewer- he’s always prepared and has great questions and responses. I listen to this podcast while in my studio, sketching, cooking, doing dishes, it’s just right for anything. Thank you so much Ben!

Great podcast!

By CV Potter - Nov 21 2017
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Have you had Rob Hunter on from the Chipstone foundation and Ceramics Magazine?

iTunes Ratings

155 Ratings
Average Ratings
146
6
1
1
1

A creative conversation haven

By Brian Malnassy - Aug 16 2018
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This is my favorite podcast for so many reasons. Ben picks and discusses such diverse artists and topics that every episode offers fresh and new content. Recently, the John Gill episode hit me right in the heart and truly made me feel connected to this amazing community in a way I never thought possible. Ben is such a good interviewer- he’s always prepared and has great questions and responses. I listen to this podcast while in my studio, sketching, cooking, doing dishes, it’s just right for anything. Thank you so much Ben!

Great podcast!

By CV Potter - Nov 21 2017
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Have you had Rob Hunter on from the Chipstone foundation and Ceramics Magazine?
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Tales of a Red Clay Rambler: A pottery and ceramic art podcast

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Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast features weekly interviews with ceramic artists from around the world. Host Ben Carter talks with potters, sculptors, and designers about their creative practice. www.talesofaredclayrambler.com

Rank #1: 232: Cynthia Bringle on educating your audience about the value of handmade

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Cynthia Bringle. Since moving to Penland, NC in 1970 she has become a pillar of the art community, influencing many generations of artists and helping the Penland School of Craft to become a mecca for ceramics. In our interview we talk about educating your audience on the value of handmade, the evolution of studio pottery since the 1960’s and the growth of the Penland School. To see examples of her work, visit www.cynthiabringlepottery.com.

I want to send a special thank you to the Studio Potter Journal for sponsoring this episode of the podcast. Since 1972, the Studio Potter non-profit organization has promoted the discussion of technology, criticism, aesthetics, and history within the ceramics community, through their semi-annual print and online journal. Many guests of this podcast have written for the journal and you can find those articles along with more information and more information about how to subscribe at www.studiopotter.org.

Oct 05 2018

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Rank #2: 215: Melissa Weiss on making pottery in a political era

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Melissa Weiss. She mixes native Arkansas clay with commercial clays to create rich earth-toned pots in her Asheville, NC studio. The combination of the iron baring raw material and her immediate building style leave her geometric patterned pots appearing both antique and contemporary. In the interview we talk about selling on the show circuit, dealing with Carpel Tunnel Syndrome, and making pottery in a political era. She is the owner and manager of South Side Studios, which hosts over 20 ceramic artists in Asheville. To see examples of her work visit www.melissaweisspottery.com.

Hey Red Clay Rambler fans, I need your help to keep this show on the air. We need 25 new patrons to reach our monthly fundraising goal. Visit www.patreon.com/redclayrambler to pledge your support and become a sustaining member. We have a batch of rewards to offer including the new Vintage Radio shirt, handmade pots, posters and much more. Visit www.patreon.com/redclayrambler to sign up today.

Apr 26 2018

1hr 2mins

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Rank #3: 22: Julia Galloway on establishing a dialogue with ceramic history

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with ceramic artist Julia Galloway. Her functional porcelain pottery spans a wide range of subject matter and decorative motifs from architecture to cloud forms. She says of her work "A need for beautiful domestic objects and an instinctual drive to create things are tremendous dance partners for idea and desire." In the interview we talk about the role ceramic history plays in her life as an educator, her work ethic, and the way her visual language changed after moving to Montana. She currently serves as a professor and director of the School of Art at the University of Montana . For more information on her work please visit www.juliagalloway.com.

To subscribe to the Red Clay Rambler podcast on iTunes please click here. You can also stream the latest episode on the podcast tab for the site. Click here to listen.

May 16 2013

1hr 10mins

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Rank #4: 117: Warren Mackenzie on a lifetime in clay and what makes a good pot

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with one of the most influential members of the American studio pottery movement, Warren Mackenzie. After an early apprenticeship at the Leach Pottery in St. Ives, Cornwall (1949-1952), Mackenzie became a ceramic professor at the University of Minnesota (1953-1990). During his nearly four-decade tenure at the school, he influenced generations of students including Michael Simon, Randy Johnston, Mark Pharis and many more. At 91 he continues to make pots in his studio in Stillwater, MN.

In the interview we talk about his time at the Leach Pottery, pricing for domestic wares, and his thoughts on what makes a good pot. To see images of his work please visit the episode guide at http://www.talesofaredclayrambler.com.

Sep 11 2015

1hr 18mins

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Rank #5: 89: Mark Shapiro on the virtue of handmade and the "ethical" pot

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with potter Mark Shapiro. After an early career as a carpenter and metal sculptor Shapiro has been a dedicated studio potter for almost thirty years. He continues to fire the wood kiln he built shortly after moving from New York City to Worthington, MA in 1986. In the interview we talk about the virtue of handmade, questioning the "ethical" pot, and Mark's efforts to establish and document an apprenticeship system for potters. To find out more about his pottery please visit www.stonepoolpottery.com.

Jan 23 2015

1hr 36mins

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Rank #6: 135: In Tribute: Nina Hole on her monolithic wood fired sculptures

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Earlier this week Danish ceramic artist Nina Hole passed away. I had the great fortune to interview her in her home in 2012. She was a bright light in the ceramic community and a force of nature with her monolithic wood fired sculptures. In this episode you will hear our conversation rebroadcast in tribute to her contributions to the field of ceramics.

With the help of building teams she constructed towering forms that were fired in place and unveiled at their peak temperature. Her "fire sculptures" have been built in a variety of environments including both urban and rural settings in Mexico, Denmark, Australia, and the United States.

In the interview we talk about the role religious architecture played in inspiring her forms and the development of an easily mobile building/firing process. We also discussed the Museum of International Ceramic Art-Grimmerhus and the Danish ceramic residency Guldagergaard, both of which she had an instrumental role in starting. For more images of her work please visit www.ninahole.com

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by Troy Bungart Studios. Offering a line of handcrafted, one-of-a-kind pottery tools for the potter who wants to use art to make art. For more information please visit http://www.troybungartstudios.com.

Feb 25 2016

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Rank #7: 200: Justin Rothshank on running a successful online business from a rural location

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Justin Rothshank. Justin applies floral patterned custom laser, luster and commercial decals over wood fired functional pottery forms to create a unique depth of surface. In addition to that body of work he produces politically themed tableware that features portraits of past presidents and historic figures. In our interview, we talk about his role in cofounding the Union Project in Pittsburgh, PA, his Mennonite faith as it applies to social responsibility, and the growth of his online business from his home base in rural Indiana. To find out more about Justin visit www.rothshank.com. Justin is also a founding member of the Michiana Pottery Tour, which happens in September of every year. Visit www.michianapotterytour.com for more info.

Hey Red Clay Rambler fans, I need your help. We need 25 new patrons to reach our December fundraising goal. Visit patreon.com/redclayrambler to pledge your support and become a sustaining member. We have a batch of rewards to offer including the new Vintage Radio shirt, handmade pots, posters and much more. Visit patreon.com/redclayrambler to sign up today.

I want to send a special thank you to Joel Cherrico Pottery for sponsoring the podcast through our Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Patreon fundraiser. Joel Cherrico's art is currently on display at the American Craft Council Headquarters in Minneapolis. You can view his art in person by visiting the American Craft Council and their public craft library, or by visiting his website cherricopottery.com/acc.

Dec 08 2017

1hr 4mins

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Rank #8: 133: Chris Staley on developing emotional intelligence

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Chris Staley. A celebrated ceramic artist and educator, Staley has been a professor at Penn State University since 1990. In the interview we talk about Abraham Maslow’s four stages of learning, redefining success and developing emotional intelligence in college students. For more information of Chris please visit www.chrisstaleyartist.com.

This episode of the podcast is sponsored by the Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts. The school is now accepting submissions for their Educational Assistantship Program, which provides people with limited financial resources the opportunity to take classes at Arrowmont. Act fast! Deadline for submission is March 1st, 2016. Applications and further details regarding submission materials and requirements can be found at arrowmont.slideroom.com.

Feb 06 2016

1hr 7mins

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Rank #9: 92: Linda Arbuckle on the value of handmade and creating a conceptual frame work for functional pottery

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with potter and educator Linda Arbuckle. A master of the majolica process Linda is known for her fluid brush work and keen sense of color. In addition to her studio work Linda has been active in the classroom for three decades and is currently a professor of ceramics at the University of Florida. In the interview we talk about defining the value of handmade, creating a conceptual framework for functional pottery and her career as an educator. For more information about Linda please visit www.lindaarbuckle.com.

This episode of the podcast is exclusively sponsored by Ceramics Monthly; a magazine made by and for ceramic artists. For a feature on today’s guest Linda Arbuckle, check out the March 2015 issue of Ceramics Monthly in print, or online at www.ceramicsmonthly.org.

Feb 12 2015

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Rank #10: 222: Morean Center for Clay resident artists talk about creativity and community in St. Petersburg

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a panel discussion with Tucker Claxton, Bridget Fairbank, Emmett Freeman, Amanda Bury, and Colby Charpentier. The group are current resident artists at the Morean Center for Clay in St. Petersburg, FL. Our discussion covers a wide range of topics including their research interests and making it work in St. Petersburg. More information on the artists can be found on their websites. (Click their name to visit - Colby Charpentier, Amanda Bury, Bridget Fairbank, Emmett Freeman, Tucker Claxton. Not included in the interview Jacob Meer.)

This episode of the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler is sponsored by National Clay Week Open Studios, a nationwide event that celebrates clay, community, and creativity. October 12-14 artists across the U.S. are invited to open their doors for demonstrations, lectures, and exhibitions. For more information on how you can join visit www.nationalclayweek.org/openstudio. Join us for a celebration of the ceramic arts!

Jul 12 2018

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Rank #11: 281: Giselle Hicks on a personal search for beauty

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Giselle Hicks. Her minimalist vessels combine simple glazes with refined forms to highlight the process marks of her coil-building process. After reading Elaine Scarry’s On Beauty and Being Just, Hicks has embraced the decorative function of her work, focusing on a quest for personal beauty. In our interview we talk about her experience selling through interior designers and how her transition between sculptural and functional bodies of work helped her cultivate a new audience. For more information on Giselle visit www.gisellehicks.com.

Hey Red Clay Rambler fans, I have a new feature called the Community Corkboard and it’s an opportunity for you to share your ceramic event with the Red Clay Rambler audience. Today’s event is the Art of the Pot Studio Tour, which is having its 16th annual event May 10th-12th in Austin, TX. For more information visit www.artofthepot.com. To have your event, or comment, featured on the community corkboard send me an email through the contact link at www.talesofaredclayrambler.com/contact.

May 01 2019

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Rank #12: 95: Gustin, Long & Balistreri on wood firing and the creative value of chaos

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a panel discussion on wood fired ceramics with Chris Gustin, Matt Long, and John Balistreri. In the interview we discuss the community oriented nature of wood firing, the balance of chaos and control involved in the firing process, and the role commerce plays in introducing objects into the world.  
 
Chris Gustin is an Associate Professor Emeritus at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth. Known for his sculptural vessels Gustin specializes in softly manipulated forms that have soft shoulders that pick up ash in a wood kiln. For more information on his work please visit www.gustinceramics.com.
 
Matt Long is a Professor at the University of Mississippi. Known for his functional porcelain pottery, Long specializes in communal drinking vessels such as flasks, bottles and jugs. For more information on his work please visit www.fullvictory.com.
 
John Balistreri is a Professor at Bowling Green State University. His monumental sculptures reference the structural components of boats, planes, and other hollow formed objects. For more information on his work please visit www.johnbalistreriartist.com.

Mar 13 2015

1hr 18mins

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Rank #13: 63: Best of Season Two of the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have the Best of Season Two. This compilation episode covers a wide range of topics including dealing with fear in the studio, wading through nostalgia to find authenticity, and balancing family life with an art practice. A huge thank you to all the listeners that took the online survey and emailed their favorite episodes from the last year. It has been a pleasure to produce the show and I look forward to starting Season Three in the near future.

The episode features excepts from interviews with Steven Hill, Richard Notkin, Bobby Silverman, Kyle Carpenter, Ron Philbeck, Michael Kline, Julia Galloway, Kristen Kieffer, Alex Matisse, Josh Copus, Lindsay Rogers, and Vernon, Pam and Travis Owens from Jugtown Pottery. For more information on these artists, or their interviews, please visit www.talesofaredclayrambler.com.

May 14 2014

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Rank #14: 248: In Tribute: Warren Mackenzie on a lifetime in clay

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a rebroadcast of a 2015 interview with an icon of the American studio pottery movement, Warren Mackenzie. After an early apprenticeship at the Leach Pottery in St. Ives, Cornwall (1949-1952), Mackenzie became a ceramic professor at the University of Minnesota (1953-1990). During his nearly four-decade tenure at the school, he influenced generations of students including Michael Simon, Randy Johnston, Sandy Simon, Mark Pharis and many more. In the interview we talk about his time at the Leach Pottery, pricing for domestic wares, and his thoughts on what makes a good pot. Warren passed peacefully in his Stillwater, MN home on December 31st, 2018.

I want to send a special thank you to the Studio Potter Journal for sponsoring this episode of the podcast. Since 1972, the Studio Potter non-profit organization has promoted the discussion of technology, criticism, aesthetics, and history within the ceramic’s community, through their semi-annual print and online journal. Many guests of this podcast have written for the journal and you can find those articles along with more information and more information about how to subscribe at www.studiopotter.org.

Jan 01 2019

1hr 18mins

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Rank #15: 60: Mark Hewitt on the value of the apprenticeship system

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Mark Hewitt. Born in Stoke-on-Trent, England, to a family who worked for Spode China manufacturing, Hewitt has been around ceramics his entire life. During college an encounter with Bernard Leach's "A Potter's Book" set him in the direction of studio pottery and towards the apprenticeship system of education. A major proponent of the system Hewitt spent years training with both Michael Cardew and Todd Piker. Upon finishing his training he moved to Pittsboro, NC where he has maintained a studio since 1983.

In the interview we talk about his time with Michael Cardew, the value of the apprenticeship system, and developing the confidence needed to run a major ceramic workshop. For more information on Mark's work please visit www.hewittpottery.com

Apr 16 2014

1hr 34mins

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Rank #16: 21: Best of Season One of the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast

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To celebrate the one year anniversary of the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I am featuring a compilation of excerpts from Season one of the podcast. While all of season one's episodes are unique and enlightening in their own way, these clips raise topics that I haven't been able to shake out of my head. The episode features excerpts from interviews with Matt Long, Chandra Debuse, Christin Johansson, Nina Hole, Willow Neilson and Jason Burnett. I am eternally grateful to all the artists who took part in Season one of the podcast.

May 02 2013

1hr 13mins

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Rank #17: 122: Linda Christianson on digging through self-doubt to find creativity

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Linda Christianson. Working in rural Minnesota, Christianson makes wood fired pottery that is simple and direct. Embracing process marks she often utilizes graceful throwing lines and meandering trimmed edges as a core part of her aesthetic. Christianson’s soft touch remains visually intact even after the pots enter the harsh environment of a wood fired kiln. In the interview we talk about working through self-doubt, digging into the unknown for new ideas, and living in a rebuilt 19th century log cabin. For more information on her work please visit www.christiansonpottery.com.

Oct 22 2015

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Rank #18: 203: Deep dive on selling pots with the Schaller Gallery. Special guest Sunshine Cobb on her new book Mastering Hand Building.

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a double interview featuring Sunshine Cobb and Anthony Schaller/Brittany Stecker Mason. In the first segment, I talk with Sunshine about her new book Mastering Hand Building. The book features practical techniques for hand building objects in clay, as well as, artists interviews and a section on finding your voice through making. To find out more visit www.sunshinecobb.com/book.

In the second segment, I talk with gallery directors Anthony Schaller and Brittany Stecker Mason. They run the Schaller Gallery located in St. Joseph, MI. The gallery carries contemporary ceramics with a focus on functional pots for daily use. Their roster of artists includes a selection of the best potters working today including Matt Metz, Julia Galloway, Randy Johnston and many more. In our interview, we talk about building a collector base, pricing work, and planning for the future. To see the exhibitions that are currently on display in the gallery visit www.schallergallery.com.

Hey Red Clay Rambler fans, I need your help to keep this show on the air. We need 25 new patrons to reach our monthly fundraising goal. Visit www.patreon.com/redclayrambler to pledge your support and become a sustaining member. We have a batch of rewards to offer including the new Vintage Radio shirt, handmade pots, posters and much more. Visit www.patreon.com/redclayrambler to sign up today.

Jan 11 2018

1hr 14mins

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Rank #19: 233: Jack Troy, Carolanne Currier and Amy Burk on kiln design, creativity and the Strictly Functional Pottery National

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Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Jack Troy, Carolanne Currier and Amy Burk. We came together at the home studio of Jack and Carolanne to talk about their careers in ceramics. We had a wide-ranging discussion on wood kiln technology, the founding of the ceramic program at Juniata College, Jack’s passion for writing and the ceramic history of the region. We end our conversation talking about the Strictly Functional Pottery National, which Amy is a co-organizer, and Jack has been the juror three times. More information on Jack can be found at www.jacktroy.net. More information on Amy can be found at www.amyburkpottery.com. More information on Carolanne can be found on her Face Book pages. More information on the Strictly Functional Pottery National can be found at www.strictlyfunctionalpottery.net, where you can see this year’s exhibition and award winners.

I want to send a special thank you to the Studio Potter Journal for sponsoring this episode of the podcast. Since 1972, the Studio Potter non-profit organization has promoted the discussion of technology, criticism, aesthetics, and history within the ceramic’s community, through their semi-annual print and online journal. Many guests of this podcast have written for the journal and you can find those articles along with more information and more information about how to subscribe at www.studiopotter.org.

Oct 10 2018

1hr 16mins

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Rank #20: 27: Matt Kelleher on cultivating curiosity

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This week on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with potter Matt Kelleher. He designs utilitarian ware with a keen eye for the architecture and edge quality of his hand built forms. He combines layers of poured slip with the soda firing process to create rich translucent surfaces that capture the mood and density of the Western NC landscape he now calls home. In the interview we talk about cultivating curiosity, escaping the boundaries of the artist statement, and working through the challenges a new life experience can create. For more information on Matt you can visit www.mattkelleher.com

Jul 09 2013

1hr 13mins

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