Mudtools & Tools for Life | Michael Sherrill | Episode 121

Michael Sherrill | Episode 121

Michael Sherrill

Michael Sherrill Yucca Temple of the Cool BeautySon of an inventor/motorcycle racer & a warrior princess/homemaker, Michael Sherrill has lived in the western North Carolina mountains since 1974.  He considers himself a materials-based artist, experimenting in metal, clay, and glass.  At the heart of his interest is the intersection of where humans and materials meet in both handmade objects and the natural world.

Michael Sherrill and Cups

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Progress of a Potter | Tiffany Hilton | Episode 118

Tiffany Hilton | Episode 118

Tiffany Hilton

Tiffany Hilton White MugsTiffany Hilton is a studio potter and teacher who has been working with clay for over twenty years. After studying at State University of New York, at New Paltz she apprenticed with Kit Cornell in Exeter, NH for three years and established her own pottery in 2005. She enhances her own knowledge and passion for teaching ceramics by attending workshops herself each year and has studied with Cynthia Bringle, Karen Karnes, Makoto Yabe, Phil Rogers, Mark Shapiro, Barbara Knutson, Hayne Bayless, Deborah Schwarzkopf, Kevin Snipes and Catherine White. Tiffany’s work can be seen on the dinner table of many people’s homes and at Pinch Gallery in Northampton.

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Work Hard for Success | Corey Johnson | Episode 117

Corey Johnson | Episode 117

Corey Johnson

Corey Johnson VesselsHandmade pots hold meaning to Corey Johnson for the time and dedication it takes to make and design them.  It is a combination of these aspects that invite people to use pots and makes them hold value in their daily lives. These pieces may serve as vessels for daily meals or be placed in a home for decoration. Corey is fascinated in the value and purpose his work can serve in this context.  These ideas and concepts encourage Corey to enhance the pottery he makes to provide a more meaningful experience to a morning coffee break or family dinner. When using handmade pots there is a connection between the maker and the user.  Corey is interested in how his ideas and thoughts for forming and finishing his work can translate into where and how someone else may use them in their own life.

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Why Clay | Connee Mayerson | Episode 116

Connee Mayerson | Episode 116

Connee Mayeron in India

Connee Mayeron whiteskin5Connee Mayerson has worked as an artist for 43 years, primarily in ceramics. Connee makes high fire, one of a kind, functional porcelain pots. Connee’s work is organic and her influence is everything that surrounds her. Connee also works in stone mosaic public art, shell work, and figurative painting in water colors and egg tempura.

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Team Up for Art Success | Amy Sanders | Episode 115

Amy Sanders | Episode 115

Amy Sanders
Amy Sanders teapotAmy Sanders is a mom, wife, and potter whose earthenware vessels create a balance of visual elements of form, texture and pattern with utility. She currently works as a studio artist, teaches adult handbuilding classes at Clayworks Studio, and conducts workshops across the United States.

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A Road Less Traveled | Kim-Anh Nguyen | Episode 114

Kim-Anh Nguyen | Episode 114

Kim-Anh Nguyen

Kim-AnhNguyen SpinifexThe majority of Kim-Anh Nguyen’s work is based on the process of coiling, a simple technique which has been used from the earliest times. The inspiration came from indigenous cultures’ traditional woven textile and basketry.

Underlying Kim-Anh’s work is a profound respect for the historical and cultural significance of indigenous people (the Montagnards, or mountain people of Vietnam and the Aborigines of Australia). Most of the works depict aspects of the landscape, which is crucial to all indigenous peoples.

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Risk Taking | Ted Secombe | Episode 113

Ted Secombe | Episode 113

Ted Secombe

Ted Secombe TS_glaze_smallAfter 3 decades at his potter’s wheel, Ted Secombe says that making pots is more challenging now than when he first began, as his motivation is the purely the expression of his ideas and creativity. He has now developed a mastery of the medium that allows him to take his experimentation further than ever before.

Ted likes to work with different shapes and now prefers much simpler forms, forms with the sense of an easy curve, ‘like a brush stroke’. ‘My inspiration comes when the clay is on the wheel and I am looking at the sensuousness of the curve,’ he says. Sometimes he is influenced by the structure of plants and leaves. While the grace and size of the pots is impressive, the glazes Ted uses are rich in color, and delicate in texture and patterning.Continue reading

Build the List | Paul Blais | Episode 112

Paul Blais | Episode 112

One of the most important things one can do in today’s business climate is build a strong email list. Some say this is waste of time, but that is a voice in the minority. Most experts tell us that this is by far one of the top ingredients for success. So the rule of thumb is: Build the list!

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