Potters in Print
In 2005, Mark organized and moderated a panel on apprenticeship at NCECA, with the hope of encouraging more young potters to consider this way of getting a clay education—and more established potters to take on apprentices. What follows are some of this thoughts at the time. He also gathered some information about other apprenticeships and asked Michael McCarthy and Maya Machin, at the time his most recent past apprentice and his current one, to reflect on their experiencewith him.
Mark’s work on A Chosen Path grew out of his interest in thinking about the lives of fellow contemporary artists. To that end, he has conducted a number of interviews for the or the Archives of American Art's Nanette L. Laitman Documentation Project for Craft and Decorative Arts in America
Linda Sikora is one of our most thoughtful and articulate makers of functional pots. I talked to her at the end of 2002, after seeing her Ferrin Gallery exhibition that featured teapots and covered jars the previous summer.
This interview appeared in Studio Potter 32.2 (June 2004)
The following oral history transcript is the result of a tape-recorded interview with Michael Simon on September 27 and 28, 2005. The interview took place at the artist's home and studio in Colbert, Georgia.