idea culture interviews

Collection of interviewees. Insights from Warren MacKenzie, Kathleen Crocetti, Robert Margolis, Charlie & Maria Girsch, Walter Martinez, John Stoddard, Karen Theussen Massaro, Patrick Merrill, Brian Miller, Mary Alice Copp, Felipe Ortega, Michael Leeds, Jen Sincero and Barrington McLean. These interviews were published on the Muse DVD periodical, which is the source material for idea culture. All the original finished interviews for the Muse are approximately 10 minutes, but they are shortened here on idea culture for a quickie insighting snapshot.

Anyone who has spent time with Warren MacKenzie, reknowned potter and Professor Emeritus of the University of Minnesota, is witness to a gracious and eloquent man.

He has a remarkable perspective on the growth of American functional pottery and a far-reaching impact on its reawakening since the early 1950’s.

Mary Alice Copp says that painting someone’s image requires a “partnership of trust” that is not necessary in painting still-life subjects or landscapes. “No one will question how many branches a tree has, but entrusting an artist with one’s image is quite another story.”
Her work is included in many significant private and corporate collections.
This interview was published on issue #7 of the Muse DVD periodical in ’09. All the original finished interviews for the Muse are approximately 10 minutes, and here you get the full length.

What a pleasure to sit down and talk with Barrington McLean, who is certainly an artist’s artist. Besides being a master sculptor and mold maker, he is a musician, inventor, painter, printmaker, woodcarver, teacher, and on.
From his early indoctrination as a 5-year-old amongst the Carnivale mask-makers in Panama through his remarkable arts education and up to today, his perspective of being true to the creative voice is evident in this conversation with him.

This is from my original interview with Jen Sincero, presented here on idea culture for your enjoyment. Jen, an ex-New Yorker now living in Venice Beach, Ca. is a sex advice columnist,  novelist, motivational cattleprod and ex-punk band musician. That’s her voice and guitar in the background. Have a look at: http://www.jensincero.com/and here is her blog on my fave blogspot, Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jen-sincero

This interview was published on issue #5 of the Muse DVD periodical back in ’08. All the original finished interviews for the Muse are approximately 10 minutes, but they are shortened here on idea culture for a quickie insighting snapshot.

Jacqueline Burgess from Oakland, California has been teaching jazz dance to the Gauchos of El Cerrito High School for 34 years. How this nurtures the students is so important because of the dedication and familial respect they practice here. She fosters a safe space for these teenagers to discover their own potential and to take their dance to challenging and beautiful places.

Her perfectionism is legendary, and yet what she finds the most important is not about perfect technique but that the students give it their all.

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