Folk Arts Podcast

The Beauty of Folk Arts podcast is brought to you by Traditional Arts Indiana at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures in Bloomington, IN. This podcast features interviews and discussions conducted by TAI director Jon Kay, as he sits with artists from all over the state to discuss the past, present, and future of their traditional practices. Many of these recordings come from the various events and exhibitions put on by TAI and the MMWC in collaboration with Indiana University.

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BFA12: The Beauty of Folk Arts with Ed Kirschner

Ed Kirschner in his studio.   
The Beauty of Folk Arts podcast is brought to you by Traditional Arts Indiana (TAI) at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures in Bloomington. This podcast features director of Traditional Arts Indiana, Jon Kay, and his graduate assistant Dom Tartaglia, interviewing the late Ed Kirschner, owner of The Creche Shop in Oldenburg, Indiana. Ed discusses how he makes his handmade nativity stables and the significance of nativities scenes both in his own life and in his hometown of Oldenburg.   

BFA11: The Beauty of Folk Arts with Jerome Sanderson

Fr. Jerome Sanderson in his studio.  
The Beauty of Folk Arts podcast is brought to you by Traditional Arts Indiana (TAI) at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures in Bloomington. This podcast features a recording from the 2015 Lotus World Arts and Music Festival and features director of Traditional Arts Indiana, Jon Kay, conducting a narrative stage event with wood carver and icon maker, Father Jerome Sanderson. Father Sanderson discusses how he began making icons, the religious meaning of an icon, and the significance of icons for him personally.   This podcast was recorded in front of a live audience at an outdoor event.

BFA10: The Beauty of Folk Arts with Viki Graber

Viki Graber’s basket weaving  
The Beauty of Folk Arts podcast is brought to you by Traditional Arts Indiana (TAI) at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures in Bloomington. This podcast features a recording from the 2015 Lotus World Arts and Music Festival in Bloomington and features director of Traditional Arts Indiana, Jon Kay, conducting a narrative stage event with willow basket maker Viki Graber. Vicki discusses her family’s tradition, her innovations on that tradition, and the creative process.  

BFA09: The Beauty of Folk Arts with Indiana Limestone Carvers

Amy Brier teaches TAI staff member Mathilde how to hold limestone carving tools.  
This episode of The Beauty of Folk Arts podcast features a recorded interview by Jon Kay as he speaks with Indiana limestone carvers and industry workers Matt Bruce, Casey Winningham, Amy Brier, Will Galloway, Kent Todd, and Scott Todd. In September of 2015, the Mathers Museum of World Cultures and Traditional Arts Indiana hosted The Art of Limestone program to celebrate Indiana’s rich stone carving traditions. This interview is a recording of the narrative stage that took place at the event. In this moving and funny episode, Matt, Casey, Amy, Will, Kent, and Scott discuss the importance of limestone to Indiana and what it means to be able to work in the limestone industry as carvers and artisans.    

BFA08: the Beauty of Folk Arts with Glen Summers and Bill Poynter

Glen Summers hewing a bowl.
The Beauty of Folk Arts podcast is brought to you by Traditional Arts Indiana (TAI) at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures in Bloomington. This podcast features a recording from the 2015 Chautauqua at the Shades State Park and features director of Traditional Arts Indiana, Jon Kay, conducting a narrative stage event with cane maker Bill Poynter and bowl hewer Glen Summers. Bill and Glenn discuss how they started in their respective crafts, the communal significance of traditional crafts, and the importance of handmade things.  

BFA07: The Beauty of Folk Arts with Weaver Marcos Bautista

Marcos Bautista standing in front of his woven rugs and bags.  
The Beauty of Folk Arts podcast is brought to you by Traditional Arts Indiana at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures in Bloomington. This podcast features an interview with Zapotec weaver Marcos Bautista by TAI director Jon Kay. In this episode, Marcos discusses his family profession of weaving in Mexico and in Indiana. Marcos and Jon are joined by IU Anthropology Professor, Anya Royce. This interview was recorded in front of a live audience at the Mathers Museum in Bloomington, IN.  

BFA06: The Beauty of Folk Arts with Instrument Makers Bruce Taggart and Clint Bear

A few young violin players talk with Bruce Taggart about his instruments.  
The Beauty of Folk Arts podcast is brought to you by Traditional Arts Indiana (TAI) at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures in Bloomington. This podcast features an interview with instruments makers Bruce Taggart and Clint Bear by TAI director Jon Kay. In this episode, Bruce and Clint discuss the paths they took to become skilled in their crafts, the many musical and traditions they have engaged with throughout the years, and the techniques and materials unique to their craft, This interview was recorded live at the 2016 Lotus World Music and Arts Festival in Bloomington, Indiana.  

BFA05: The Beauty of Folk Arts with Potter Tom Wintczak

Tom Wintczak decorates bowl at the Mathers Musuem of World Cultures.  
The Beauty of Folk Arts podcast is brought to you by Traditional Arts Indiana (TAI) at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures in Bloomington. This podcast features an interview with Potter Tom Wintczak by TAI director Jon Kay. In this episode, Tom talks with Jon about the history of his hometown, New Harmony, Indiana, his home studio, the process of making pottery, and how he transitioned from a career in business to working full-time as a potter. This interview was recorded live during a narrative stage with Tom as a part of Indiana University’s Themester programming on beauty.  

BFA04: The Beauty of Folk Arts with Instrument Makers Bill Berg and Tony Artis

Drum maker Tony Artis teaches a girl some drumming techniques.  
Bill Berg plays one of his dulcimers for a visitor.  
The Beauty of Folk Arts podcast is brought to you by Traditional Arts Indiana (TAI) at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures. This podcast features an interview with dulcimer maker Bill Berg and  drum maker Tony Artis by TAI director Jon Kay. In this episode, Bill and Tony discuss how they began making instruments, their building processes, passing on their traditions, and the communal significance of their respective crafts.  

BFA03: The Beauty of Folk Arts with Bowl Hewer Keith Ruble and Weaver Dee Nierman

Keith Ruble at work on an Indiana shaped bowl.  
Dee Nierman with family member displaying wool rugs.  
The Beauty of Folk Arts podcast is brought to you by Traditional Arts Indiana (TAI) at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures. This podcast features an interview of bowl hewer Keith Ruble and fourth generation weaver Dee Nierman by TAI director Jon Kay. In this episode Keith and Dee discuss how they learned their craft, the significance of their craft for their families and communities in past times, and the importance that practical, hands-on creativity has for the present and future.  

BFA02: The Beauty of Folk Arts with Psyanky Maker Carol Powers and Rosemaler Jan Boettcher

Carol Power’s psyanky eggs.  
Jan Boettcher’s rosemaling pieces.   
The Beauty of Folk Arts podcast is brought to you by Traditional Arts Indiana (TAI) at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures. This podcast features an interview of pysanky maker Carol Powers and rosemaler Jan Boettcher by TAI director Jon Kay. In this episode Jan and Carol discuss how they learned about their crafts, the importance of arts education, and teaching their tradition to future generations.    

BFA01: The Beauty of Folk Arts with Netmaker Larry Haycraft

Larry Haycraft weaves a hoopnet.  
The Beauty of Folk Arts podcast is brought to you by Traditional Arts Indiana (TAI) at the Mathers Museum of World Cultures. This podcast features an interview of netmaker Larry Haycraft by TAI director Jon Kay. In this episode Larry Haycraft discusses his family’s tradition of making hoopnets used for fishing. He addresses the changes and innovation in his craft over time as well as the importance of the continuation of the tradition.  The music featured in this episode is from the album A Night at the Grind by Jon Kay.