Recently, I've been listening to The Potter's Cast, a podcast for when your formal ceramics education ends and life as an artist begins. But it's not just for potters. If you're interested in art as an artist or simply as an appreciator, then these are the best podcast episodes in my opinion:
A Beautiful Life In Clay Episode 388 | iTunes | Website
Greg Daly makes amazing pieces, I even have his book. He's such an inspiration. In this podcast you get to know the real him. He plays with lots of visual ideas and uses glaze to make an impact. In the podcast he talks about the value of art and when you know you're ready to sell your work.
An Honest Discussion Episode 381 | iTunes | Website
This podcast focuses on Ben Jordan, an American artist and explores his beautiful insights into working and making a living in the world of clay. If you've ever wondered what the buzzwords are or what the political landscape of pottery looks like then this is a podcast to listen to. In the episode, they cover: how to get what you need out of life and how do you make a living, honest and raw explorations about frustrations when making art that's original, and the battle with making a living without compromising your brand or vision.
In March, I spent lots of time chilling in Prescott and hanging out with the lovely Sue Vallom, the director at Walker House and who, by the way, is filled with fun and runs an amazing program.
I'm jealous of the quality programming and art opportunity Prescott has.
Which is why, when she asked me to run a pottery class, I was so excited. Being a part of what Sue is planning is truly living the dream: pottery, beautiful scenery, and spreading the love of clay.
The pottery class was a delight, we had 16 students who joined us for a little intro to pottery.
The class was cozy too and I had the chance to chat with all of my pottery students.
We worked on mugs, yarn bowls and decorating with underglaze. For those of you not in the know: underglaze allows for delicate and creative design on your pieces.
The first time hand building with clay is HARD! It’s a whole new substance and texture and you don’t know where or how to start. But the Walker House Crew were up to the challenge and it paid off! I love how colourful, creative, and fun their pieces turned out.
Because I’m so focused on developing programmes that are fun and exciting for everyone involved I completely forgot to include clear glazing in the programme! It’s a must for any piece that is decorated beautifully. Needless to say, I spent a good amount of time in the following days glazing them perfectly.
Still, the finished items do my new pottery students proud. Beautiful.
If you’ve never been to Walker House then you’re truly missing out. It’s in an incredibly spot and is full of creativity!
For those in Prescott, Ontario: If you're 50+ and interested in upcoming classes at Walker House get in touch with Sue by calling: (613) 925-5300 or by emailing: email@example.com
Offering pottery classes to adults and kids in Athens, Brockville, and Kingston, ON.