11/8/2020 0 Comments
It was one of the highlights of my 2020 pottery career when Paul Blais interviewed me on The Potters Cast.
Paul is an exceptional interviewer. He listens, he gets a feeling of who his guest is and lead them to say what they have to say.
Whether you are busy in your studio, driving down the highway or cooking a meal; this is your chance to relax with Paul and me while we talk about my career and how my family came to the USA.
The story begins with the artists heritage, how she came to the United States and why she chose ceramics as an art form.
Antoinette talks about the diva that keeps her humble and she give a glimpse of why one should understand the clay medium.
Bradley, is a wildlife painter from Oxford Mississippi. He exhibited his colorful paintings in the Gumtree Museum of Art in Tupelo, Mississippi - the birthplace of Elvis Presley. His art is inspired by the Japanese Pop Art and is enriched by his upbringing in the Mississippi Delta. Gordon studied at the University of Mississippi in Oxford and taught English in Taiwan and Japan.
Michael is an award winning porcelain artist who came from a heritage of craftsmen.
Through his porcelain clay processes he tells stories about tradesman, their tools and machinery. Empty paint cans become canvasses through which he stages the finished job and the worker. He opens up conversations with his patriotic objects about the US flag and military equipment.
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Lynn is a production potter and co-owner of Hinkle Creek Pottery in Corinth Mississippi.
Lynn, her daughter Rebecca and the grand kids ( now all grown - ups and in professional careers) are well known for their production pottery. Their family business started when Lynn's grandchildren were still very young and had an opportunity to learn and play in the potter's studio. As a member of Make Mine Mississippi, Hinkle Creek Pottery had a huge influence on the pottery culture of this Southern state.
Susie Bowman is the owner of The Kiln Studio and Gallery in Fairhope, a beautiful coastal town in Alabama. Antoinette presented a hands-on workshop in the well equipped studio.
Susie hosted workshops and shows of well known ceramic artists and potters like Curtis Benzle, Mary Louis Carter, Ron Meyers, Ken Baskin, Chris Gryder, Bertice McPherson, Sebastian Moh, Fong Choo.
Since this interview the gallery closed, but there are very interesting conversations about ceramic artists.
Jack is one of Canada's premier ceramicists and art educators.
He worked and exhibited in Japan, Paris, London, USA and was appointed by the United Nations Handcraft Development Program to set up a ceramics program in Grenada.
Jack was instrumental in establishing the ceramics department at the University of Saskatchewan, Regina Campus (now the University of Regina).
Marcia Selsor a Professor Emerita (Montana State University-Billings) is renown for many areas in ceramics. Over a span of 50+ years in clay there are few areas in pottery that Marcia did not cover.
Lately she specialized in alternative firing techniques, a style that she developed further than the raku techniques with horses from earlier days.
What is alternative firing techniques.RSS Feed
These firing techniques are mostly reduction firings in which smoke is formed when the fire is choked and forced to find oxygen from the porous clay work.
Pit fire, saw dust firing, raku and barrel firing are a few names associated with alternative firing.
Marcia specializes in this online workshop with TeachinArt in obvara and raku techniques, while she show her students how to build a raku kiln.
Antoinette started with a career in clay in 1981. She originally worked with pit fired work and later specialized in translucent porcelain.RSS Feed
Her career takes her to different areas in the world where she teaches other potters about porcelain. See more about her career development
Antoinette presents hands-on as well as online workshops across the world.
David Voorhees is working with porcelain, mostly on the potters wheel. He discussed his career and the art of his family with Antoinette in this online video interview. His wheel throwing tips and decorating techniques are reaching potters far and wide across the world in his online video pottery workshop.
With parents that were recognized for their watercolor and oil painting across North Carolina, it is no surprise that David uses his porcelain urns as a backdrop for ceramic decorating techniques.RSS Feed
John Shirley studies Ceramic Design and wanted to take his porcelain work to a new level translucency and whiteness so that he can use the canvas as a backdrop for soluble salt patterns.RSS Feed
He started to slip-cast bone china bowls.
His work is renown.
See recipes for Bone China on my clay recipes page
“My pots are made to be used” says Nan. When I interviewed Nan she told me about her life as a potter, her dedication to her students and where her career started. Nan studied in England when she were "accidentally" introduced to pottery. It was an instant passion.RSS Feed
Nan worked and studied in England and Ireland before returning to the USA. Her life long career has an impact on students all over the USA and now that she also teaches with TeachinArt Online School of Art, her knowledge reaches far beyond American borders.
Connie demonstrate faceting techniques on the potters wheel. She throw a teapot, sugar and creamer, tea-bowl, two different types of covered jars with lids, and she alter a serving tray in front of the camera. She wraps the workshop up with detailed information of making and attaching a cane handle on a teapot. She provides information of where to buy how to prepare cane for the making of handles.RSS Feed
Paul Lewing used to be a potter. He gradually evolved into a China Painter. He is also a painting artist that draws inspiration from nature. Paul was always more interested in decorating his work than making the actual clay objects. His career spans over 50+ years of teaching and making. He is one of TeachinArt Online School of Art's prestigious artists. His book about China Painting is the only one of its kind in the world, due to the fact that he broke away from traditional methods.RSS Feed
Marie was one of the most talented artists that I ever knew. She had the ability to use anything to create and decorate with. Her vision to take an idea and transform it into a story with clay and other found objects was extraordinary. She created multiple ceramic sculptures, often starting out from one specific element which she build out in several different narratives.
Marie past away in 2019 and we miss her new inspirations tremendously, but I am very fortunate that I could talk to her in front of the camera, so her voice, her teaching and great example lives in.
The last time that Marie and I were sitting on a porch, discussing her online workshop over a glass of wine, Marie expressed the wish she can reach students far and wide, therefor I am happy to to confirm that The online workshop will Post-fired Finishes continue to be available for students.
Every artist have a story.
This blog is all about the stories artists have to tell.
All Alternative Firing Techniques With Marcia Selsor Canadian Ceramic Artist Jack Sures China Painter And Author Paul Lewing Tells His Story. Conversation Between Anja Slapničar And Antoinette Badenhorst Faceted Teapots And Cane Handles. Instructor Of Porcelain Tips For Wheel Pottery Interesting Ceramic Artists. John Shirley And Bone China Marie Gibbons Tells Her Story. Michael Schwegmann Interprets His Artwork In Ways That Honor Americans Nan Rothwell About "Take Throwing To The Next Level" Potters Cast Interview Shino Glazing With Connie Christensen Wildlife Painter Bradley Gordon
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