Finding Values | Robert Piepenburg | Episode 233

Robert Piepenburg | Episode 233

Robert Piepenburg

Robert Piepenburg 6Robert Piepenburg was born in Detroit, MI and received his Bachelor’s, Master’s degree and MFA degree from Eastern Michigan University. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, three Michigan Council for the Arts Creative Artists Grants and an Outstanding Teacher of the Year award from Oakland Community College.  His works appear in public and private collections from the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts to the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C.

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Getting Past the Fear of Waste | Ian F. Thomas | Episode 232

Ian F. Thomas | Episode 232

Ian F. Thomas is an installation artist living in Slippery Rock, PA and works at Allegheny College in Meadville, PA. Ian holds a BFA from Slippery Rock University and an MFA from Texas Tech University. Ian received additional training at the Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava, Slovakia, and The Pottery Workshop in Jingdezhen, China.
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A Family Story of Clay | Risa Nishimori | Episode 231

Risa Nishimori | Episode 231

Risa Nishimori

Risa Nishimori 9Risa Nisimori has been working and teaching ceramics at her studio, N.Y. Togei Kyoshitsu in New York City. Risa studied proper wheel throwing in Japan, but Risa’s preferred method is Nerikomi, using different mixed clays and creating new and interesting patterns.

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A Woman in Art | Lauren Gallaspy | Episode 230

Lauren Gallaspy | Episode 230

Lauren Gallaspy



Lauren Gallaspy undone (front)Lauren Gallaspy received her BFA in ceramics at the University of Georgia in 2005 and her MFA from the New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University in 2007. From 2009 to 2012, Gallaspy served as co-director and owner of Trace Gallery in Athens, Georgia alongside artist, educator, and collector Andy Nasisse. In 2013, she was recognized by the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts as an Emerging Artist in the field. Additionally, she was one of 25 artists awarded the prestigious Joan Mitchell Painters & Sculptors Grant for 2012. Her work has been featured in Ceramics:Art & Perception, Ceramics Monthly, Ceramics Now, Clay Times, Lark Book’s The Best of 500 Ceramics and 500 Cups, Rocky Mountain Artists, and the recently published Glaze: The Ultimate Ceramic Artist’s Guide to Glaze and Color.  Gallaspy has exhibited nationally and internationally in over 60 group and solo exhibitions since 2007, including in the highly publicized “State of the Art: Discovering American Art Now” at Crystal Bridges Museum in Arkansas.  Lauren was an Assistant Professor of Fine Arts from 2012 to 2015 at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City. She is currently a long term resident at the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, Montana.

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A Skutt Champion | Herrick Smith | Episode 229

Herrick Smith | Episode 229

Herrick Smith

Herrick Smith VasesHerrick Smith is a current MFA candidate at Fort Hays State University. Smith enjoys wood and soda firing as well as casting various metals. His ceramic work focuses on vessels while the cast work is abstracted and organic. After graduation Smith hopes to teach college ceramics and/or sculpture.

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Making a Choice to Be What You Want | Nikki Mizak | Episode 228

Nikki Mizak | Episode 228

Nikki Mizak

Nikki Mizak 9Nikki Mizak is a potter in North Carolina who makes functional pottery featuring hand painted animals and slip trailed texture. Nikki finds inspiration in nature so Nikki features chicken in much of her work. She has a real talent at capturing the individual chicken’s personalities on her pots. Continue reading

Doing Things They Say You Can’t Do | Emily Free Wilson | Episode 227

Emily Free Wilson | Episode 227Emily Free Wilson

Emily Free Wilson VaseEmily Free Wilson is a ceramic artist and entrepreneur in Helena, Montana. She runs her pottery business Free Ceramics and the Studio Art Center, with her husband Matt Wilson. In 2014, Emily and Matt purchased an old funeral home and have converted into an art center. Emily recently retired from 10 years as the gallery director at the Archie Bray Foundation.

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Living the Experiment | Rachel Donner | Episode 226

Rachel Donner | Episode 226

Rachel Donner

Rachel Donner tumbler-setRachel Donner is a full time potter living in Santa Fe, New Mexico. She grew surrounded by art and history in the small town of Taos, NM. Rachel studied ceramics at the University of Northern Colorado and went on to do a few residencies and assistantships before settling back in New Mexico, for the time being.

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Periscope for Potters | Neil Celani | Episode 225

Neil Celani | Episode 225

Neil Celani

Neil Celani White Salt Cubby CanisterNeil Celani makes functional pottery and does most of his firing in a soda kiln that Neil built. Neil is influenced by the psychedelia found in nature. He loves music and dancing and doesn’t let algorithms choose what he listens to. Oh, and fire rules.

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