Today I present snippets of the back story of  Brian R. Jones, ceramic artist and podcaster. 
Brian is featured here, in the Emerging Artist
Report, not because he was a 2012 NCECA Emerging Artist, but because it was his podcast that inspired me to conduct the interviews that will later be published here. I have to say that Brian's genuine, pessimistic nature exposed in the posdcast is endearing. I immediately felt that I knew Brian for a long time and  his honesty and directness helps the conversation to stay very real.

Brian and I share a distant lineage- our roots going back to the Floyd, Virginia potters. Brian apprenticed with Silvie Granatelli and I with Donna Polseno and Richard Hensley.

My main goal was to hear all about the podcast, the origin of it, the perks, and the process....

After grad school, Brian began his life in Portland, Oregon with a job as meter-reader for gas company. With daily listening to comedy podcasts he began listening to Mark Maron's podcast, WTF.  Marc's story was of stardom and unemployment but the real inspiration was  how he rebuilt his comedy career with his podcast. A solo mission. This helped to put things into perspective for Brian who calls himself a "pessimist by nature."

Brian's personal/economic relationship with Maron is ongoing- beginning with when he gave him a custom mug featuring a decal of Maron's cats. Now Maron buys batches of mugs and gifts them away exclusively to special guests. Morgan Sperlock directs the show, “A Day in The Life” in the 1st episode features Maron holding Brian's mug!

Brian was also looking at Ayumi Horie and the success of her website and Pots in Actionan on-going community project that documents how her pots are used.  One of Brians best attributes, and it is so clearly apparent, is honesty. He "wears the truth on sleeve no matter who talking to."  He spoke of the layers of things that one does and how the layers stack up into a "sandwich of identity". Questioning, conversing, researching, drawing, building, and making pots can all can be an intellectual exercise.

Something I appreciate most about the Jonescast is the diversity (within limits) of people he interviews and the insider's perspective.  Lisa Naples (potter), Jeff Guido (director of The Clay Studio), Simon Levin (potter), Garth Johnson (Craft-ivist), Chris Amundsen (American Craft Council Executive Director), Robbie Lobell (Cook on Clay), are a few of the individuals he has interviewed. In a way he is stacking up the interviews into a "sandwich of possibilities", and when the sandwich is cut, we can identify each layer as an approach to success in the field.


Views: 96

Latest Activity

Jennifer Marcson posted photos
13 hours ago
Liz Steiner replied to Liz Steiner's discussion Halstead Design Challenge in the group SNAG
"Thanks Brigitte! I think you should be allowed to have a kit and make a piece, just for fun! Damn ethics indeed! Thanks too for that brief re-cap of the rules. I knew we had to use a certain percentage of the kit, but hadn't had a chance to to…"
13 hours ago
Brigitte Martin replied to Liz Steiner's discussion Halstead Design Challenge in the group SNAG
"Images of these kits have been popping up online in lots of places, I am very glad to see how excited people are about this project and the kit. I am one of the organizers of the project together with Hilary Halstead Scott and Sam Skelton so,…"
15 hours ago
Brigitte Martin liked Liz Steiner's discussion Halstead Design Challenge
15 hours ago
Liz Steiner added a discussion to the group SNAG

Halstead Design Challenge

So, I was lucky enough to snag one of this year's …See More
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"Find handcrafted originality at Scotland's newest craft fair! Join us next week at Handmade Edinburgh and be inspired by beautiful handcrafted pieces for you and your home. Celebrate the best of contemporary design & crafts and enjoy a…"
Rebecca Skeels commented on Rebecca Skeels's group The Association for Contemporary Jewellery
"Jewellery FocusThe New Ashgate Gallery has a wealth of beautiful jewellery currently on display – all available for you to try on and buy for yourself or as a very special designer-made gift.Our upstairs gallery is full of fabulous creations…"


  • Add Videos
  • View All

Masthead Credits

Jason Kishell, "Smug Mug"


Get the book on Amazon!

What happens when professional craft artists are allowed to let loose when they get to explore their mischievous and irreverent sides? Find out in this groundbreaking book, which, for the very first time, reveals an entirely different side of serious craft. Hundreds of images and essays from all over the world allow you to gain insight into the creative minds of contemporary artists like never before.

A variety of traditional craft media are shown, such as furniture, ceramics, glass, fiber, jewelry, and metal, as well as a number of unique, nontraditional techniques. Even a bus shelter in London gets a creative make-over that is sure to make you smile!

The topics range from the playful to the serious, but the message is always most enjoyable. Humor in Craft is a treasure trove for craft aficionados and humor enthusiasts alike.

More information about the book, exhibitions, press and other hurrahs here.

WINNER GOLD MEDAL, 2013 Independent Publisher Book Awards

FINALIST, 2012 USA Best Book Awards

© 2016   Created by Brigitte Martin.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service