The Potters Cast | Pottery | Ceramics | Art | Craft

As a BFA graduate from UW-River Falls, Bri Lawson creates functional pottery on the wheel with imagery and bright colors. Originally from MN, Bri relocated to RI in 2018 for a residency at The Steel Yard. Bri currently works in her studio at the Nicholson File Artist Community in Providence, RI.

Direct download: Episode_778_Bri_Larson.mp3
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Ceramics by Jas is a handmade ceramic studio based in Singapore. The artist behind the brand is Jaspreet Kaur. Jaspreet is a hand builder and believes in creating pottery as a form of functional art- a form of beauty and elegance to be enjoyed every single day. Apart from pottery, Jaspreet enjoys travelling and a lot of her work is inspired by her travels across Europe. Jaspreet enjoys playing with colours and textures and creating simple everyday functional items which are a treat to the senses- to see, hold and use.

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Daniel Velasquez is a professional artist, muralist, and founder of Hydralas Designs. Daniel uses art to create a dialogue with diverse environments and their inhabitants in order to create a sense of community and wonder to public spaces. Daniel has a passion for nature, environmental design, health, and community which he seeks to promote with his work.

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Tommy Frank was born and raised in Florida.  Tommy received his B.A. in Ceramics from Asbury University (KY) and his M.F.A in Ceramics from Bowling Green State University (OH).  In between Tommy was awarded three residencies: Morean Center for Clay (FL), Archie Bray Foundation (MT) summer residency and Odyssey ClayWorks (NC).  He also attended the post-baccalaureate program at the University of Florida before going to graduate school.  For nine years, Tommy was the Studio Manager at Belger Crane Yard Studios (MO).  When he left that position, Tommy was supervising the Residency program, adult and children's education programming, Studio Membership program and retail clay supply at Crane Yard Clay.  Since 2020, Tommy has been the founder and CEO of FrankArts, an online platform that produces and hosts virtual workshops for artists.  The mission of FrankArts is to make artist presenters and their workshop presentations accessible to a global audience while generating sustainable income for artists.

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Stephen Salter Pottery was founded in 2018 in Rockwall, Texas. Currently running and selling out of San Marcos Texas. When in college Stephen found his love for ceramic art when taking an elective class with Julie Blackstone. Very quickly it became one of the big centers of Stephen's life. Stephen started by selling custom work and doing shows, in 2021 he moved to San Marcos to apprentice at The Barn Pottery. Stephen now lives and works in San Marcos continuing his ceramic business with a focus in functional pottery.

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Isaih Porter, born and raised in California, is a young potter who currently works, teaches, and lives in Santa Barbara. At the beginning of the pandemic, Isaih was laid off from his job in game-development and took it as a sign (or maybe an excuse) to shift careers. Now, Isaih has created a small pottery business, began teaching regularly, produces work for other potters, and even converted an old electric kiln into his very own down-draft propane kiln.

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Maddy Kelly grew up on an island off the coast of New Jersey, participating in ceramics programs since 6th grade. Maddy went to college and studied nutrition, public health, and then got her master’s degree in health psychology. Maddy made a new year’s resolution to breathe more energy into ceramics in 2018.

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Doug Rubenstein is a potter living in Northern California and is inspired by exploring the intersections between nature and people in his work. Prior to working as a potter full time, Doug was an early childhood teacher for 5 years in New York City and decided to focus on his passion for art in 2020 by starting his own small business, Fifth Season Studio, and moving back to the West Coast.

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Molly Walter creates sculptural and functional ceramics with a focus on deeply carved patterns. Molly is a graduate of Haywood Community College's professional craft program. Originally from Illinois, Molly has lived and worked a variety of jobs in Western North Carolina since 2009. March 2021 marks Molly's first attempt at working full time in the studio. 

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Emma Baird is a jeweler in Edinburgh, Scotland, who started her adventures with Clay in 2019.  Emma started out by making some simple plaster molds and slip casting porcelain that she coloured with mason stains, before trying out some experimental glaze pours on slab built stoneware plates. Emma's discovery of the endless possibilities with glazing led her to switch from porcelain to mainly work with stoneware and she finally got a wheel in March 2021. Emma's homewares are bright and colourful and put the fun into functional!

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Laura Crosland creates wheel thrown pottery intricately carved with geometric patterns and distinctive glazes, alongside a range of tableware in her studio in St Ives, Cornwall. Laura studied ceramics at Wolverhampton University before working for potters Peter Beard and Penny Simpson before 2 years at the Leach Pottery as a production potter.

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Paul Lowe Was born and raised in Oslo Norway where he spent his childhood cooking and crafting with his Grandmother. Paul worked as a food and prop stylist all over Europe before settling in NYC 15 years ago. Paul's love of ceramics started 7 years ago after taking a class.... It was love at first slab. Paul describes his style as heavily influenced by his Nordic heritage with clean and simple lines and colors. Today Paul lives and works in Palm Springs with husband James and 3 dogs.

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Rebecca McClure is a ceramic artist from Victoria, British Columbia in Canada, the territory of the lək̓ʷəŋən peoples. She began working with clay in 1991, but previously studied art education, theatre design, and art history at the University of Calgary. Rebecca creates work with a modern vibe, using classic forms, stark contrasts, and vibrant colours.

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Aba Hutchison is a new potter/ceramicist who has been studying the craft for a year and a half under Jonathan Williams of Rock Hill Pottery Center. Before Aba studied ceramics, she focused mainly on portraiture which has a strong influence on her style, featuring several freehand sgraffito or glaze pencil portraits. Aba also designs section plates for adults.

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Tarragon Smith was born and raised in Canada, but is currently living in the UK. Tarragon's background is in fine art with a BFA and MA in fine art. Through a natural progression Tarragon has moved into ceramics and makes esoteric functional ware and non-functional ware. Tarragon also teaches adult evening classes.

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Silvia Vega, born and raised in Guatemala, is currently a ceramic student at Lone Star College Montgomery, located near Houston, Texas, under the instruction of Professor Charles Wood. Silvia had the opportunity to explore various museums in Europe, finally settling down to live in Paris, France. Silvia had intentions of finally entering an art program, but the school she applied for had a waiting list of years! Despite these obstacles, Silvia's love for art never waned. In 2017, at the age of 44, Silvia decided to finally fulfill her dream of pursuing an art degree. Silvia was captivated by her first ceramics class where she realized her passion was using clay as a canvas for her creativity. When Silvia's hands aren't busy caring for her three children, they are molding, sculpting, and drawing. Only recently has Silvia begun to enter her work into shows. In her second semester at Lone Star College Silvia won first place in a juried art show. Silvia has been published for three consecutive years in the school magazine, Swirl Magazine, which features selected students' fine arts and writing. Silvia continues to pour her heart into her pottery as she explores various techniques and finds new ways to express her creativity.

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Silvia Vega, born and raised in Guatemala, is currently a ceramic student at Lone Star College Montgomery, located near Houston, Texas, under the instruction of Professor Charles Wood. Silvia had the opportunity to explore various museums in Europe, finally settling down to live in Paris, France. Silvia had intentions of finally entering an art program, but the school she applied for had a waiting list of years! Despite these obstacles, Silvia's love for art never waned. In 2017, at the age of 44, Silvia decided to finally fulfill her dream of pursuing an art degree. Silvia was captivated by her first ceramics class where she realized her passion was using clay as a canvas for her creativity. When Silvia's hands aren't busy caring for her three children, they are molding, sculpting, and drawing. Only recently has Silvia begun to enter her work into shows. In her second semester at Lone Star College Silvia won first place in a juried art show. Silvia has been published for three consecutive years in the school magazine, Swirl Magazine, which features selected students' fine arts and writing. Silvia continues to pour her heart into her pottery as she explores various techniques and finds new ways to express her creativity.

Direct download: Episode_763_Silvia_Vega.mp3
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Nicola Moore is an Australian ceramics and mixed media artist who works out of her backyard studio in Pasadena, California. Nicola's work is a vibrant and eclectic creation of unique and functional works of art. She thrives on spontaneity, color, and the exciting evolution of experimental processes. Born in South Africa, and brought up in New Zealand and Australia, Niclola completed a Bachelor of Design in Visual Communications in 2004. Since then life, and Nicol's previous work as a motion graphics artist and painter, led her to live in many different cities around the world, including London, New York, Amsterdam, and currently, Los Angeles. Now, through a consciously intuitive work flow, Nicola draws from a global pool of inspiration and experience.

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Alison Thyra Grubb makes iridescent ceramic jewelry and homeware in her studio in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Alison graduated from Gray’s School of Art in 2019 where she studied 3D design, specializing in ceramics. Alison's geometric ceramics are made using a combination of slip casting and 3D printing and are decorated using colour changing lustre glazes.

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Brian Chen is from New Jersey and discovered ceramics in college in 2014 and has since spent most of his time trying to learn as much as he could. Brian took a few workshops before finding himself working with Simon Levin as an apprentice. Brian finished his apprenticeship at the end of 2020 and is currently a resident artist at Carbondale Clay Center.

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Brian R. Jones grew up in Syracuse, NY and is now an artist living and working in Portland, OR. He has been a resident artist at Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts in Newcastle, ME and The Clay Studio in Philadelphia, PA. He has earned degrees from The New York State College of Ceramics (BFA) and Southern Methodist University (MFA). He was a presenter at the Utilitarian Clay VI: Celebrate the Object at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts in September 2012. In 2013, Jones was selected as an Emerging Artist by the National Council on the Education in the Ceramic Arts.

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George Metropoulos McCauley, a Greek/American potter, has had 30 solo shows and has been included in 400 exhibitions. He has taught and conducted workshops internationally. The recipient of 4 National Endowment for the Arts grants and the prestigious Roy Acuff Chair of Excellence for the Arts at Austin Peay State University in Clarkesville, TN, his pottery and sculpture are included in international collections in 12 countries. Among the books and periodicals to feature his work are: Teapots, 21st Century Ceramics in the United States and Canada, The Best of Pottery (editions 1 and 2), Contemporary Ceramics, Wheel Thrown Ceramics, Ceramic Sculpture: Inspiring Techniques , Glazes: Materials, Recipes and Techniques, The International Teapot Exhibition in Shanghai, 500 Vases and 500 Platters, 500 Teapots . Ceramics Monthly, The Chinese Potter’s Newsletter, Ceramics Monthly of Korea, Ceramics: Art and Perception. McCauley continues to have a busy workshop and exhibition schedule and still finds time to produce his own local television show,” George’s House of Interesting Things” on HCTV , and “GHOC Wednesday Night Videos on the internet. He has 2 films to his credit, “Archie C. Bray, Life at the Brickyard” 2008 and “Ron Meyers and the Usual Suspects” 2013. Additionally McCauley has been working with the low income and disabled community for 50 years. He maintains a studio at his home in Helena, Montana where he makes colorful earthenware pots, high temperature wood firing, earthenware wood firing and narrative sculpture. Along the way he has worked as a chef in a Greek restaurant, Formula 4 Racecar mechanic and driver, fulltime cowboy/horse trainer, concrete inspector, aluminum siding salesman, western catalog model, lifeguard and carpenter.

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Jolene Hewison is a ceramicist working from the beautiful Margaret River Region in Western Australia. Jolene's work is design focused, with the aim of incorporating both aesthetic and functional qualities in interesting ways. Jolene loves the idea of making work that can feel special and be of use in every day life.

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Melodee Joy Jackson is a Michigan-based potter who works with high-fire stoneware. Melodee sometimes etches images into her pottery, such as panoramic views of houses and city scapes. Currently Melodee is making pieces with sculpture, whether that be shallow relief grapes on a chalice or a life-size frog on top of a jar.

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Tania Rustage's pottery adventure started in sunny South Africa, as a hobby. Before she knew it, Tania was ‘mesmerized by mud’ and turning it into wonderful works of Decorative Art and Functional Wares, which she refers to as ‘Clay for display & Everyday use’. Tania's work has a variety of finishes, from glossy glaze to distressed and whimsical, and the sculptural work all tells a story, starting with a title to a finished piece. Tania enjoys making this Fun & Whimsical Work, & adding a touch of attitude, with strong attention to detail and precision.

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Jon Stein is a potter and educator from Cincinnati, Ohio. Jon found the potters wheel at fifteen and never looked back. A desire to further his understanding of atmospheric firing led Jon to Utah State University where he completed his MFA. Jon is currently the Education Director at Queen City Clay.

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Ayshah Almosalam received her Bachelor of Art Education degree from Qassim University in Saudi Arabia and her Master of Fine Art from Fontbonne University, Montana in the United States. Ayshah went from a teacher's assistant to a lecturer at Qassim University (2012-2021) teaching drawing, painting, and ceramics for Art Education undergraduate students, as well as administrative work at the Art Education department. Participated in different galleries in Saudi Arabia (paintings).

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Alejandra Mangaña is part of the husband and wife duo with her husband Luis who combine contemporary design and art using their experiences as a an influence. Each piece is handmade on the potter's wheel made with food safe glazes in-house with intention to be part of their customer's daily routines for a long time.

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Samantha (Sam) Haster is a potter and educator, originally from Wisconsin and is now living in the Chicago area. Sam makes functional, comfortable, soda-fired pots that she hopes will inspire users to more fully engage with the conversations and interactions of everyday life.

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Bilyana Yankulova was born and raised in Bulgaria. Bilyana is an established pottery, graphic and visual artist with 30+ years of experience. Bilyana graduated from an Art High School specializing in ceramics; however Bilyana also received classical training in painting, drawing, and sculpture. Later on Bilyan went to obtain her MA in Ceramics from the National Academy of Arts-Sofia in Bulgaria. Bilyana moved to the United States in 2005 and has been residing in Los Angeles, California. Currently, Bilyana mainly makes her pottery using a throwing technique; however she does like to also use the slab method of building. In the past Bilyana has worked with many different clays, techniques and recently, she has been enjoying working with porcelain and creating all kinds of things from beautiful jewelry to everyday use mugs to bigger sculptures and pieces great for interior and exterior design. All of Bilyana pieces were created with both aesthetic and functionality in mind. Bilyana uses lead-free underglaze and glaze and fires everything at cone 5 and 6.

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Caroline Couzens is both a designer and maker working across interiors and ceramics. Caroline's aim is always to solve problems, create balance, and achieve beauty. Every project undertaken starts with a materials based approach whether she's designing a space or indeed an object. Caroline works from her studio in north London.

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Celestial Surf Studio is an extension of Stephanie Washburn as an individual. All of the inspiration and musings Stephanie gathers from the natural world around her are transformed to function. The mystique and charm of Stephanie's local landscape, allure of crystal formations, and astronomic cycles all influence the pieces Stephanie creates.

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M Rathsack is a raku potter living in Western North Carolina. M is also the owner and teacher at M's School of Art which she established over 14 years ago. M also paints a little and has her hands in all sorts of other crazy creative ventures!

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ShprixieLand is the collaborative pottery art project between Heath Carra and his wife, Victoria Henriksen. For the last 20 years Heath and Victoria have made colorful and richly patterned pottery in their home studio at Kootenay Lake in British Columbia, Canada. Heath and Victoria work mainly with slab-built porcelain, lace patterns, and underglaze.

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On September 1, 2019 Renee Zantay lost her property, job, and community to Hurricane Dorian- a direct hit to the island that knocked out power on the for 475 days. In the wake of this catastrophe Renee's  husband suggested that she should follow her dream and become a potter. Renee miraculous found gas kiln and wheel. Using the power of social media Renee started selling product before her first firing. As an avid self promoter she started using hashtags like #Notatrainedkilntechnician. to gain traction. Renee now volunteers to teach a homeschool class that she funds with my ceramics.

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Francesca Kaye earned her degree in fashion and textiles in the early 80's . Though she was well versed in all aspects of textiles, the only thing Francesca liked was print . Francesca was asked if she could make tiles for someone's kitchen and she said yes and made them at home while watching tv !!! Eventually Francesca got a studio in the late 80's at Cockpit Workshops ... the most brilliant place in central London.  Francesca's first order was for a well known store in London called Liberty and that's when everything took off. 12 years later Francesca's lovely father in law built me a studio at the end of the garden and she bought a kiln and making again.

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Kate Froese creates functional ceramics that focus on comfort, quality, and finish out of her home studio in Manitoba. Kate has  a passion for nature and the outdoors, especially Rural and Northern Canada. That love shows up in Kate's clay work. Kate enjoys living a relaxed and creative life.

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Chris Long is a full time studio potter living and working in central Austin, Texas. When not on tour with his band “Hikes”, Chris can be found making pots in the studio he built in 2017. The aim of Chris' work is to make comfortable pots that are visually engaging.

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Joseph Lyons discovered his love for clay as a child in Seattle, Washington. Jos emigrated to Canada in 2016 to attend Vancouver Island University. Joe received multiple awards and scholarships for his commitment to community engagement and service while enrolled. Joe received a Visual Arts degree from VIU and worked as studio assistant in the Ceramics classroom. He graduated in Spring 2020. Joe has sold his art at multiple shops and galleries in the BC area. Joe volunteers at local schools, working with youth, leading pottery workshops. He is an active member of the Tozan Woodfire Society. Joe is a ceramic instructor at The Hub in Cowichan Station working with Cathi Jefferson and Nanaimo Ceramic Arts for Bronwyn Arundel.

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Tasha Renee' is a Potter from Sacramento, CA who loves to experiment with form, function, and surface decoration as a way to express their creativity through ceramics. Tasha loves carving, underglaze, and leaving raw-unglazed surfaces to highlight the beauty of different clay bodies. Tasha is finding a groove in sharing their art with the world. Tasha has a pure and honest love for the craft and is eager to find time to learn more.

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Kat & Harry Dellamater creates whimsical, highly detailed, free form ceramic tile along with their own steel frames in their studio/fabrication shop in the mountains above Boise, Idaho. Kat & Harry met and married on their property over 30 years ago and have been professional artists for the last 10 years.

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Celia Feldberg graduated with a BFA in ceramics from MassArt in 2019. Celia is currently focusing on wheel thrown and sgraffitoed red clay pottery. Celia draws animals to tell stories about our everyday lives and emotions.

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Kristen Van Patten is a multidisciplinary artist living and working in Austin, TX. After receiving his MFA in Painting and Sculpture from the San Francisco Art Institute in 2007, he relocated to Austin in 2010. Kristen work is influenced largely by his interest in Architecture, specifically Modernist and Brutalist architecture from the 1950's to the mid 1970's.

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Taylor Sijan is an artist and craftswoman from Catawba Island, Ohio. Taylor is known for her richly decorated, functional pottery that has been exhibited widely throughout the US. Taylor earned a BFA from Bowling Green State University in 2016 and an MFA from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2021.

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Arthur Halvorsen work uses bright colors, textures and patterns on earthenware, gathering inspiration from pop art, coloring books and tattoos. Arthur is a Mudflat studio artist, he teaches classes and workshops at Mudflat but also teaches at Lesley University in Cambridge MA and and other venues nationally as a visiting artist. Arthur's work has been featured in Ceramics Monthly, Pottery Making Illustrated, Studio Potter, ArtScope Magazine, and on WCVB Channel 5; Chronicle. Arthur has been recognized as a 2019 Brother Thomas Fellow recipient for his work in the field of ceramics within the Boston area.

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Adam Field and William Duvall, both alumni of The Potters Cast, are back to the show to talk about their last three months of working together in Adam's studio. William was looking to grow his skill level and Adam was looking for help in the studio... it was a match made in heaven! Listen in to the conversation to hear what their experience was like.

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The works of Nichibei potters blends the elegant tradition of Japanese folk art with a contemporary flair resulting in an innovative collection of handmade pottery that is unmistakably Nichibei. Mikio Matsumoto worked as a commodities broker in Japan, but always had a keen interest in the arts. He became a potter after moving to California in 1985. Cheryl Costantini has had a life-long interest in pottery, culture and traditional artistic values. In 1978 she traveled to Japan to study pottery. Cheryl and Mikio formed Nichibei in 1985. Since then, the husband and wife team have shown their work at exhibitions in California, New York and Japan. Literally translated, Nichibei means “Japan and America.”

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Teena Martin started taking pottery classes at a local community arts centre, and this quickly became one of her many forms of expression. Teena considers herself a "self taught" artist because she is not formally trained in ceramics, photography or painting, though she has had many wonderful teachers along the way. When Teena began working with clay her main goal at the start was to throw the biggest bowl possible. That is the wonder of clay, once she threw her 1,000 bowls, extruded dozens of casseroles, made literally 100's of slab plates (with very rude words!) Teena had enough of 'production work' so she went a completely different direction and found her joy! For the last few years Teena has been exploring many different styles and forms but what has remained consistent is her focus on the whimsical. Teena's love of the ocean plays a large part in her inspiration and her recent projects reflect that passion.

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Frank Eagar, both an alumni of The Potters Cast and a high school teacher, has an interesting approach to creating curriculum for his students. For his pottery students he has them listen to an episode of The Potters Cast or watch a Youtube video of a potter. Next he has each of the students record a question for the artist that is in focus. And finally the artist will watch the recorded questions from the students and respond to each student individually. It is a brilliant idea! This is an episode where the artist being question was the host of The Potters Cast, me, Paul Blais!

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I can't believe that The Potters Cast has been around for 7 years! Throughout the history of the show there have been so many episodes that have stood out to me. So for these past two weeks I have been bringing back through the archives and pulling out a few of my favorite episode. Bill's episode has been one of those episodes that I have carried with me.

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I have been loving being able to bring to you some of my favorite episodes from the past 7 years and Osa's episode from way back before the 2 year mark has always stuck with me. I have talked about her multiple times. 

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Today, April 29th is the birthday of The Potters Cast! Seven years ago we launched the show to the world. In celebration I am going back into the archives and pulling out some of my personal favorites. Clary is definitely one of my all time favorites.

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In celebration of The Potters Cast turning 7 years old this week, I am pulling out of the archives some of my favorite episodes. This conversation with Sebastian took place back in 2018 and was a face-to-face meeting at NCECA. I was already a big fan of Sebastian, but I fell all the more in love with him through this conversation.

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Tom Buczak is back, but this time he came to The Potters Cast to talk about what it is like to make ceramics with his son, EZ. In this show notes page you will see the work of both Tom and EZ.

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Anastassia Zamaraeva is a ceramic artist based in Manchester, UK. Anastassia's work is mainly figurative and centered around story telling and an exploration of our inner worlds. Some pieces are melancholy, some are silly, and others are creepy.

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Andrea Burns, owner of Pots by Andrea, is a potter and educator living and working in Allendale, Michigan. Andrea's not-so-greenthumb tendencies inspires her to create vessels adorned in everlasting ceramic florals.

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Stephen Biggerstaff has been making ceramics seriously for twelve years in Asheville,NC. Stephen has taken multiple ceramics workshops with many artists at craft schools in his region. Stephen rented space at and performed as a studio assistant at Odyssey Center for Ceramic Arts. Stephen was mentored by Lana Wilson and assisted her at Penland and Arrowmont, predominantly. Stephen had a career as a landscape contractor in Charleston County area in SC before moving to NC.

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Ryan Reich was on The Potters Cast back in 2018. A few weeks ago on February 12th, Ryan's family home burst into flames. Gratefully, everyone got out safely, but they lost everything. Today we talk to Ryan to hear his story. Amazingly, Ryan has an amazing attitude.

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Liz Mazurek studied art and ceramics at Southwestern University where she received a BFA and realized she wanted to pursue clay as her lifelong career. Since graduating, Liz took on a year long post-baccalaureate position at Colorado State University that offered a great opportunity to learn about how she was going to proceed in her clay career. Once her time at CSU came to a close, Liz found a local pottery studio called Smokestack Pottery in Fort Collins, Colorado in which she decided to become a full time resident artist. Liz currently teaches classes, fire kilns, and work as an independent artist.

Direct download: Episode_721_Liz_Mazurek.mp3
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Alexandria Medenciy is a potter and high school ceramics teacher located in the Quad Cities. Alexandria is a firm believer in being a teaching artist, and works to inspire and engage her students using clay. Alexandria's work (Gemini Pottery) focuses on the juxtaposition of black and white sgraffito with loose and expressive color behind it.

Direct download: Episode_720_Alexandria_Medenciy.mp3
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Born in Manitoba, Terry Hildebrand graduated with an MFA from the UofMinnesota in 2014. Terry received a BFA from UofManitoba in 2007. Between Universities Terry was the ceramics technician at UManitoba. After school Terry taught at Medicine Hat College and participated in residencies at Medalta and the Banff Center until they moved back home in 2018. Terry and his partner are full time artists based in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

Direct download: Episode_719_Terry_Hildebrand.mp3
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Camille Beckles is the creative person behind Camille at the Wheel. Camille at the Wheel is a collection of handmade ceramics with a bent towards beautiful utility. Camille loves cups that fit nicely in your hand, bowls that hold just the right amount of popcorn, and mugs that are perfectly sized for morning coffee. Camille's hope is that her work brings you joy and usefulness, in equal measure.

Direct download: Episode_718_Camille_Beckles.mp3
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Using earthenware clay, Sasha Barrett makes functional and decorative pots. The surfaces of Sasha's forms are painted using heavy, colorful brushstrokes to create a feeling of movement and mood. Sasha throws his pots on a slow turning kick-wheel. Sasha finds inspiration from his home country of Ukraine.

Direct download: Episode_717_Sasha_Barrett.mp3
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Lacy Corlis is a potter living in Hood River, Oregon. Lacy's father introduced her to this craft as a young girl. She loves creating functional pottery using detailed sgraffito and brightly colored glaze combinations. Lacy finds inspiration in nature and emotions.

Direct download: Episode_716_Lacy_Corlis.mp3
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With a career as a graphic designer and marketer, Crysten Puszczykowski's real passion is pottery, spanning back to when she received her first pieces as gifts. Crysten took her first class in high school but didn’t really get into it until years later when her daughter was 9 and Cryesten wanted something they could do together. That was 2013 and now Crysten has her own wee studio in her garage and is creating whenever she can. Crysten's career and homes have changed, but her obsession over clay remains. Crysten believes pottery should be for everyone and used everyday.

Direct download: Episode_715_Crysten_Puszczykowski.mp3
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Since returning to ceramics after a long absence, it has been a journey of rediscovery for Steve Booton. Rediscovering lost skills. Rediscovering lost enthusiasm, and rediscovering an aesthetic approach to working with clay that feels natural and unforced. Steve's latest work, with a strong Japanese influence, is where he feels most comfortable. Steve continues to explore wood firing with simple shino glazes on uncomplicated direct forms
allowing the nature of the clay to develop honest pots with what he likes to call beautiful imperfections.

Direct download: Episode_714_Steve_Booton.mp3
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Michelle Gardella pictures and pottery both leave her covered in mud. Whether she's wading in rivers with her camera, or spinning bowls at her wheel, Michelle's art is rooted in an unwavering reverence for the human connection with earth and water, and one another.

Direct download: Episode_713_Michelle_Gardella.mp3
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Jo Brimble through  Brimble Studios wants to bring a smile to your face with unique, illustrated, functional, ceramics that have characters who take on a life of their own. From merpeople soap dishes to a strong man butter dish, these designs hopefully make you chuckle because everyday objects deserve a bit more personality.

Direct download: Episode_712_Jo_Brimble.mp3
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Zoey B Scheler (b.1989) is a ceramic artist working and living in Canon City, Colorado. Zoey makes one of a kind, small scale abstract ceramic sculptures and functional vessels. Zoey works with white stoneware, porcelain, colored porcelain and non-ceramic materials. Zoey attended Pratt Institute in Brooklyn, NY, where she received her BFA with an emphasis in ceramics. Following her studies in Brooklyn she attended Hofstra University in Hempstead, NY, obtaining her MSED in K-12 Art Education. In 2017, Zoey received her MFA from Purchase College SUNY where she was an Adjunct Art and Design Graduate Professor. Zoey was the Rittenberg resident artist at Clay Art Center in Port Chester, New York from 2017-2019. Zoey continues her studio practice in her home studio in Colorado as well as teaches ceramics to all ages of makers.

Direct download: Episode_711_Zoey_B_Scheler.mp3
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Raphaela Seck is a potter living in the south west of Devon in the UK. Raphaela first started pottery at an evening class and has been hooked ever since. After completing 2 apprenticeships Raphaela went on to manage a community studio and teach weekly classes. Raphaela now makes pottery full time from her home studio. Raphaela's work is calm, elegant, and tactile.

Direct download: Episode_710_Raphaela_Speck.mp3
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Dwayne Nii-Teiko Sackey's work leaves a trace of a fluid, organic process and a human set of hands. Windswept trees, cold blue bodies of water, and lichen covered granite boulders intrigue and informs Dwayne's artistic palette.  Gentle curves, textured surfaces, and meandering lines speak through Dwayne's art. Atmosphere, expressive brush strokes, and simple glazes mimic the timelessness of nature.

Direct download: Episode_709_Dwayne_Nii-Teiko_Sackey.mp3
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Nala Turner is a Brooklyn-based ceramics artist and creative art therapist, working primarily with themes related to race-issues, cultural identity, femininity, social stereotype, and popular culture perspectives. Nala has shown her work in various gallery, workshop, and press settings. Through clay-work, Nala aims to inspire her audience to recognize such culturally restricting barriers and transubstantiate the cultural representation of Black people.

Direct download: Episode_708_Nala_Turner.mp3
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Mairi Stone's work is all about trying to express her love and reverence for the beauty of the earth. The oceans are a major inspiration but the whole of nature's forms, textures, and colours influences her. Mairi uses porcelain paperclay and often fuse glass into the pieces.

Direct download: Episode_707_Mairi_Stone.mp3
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Paul Briggs grew up in the Hudson Valley of Newburgh, NY. Paul's first ceramics class was in high school. Paul's creative process is pinching, and slab-built vessels,\ and his work is informed by art making as a spiritual practice. Paul is an Artist-Teacher at the Massachusetts College of Art and Design

Direct download: Episode_706_Paul_Briggs.mp3
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PEZ COCINADO is all about Vivi Araya-Gamboa's imagination, love and respect for the ocean. When Vivi was a little girl her mother let her draw on the walls of Vivi's room since that where peces y peces!!! Then on papers and when Vivi went to the university with CLAY. REMEMBER!!! MORE FISHES, LESS PLASTIC!!!!

Direct download: Episode_705_Vivi_Araya-Gamboa.mp3
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Morgan Levine makes functional slipware  out of her Brooklyn studio. Morgan's work references a long history of marbleized patterns across different mediums and around the world. Each piece records the reaction between Morgan's gesture and the colored slips' movement.

Direct download: Episode_704_Morgan_Levine.mp3
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Erin Killian is a ceramicist and writer based in Southern California. When she’s not wrangling her three young boys, you can find her in her backyard studio making simple, functional pottery. Before she moved West, she was a journalist with NPR in Washington, D.C. and has written for the Washington Post and Fodor’s Travel.

Direct download: Episode_703_Erin_Killian.mp3
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Ann Ruel started creating pottery as a tribute to the traditions and dynamics of the "family" as witnessed from her own experiences and acted out on the pottery through symbolic images found in nature including birds, flowers, bees etc. As Ann has grown, she now does custom work for other people who relay their own experiences and trust her to illustrate their stories for them.

Direct download: Episode_702_Ann__Jim_Ruel.mp3
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Nicole Pepper is a West Seattle Ceramic Artist, wife, and a mother of 3. Nicole has pursued a career in ceramics since 1995 where she graduated from Western Washington University with a BFA in Ceramics with a second concentration in Fiber Arts. Nicole's hope is to bring work that is warm, functional, and delightful.

Direct download: Episode_701_Nicole_Pepper.mp3
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Today we celebrate 700 episodes of The Potters Cast! This episode is all about the small victories that the listeners have found through the advice and stories of all the amazing guests of the show.

Direct download: Episode_700_Small_Victories.mp3
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Nicola Hart is originally from New Zealand but moved to Australia after finishing her studies in graphic design. Nicola worked as a designer and art director and then had time at home with her three children. Around ten years ago Nicola started doing night classes in ceramics at her local community centre and fell in love with hand building in clay! Nicola now works from her home in Sydney, where ceramics has turned from a hobby into a small business. Nicola is fascinated with organic shapes, and ceramics that are unique and perfectly imperfect.

Direct download: Episode_699_Nicola_Hart.mp3
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Kat (Katherijne) Pino, a ceramic artist from The Netherlands, has been living in Vancouver since 2016. Kat design and make contemporary dinnerware and home goods with a focus on functionality and simplicity.

Direct download: Episode_698_Kat_Pino.mp3
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Casey Taylor found ceramics in college. After focusing on illustration, painting, and drawing, Casey took an 'intro to ceramics' class as an elective and never looked back. Casey focused on ceramic sculpture in school, though she was always drawn to pottery because of the tangible connection between the maker and the user. Now working as an artist, Casey is finding new ways to combine sculpture and pottery into functional art objects.

Direct download: Episode_697_Casey_Taylor.mp3
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Min Oh is a potter living in Utah. Min's work is designed to not only fit well into one's life, but also to bring a splash of beauty. 

Direct download: Episode_696_Min_Oh.mp3
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Jérémy Bellina is a Berlin base ceramic artist who aims at creating contemporary, playful & practical ceramics. Jérémy's approach to the craft is fairly intuitive, he enjoys experimenting with shapes and colors, crossing his fingers that along the way something special and functional will emerge. 

Direct download: Episode_695_Jeremy_Bellina.mp3
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Rich Brown is the founder, owner, and creator of the Georgia based company, Pottery32. After attending his first pottery class at the age of 32 in Decatur, GA, Rich began an artistic journey to not only pursue an undeniable new found passion, but to also inspire those around him. With a spirited “it’s never too late” mantra and a true love of the art, Rich has made pottery a huge part of his life. Rich has a detailed focused tenacity that has him eager to continue to learn his craft and has given him the ability to share his appreciation for people through each piece he creates.

Direct download: Episode_694_Rich_Brown.mp3
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John Cheer does about 24 shows per year, primarily along the east coast and the South, but has gone as far as Texas, Colorado, and Arizona. John has won over 85 awards for his work over the years at fine art and craft shows. John has been featured in Ceramics Monthly and Crafts Report and exhibited his “Soul Search” lamp and fountain at the State Museum in Harrisburg, PA. RCN’s Channel 53, Ebru TV’s “Blank Canvas” segment featured John in February, 2010, Season 2:4. “Mandalas For World Peace” outdoor sculpture 5'x9'

Direct download: Episode_693_John_Cheer.mp3
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Ana Leal is originally from Brazil and came to the US when she was eighteen to attend College. Ana fell in love with Pottery in 2011 by accident, when she joined a Pottery/Ceramics club through her work, which quickly became her passion. Now a retired Aeronautical Engineer and with her 3D Computer Aided Design background has given Ana an advantage when working with clay. Ana makes one of a kind wheel-thrown, altered, and carved pieces. Ana describes her work as tropical inspired with a 3-D surface texture that begs to be touched. She uses porcelain mainly for its translucency and whiteness which it’s like no other. Ana is hoping to make a positive impact on people’s lives through her art.

Direct download: Episode_692_Ana_Leal.mp3
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Catie Webster is a potter and public high school art teacher. Catie is driven to make Art that you want to pick up, use, and enjoy Catie's art serves a purpose, has a function, and looks beautiful in your home. Catie is inspired by nature and the colors of New Hampshire landscapes.

Direct download: Episode_691_Catie_Webster.mp3
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Anna Valenti weaves and pinches clay vessels ranging from pots to chairs to screens. Anna graduated from the University of Colorado at Boulder in 2014 with her BA, practiced there again in 2017 as a ceramics post-baccalaureate student, and received her MFA from the Maine College of Art in 2020. Anna is the recipient of the 2020 NCECA Graduate Student Fellowship. Anna's research is in hemp clay bodies.

Direct download: Episode_690_Anne_Valenti.mp3
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Carla Sealey  founded Naked Clay Ceramics which is a collection of handmade, minimal style ceramics in porcelain and black stoneware. Inspired by the colours and textures of the earth, the feel of natural, unglazed clay allows a tactile connection, bringing an opportunity to pause and savour a quiet moment in the hustle of life.

Direct download: Episode_689_Carla_Sealey.mp3
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Claire and Elise Surma are the sister-in-law duo with a passion for clay, community, and customer care. Claire and Elise started making pots for friends and family in a small corner of our home garage. After running into hiccups with purchasing making materials, our pottery hobby quickly spun into a larger business idea. At Garage Clay Claire and Elise aim to make ceramics more accessible to potters at any point in their creative journey. At both garageclay.com and at their physical retail shop, Claire and Elese sell clay, glazes, pottery tools, their own line of comfy clay-approved swag, and their own select finished pots.

Direct download: Episode_688_Claire__Elise_Surma.mp3
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Andi Hoffmann started her journey with clay in 2013, taking a local pottery class and getting her hands messy in lots of drop in studio hours. After studying biology and conservation science at the University of Victoria, Andi combined her love of nature with her love of art and started Hoff the Grid Goods in 2017. Working out of a small studio in Victoria, BC, Canada, Andi creates west coast, nature-inspired functional ceramics, where each design tells a story. Andi's hope is that her work inspires mindful, compassionate living.

Direct download: Episode_687_Andi_Hoffmann.mp3
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Sage Morgan is a studio potter living in the mountains of western North Carolina and she loves to look under rocks. Inspired by the forest floor and all things that inhabit it, you can find mushrooms and slugs as the center motif on pots to ceramic stones.

Direct download: Episode_686_Sage_Morgan.mp3
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Daniel George was born in Gainesville Florida and  attended UF in Gainesville and graduated with degrees in anthropology and Spanish in 2003. In the middle of college Daniel fell in love with clay when he took a ceramics for non-art-majors class and got his foot in the door of the clay department. Daniel spend 6 months in Central America and then moved to California. Daniel studied at Cal State North Ridge and graduated with an MA. Been a working artist since then. Daniel started an apparel company with Lino blocks printed on pieces of recycled t shirts and hand sewn them to hats and pockets on shirts. Daniel has also been learning to build surfboards in which builds each board from the foam of an old trashed board. Daniel had a show in Mar Vista called “Sticks and Mud” where he showed recycled surfboards and pots.

Direct download: Episode_685_Daniel_George.mp3
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Cabby Luxford inspired by nature and it's own transformative power on manmade and natural materials. For Cabby erosion, patina, decay, rust all sources of endless inspiration! Cabby loves experimenting with unusual techniques to produce something unique. Cabby throws her ceramics, using Japanese carving processes and fire unconventionally including raku and Indian smoke firing. Being an avid mudlarker (searching the muddy banks of a river for artifacts) Cabby often incorporates river finds in my work.

Direct download: Episode_684_Cabby_Luxford.mp3
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Corinne Dzuba lives in Canada’s subarctic in Yellowknife, NT with her husband, Franz and 2 dogs, Timber and Reo. Corinne love of clay started shortly after moving to Yellowknife when she discovered there was a local guild offering pottery courses. After taking the first class of a beginner wheel throwing class Corinne fell in love with clay. She continued exploring clay as a pottery studio member at the guild taking workshops and eventually teaching classes. About 5 years ago Corinne built a home studio where she continues her journey with clay. Corinne's work is mostly thrown functional pieces. Design for Corinne's work is often inspired by the beautiful nature surrounding her such as the painted birch trees.

Direct download: Episode_683_Corinne_Dzuba.mp3
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Dawn Candy is an artist residing in Red Deer, Alberta. Dawn earned her Bachelor's degree from the University of Lethbridge where she studied analytic philosophy and religious studies. Dawn then went on to study visual art at Red Deer College. Her work has been exhibited and collected internationally. Currently Dawn teaches community art classes in addition to making her pottery.

Direct download: Episode_682_Dawn_Candy.mp3
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Emily Daley is a ceramicist working in Philadelphia. Emily makes functional pieces that are whimsical and feminine while being sophisticated and elegant. Emily uses her work to amplify her own voice, often calling attention to issues she cares about or bringing light to dark areas of her life through humor and sparkles.

Direct download: Episode_681_Emily_Daley.mp3
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Hilda Carr is a potter, teacher, and recently turned author who works from the bottom of her garden in South London, UK. Hilda produces small-batch ceramics with a focus on the carved surface. The pieces Hilda creates are made to be used everyday with the hope that they will turn those seemingly mundane everyday moments, like making your morning cup of tea, into a treasured ritual.

Direct download: Episode_680_Hilda_Carr.mp3
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