What fun, I got to talk with two excellent makers and thinkers in episode 3 of Talking Clay my burgening series on CLAYflicks: I sat down with Pete Pinnell and John Neely to talk tea, and drink tea. In addition to being impeccable makers, Pete, a professor at University of Nebraska, Lincoln, and John, a professor at Utah State University, have both extensively studied the art of tea and teapot making.

In episode 5 of Talking Clay I got to interview a clay couple who are both educators and makers. Tyler Lotz and Erin Ferimsky and I played the Oldlywed game and got to know each other better. This is a fun one. As an interviewer I realize one of my strengths is my silliness. Check it out on ClayFlicks.

This clip was excerpted from the first episode of Talking Clay: Perspectives on a Passion, which is available on the Ceramics Arts Network streaming video service ClayFlicks.

2013 Fulbright Video of Simon Levin's passions is a search for cultural identity. He believes indigenous clay is a metaphor for the malleable foundation upon which we respond to the world. Simon's Fulbright journey has lead him to dig, process, test and explore the properties of domestic clay in the U.S.

 

Fulbright

In 2013, I went to Taiwan as a Fulbright Senior Scholar.  They produced this video of my work there.

 
Sept 2016 Utilitarian Clay Symposium, at Arrowmont School. Each presenter brought their favorite pot, to talk about. I brought my Ayumi Horie mug.
A part of a conversation with Clary Illain, lifelong potter, former apprentice to Bernard Leach, and writer. Clary is the author of "A Potter's Workbook." The Japanese governement identifies specific people as national living treasures. The more direct translation is preserver of important intangible cultural properties. Clary is truly this.

Stop Motion

My process is slow.  There are lots of details involved, and though this allows for great conversation, it translates well to stop motion video.

The April 30th Unloading of the Mill Creek Pottery Cross draft Kiln. This was the 30th firing of this kiln built by in 1999 by Simon Levin. Potters involved in this firing were Simon Levin, Matt Bukrey, John Glabus, Jon Vigelund, and Dick Cooter. Over 320 pots were fired in this 3 day wood firing.