The Potters Cast | Pottery | Ceramics | Art | Craft

Lora Rust is a studio potter and pottery instructor in Atlanta, Ga. Lora shares her love of working in clay teaching beginning and intermediate pottery classes at Callanwolde Fine Arts Center in Atlanta, including focus on the soda firing process. She also teaches hands on and demonstration workshops regionally. Lora creates heirloom quality porcelain table and serve ware, fired to cone 6 oxidation and soda. Her goal is to bring a touch of artistry and elegance to the home.

Direct download: Episode_157_Lora_Rust.mp3
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Heidi Fahrenbacher is a ceramic artist from Plainwell, MI that creates slipcast ceramics with vibrant colors and images that observe a simple moment in time. Heidi loves ceramics and, until recently, was throwing everything on the wheel until she had hip surgery.

Direct download: Episode_156_Heidi_Fahrenbacher.mp3
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A native to Minnesota, Mark Skudlarek began his fascination with wood-firing while living in the pottery village of, La Borne, France. In 1983, he began a four year apprenticeship in Connecticut with Todd Piker at the Cornwall Bridge Pottery and in and in 1988, moved to Cambridge, Wisconsin to establish Cambridge Wood-fired Pottery.

Direct download: Episode_155_Mark_Skudlarek.mp3
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Martha Grover is a functional potter, living in Bethel, Maine creating thrown and altered porcelain pieces. She attended Bennington College in Vermont, where she received her undergraduate degree in Architecture. Martha received her MFA in ceramics from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. She received the Taunt Fellowship at the Archie Bray Foundation. Her work can be found at galleries throughout the country. Her work has been published in Ceramics Monthly, Clay Times, Pottery Making Illustrated, 500 Pitchers, 500 Platters and Chargers, and 500 Vases.

Direct download: Episode_154_Martha_Grover.mp3
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Tom Budzak is a ceramic artist living in Tempe, AZ with his wife Melissa, his newborn son Ezekiel and dog Boba Fett. He received his BFA from Arizona State University and his MFA from New Mexico State University. He is an Adjunct Professor at South Mountain Community College and a Master Instructor at the Mesa Art Center.

Direct download: Episode_153_Tom_Budzak.mp3
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Roberto Lugo was born in the Kensington neighborhood of Philadelphia. Roberto was his mother’s third child by the time she was 21. Growing up Roberto was exposed to prevalent drug use and gang activity. The crack epidemic left half of the houses in Roberto's neighborhood abandoned. His childhood neighborhood gave very little hope for a future outside of its boundaries.


Roberto didn’t have any experience with art in high school. He did, however, take up writing graffiti with his cousins on the streets of Philadelphia. After moving away from Philadelphia Roberto found himself in a community college taking art classes.


After undergraduate studies Roberto realized how important it was to share his experiences through presentation as well. In 2011 Roberto had an opportunity to speak at the National Council of Education for the Ceramic Arts in Seattle, WA. His lecture was entitled “Activism Through Ceramics”. The following year at the NCECA Conference held in Houston, Texas where Roberto delivered another lecture titled “From the Wheel to the Wall”, a presentation on how graffiti relates to ceramics.

Direct download: Episode_152_Roberto_Lugo.mp3
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Rachel Wood is a nationally and internationally recognized potter who exhibits extensively in the UK and overseas. Her work is recognized for its complex and textured surfaces on vessels which are pinched and coiled, or thrown and manipulated.

Direct download: Episode_151_Rachel_Wood.mp3
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Mariko Paterson has been around the ceramic block. Born and raised in Vancouver, she first attended Langara College and then completed her bachelor's degree at the Alberta College of Art. Kent State University was her next destination where she knocked out her MFA degree. While she has also made New York, Michigan, Ohio and Manitoba as just some points of her professional pursuits, Halifax, Nova Scotia now serves as ceramic headquarters. Forage Studios strives to produce a subversive strain of wheel thrown and ceramic work as well as serve the community with an education of the arts.

Historical meets handbuilding where her sculptural interests lay and a dalliance with the pottery wheel has resulted in both forms and a forum for exploring her love of creamy cone 6 clay bodies and illustration.

Direct download: Episode_150_Mariko_Paterson.mp3
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This is a special episode of The Potters Cast. Former guests, Steve Kelly and Brian R Jones, join me in a live interview recorded in Georgies for Georgies special 50th anniversary open house. We had a great conversation about social media and building a business.

Direct download: Episode_149_Steve_Kelly__Brian_R_Jones.mp3
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Jessica Brandl holds an MFA in Ceramics from The Ohio State University and a BFA from The Kansas City Art Institute. Her work has been shown nationally and internationally in numerous solo and group exhibitions, including “Ceramic Top 40,” and at RISD Rome. Her work addresses the object as artifact, and its recollection of human time and environment.

Direct download: Episode_148_Jessica_Brandl.mp3
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