We periodically feature the work of fellow ceramics journalist Ben Carter, who hosts the Tales of the Red Clay Rambler Podcast. In his most recent series, Carter interviews several Irish artists, taped while at the Ceramic Ireland International Festival.
Before we launch that series over here on Cfile, we want to start wwith Carter’s tribute to prolific studio potter and educator, Warren MacKenzie, who passed away Dec. 31, 2018.
Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have a rebroadcast of a 2015 interview with an icon of the American studio pottery movement, Warren Mackenzie. After an early apprenticeship at the Leach Pottery in St. Ives, Cornwall (1949-1952), Mackenzie became a ceramic professor at the University of Minnesota (1953-1990). During his nearly four-decade tenure at the school, he influenced generations of students including Michael Simon, Randy Johnston, Sandy Simon, Mark Pharis and many more. In the interview we talk about his time at the Leach Pottery, pricing for domestic wares, and his thoughts on what makes a good pot. Warren passed peacefully in his Stillwater, MN home on December 31st, 2018.