Ideas on Building a Foundation for an Art Business | John Newdigate | Episode 259

John Newdigate | Episode 256


john-newdigate-1John Newdigate has worked as a professional artist and ceramist since 1991, exploring the properties of many different materials, including metal, paper, fibre, plastic, paint and clay. In ceramics John has specialised in high-fired translucent carved porcelain and reduction-fired celadon glazes. John’s work is mostly functional, as it enriches day-to-day life, bringing art and design, imagination and inspiration into otherwise ordinary moments. John does not believe in being different for difference´s sake; instead he has respect for tradition, without being bound to it. The most important theme in John’s work, and his constant inspiration, is the ever-changing sea, which has always fascinated John – not just the creatures in it, but also the interplay of light and water. From the ordered chaos of white horses on a choppy sea to the synergy of a school of anchovies, there seems to be enough inspiration in and around the sea and its shores to last many lifetimes.

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Some Thoughts on Surviving in a Small Town | Kelly Lever & Adam Russel | Episode 258

Kelly Lever & Adam Russel | Episode 258


kelly-lever-adam-russel-10Wife and husband team, Kelly Lever and Adam Russel co-own Key West Pottery. Their studio and gallery are in the southern most city of the United States, Key West, Florida. Formally trained as painters, Kelly and Adam both take a very colorful and charismatic approach to their ceramic work, which is reflective of the tropical island they call home. Kelly and Adam are creating a modern interpretation of an ancient art form.Continue reading

A New Zealand Potter | Sue Scobie | Episode 257

Sue Scobie | Episode 257


sue-scobie-waiting-for-rainAt the end of 2008 Sue Scobie switched from a career as an environmental scientist to working with clay full-time. Sue spent 2009 finishing a Diploma in Ceramics (by distance from Otago Polytechnic). Since then she has continued developing her simple vessel-based forms in colored clay, inspired by landscapes and the environment.

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Talking Over a Business | Lina Alvarez | Episode 256

Lina Alvarez | Episode 256


Lina Alvarez was drawn to art at an early age. Before moving to Los Angeles in 2006, Lina graduated from the University of Georgia, where she taught art to children at Lyndon House Arts Center and earned her BA in Studio Art with a concentration in Ceramics. Originally from Medellin, Colombia, Lina’s art is a hybrid of cultures and embodies many qualities—some pieces may be precise and simple, while others are loose and organically shaped. Lina currently focuses on chic and functional utilitarian pottery, which is available inside Good Dirt LA’s artist shop and on Etsy. Lina believes in cultivating creativity and encourages her students to leave their expectations behind. “The creating and making processes are truly therapeutic and enjoyable for me,” she says. “But nothing brings me more joy than knowing that others actually use my work as part of their daily routines. It’s that tea they have before bedtime, or the coffee that helps them start the day. It’s like I’m passing along a little bit of my love to them, since I feel that each of my pieces were created with the most loving of intentions.”

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Finding the Passion | Elizabeth Borowsky | Episode 255

Elizabeth Borowsky | Episode 255


elizabeth-borowsky-9Elizabeth b. Borowsky is a ceramic artist living and working in the beautiful countryside of South Carolina.  She received a BFA from Clemson University with an emphasis in sculpture.  She launched Elizabeth b. Ceramics in 2014.  Her work is elegant, functional, and often carved or pierced with clean, graceful lines.

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A Family Fit | Tim Kowalczyk | Episode 254

Tim Kowalczyk | Episode 254


tim-kowalczyk-3Tim Kowalczyk did his undergrad at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and majored in Art Education and Ceramics, with a minor Art History. Tim took a year off before attending Illinois State University for Tim’s MFA in Ceramics. In 2011 Tim graduated and moved to a small town 30 minutes north of Normal called Minonk, which is where Tim lives and works.

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A Pot-Ographer | Helen Levi | Episode 253

Helen Levi | Episode 253


helen-levi-tree-planterHelen Levi grew up in the East Village of New York City. Helen’s first encounter with clay was as a young child in an after school event. For college she studied photography which became a great compliment to her work as a ceramicist. As an adult she did a number of part-times jobs to make a living as an artist living in New York and teaching pottery classes was one of them. Helen set up her own studio where she makes beautiful stoneware ceramics in Brooklyn.

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A Path to a Happy Place | Amy Fields | Episode 252

Amy Fields | Episode 252


amy-fields-10Amy Fields was born and grew up in Buffalo, NY. Amy was introduced to clay when she was about 8 years old. She received her BFA from the NYSCC@Alfred University with a concentration in ceramics. Lured by the landscape, Amy eventually moved out to Portland, Oregon. Amy feels very lucky to have landed at Stark Street Studios among artists and potters that she admires.

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Art Therapy | Cindy Gibson | Episode 251

Cindy Gibson | Episode 251


cindy-gibson-salt-n-peppaCindy Gibson is a wood fire/soda fire potter who hails from Ruston, Louisiana. She earned a BFA from Louisiana Tech University. After graduating she spent two years in Goshen, IN interning with several area potters. She recently moved to Brevard, NC to further her ceramic career. Her extraterrestrial body of work combines functional and sculptural elements into a short story about the effects we have in this universe. In addition, she creates exotic and domestic wooden earrings that you can use for pottery tools.

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Starting Fresh | Mollie Jenkins | Episode 250

Mollie Jenkins | Episode 250


mollie-jenkins-10Born and raised in Columbus, GA Mollie took her first ceramics class in High School and from then on has had a passion for turning clay into functional items. While attending Auburn University she began to sell her pottery and then started Mollie Jenkins Pottery. Upon graduating with a BFA from Auburn in May 15’ Jenkins moved back to Columbus to focus on her business and in February she made the move to Nashville, TN where she has since been growing her business and pursuing pottery as a career.

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