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Hello Atelier | The Podcast About Working Artists

First Episodes Kick Off Partnership with a Bang of a Modern Quilter and Zombie-Loving Ceramicist

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Flatland has teamed up with Hello Atelier, a Kansas City-based podcast that explores what it means to be a working artist. Hosted by Betsy Blodgett, the weekly podcast takes you into to the studios of designers of all different mediums to learn about their inspiration, their design process and the personal stories behind their art. Hello Atelier is presented by Phonicalia, a local independent podcast production company. Look for a new episode here on Wednesdays through November.  

Episode 1

In Hello Atelier’s first episode, host Betsy Blodgett talks to Jacquie Gering, a leader in the modern quilting movement. Gering has played a pivotal role in developing the Modern Quilt Guild into an international organization, and is a powerful ambassador for the modern quilt aesthetic. She’s the  author of “Quilting Modern: Techniques and Projects for Improvisational Quilts,” and her work has been featured in a number of other quilting books and sewing publications.

Bang quilt. (Photo courtesy of Jacquie Gering)

Aftermath quilt. (Photo courtesy of Hello Atelier)

Quilts stored in Jacquie Gering's custom closet. (Photo courtesy of Hello Atelier)

Yoda oversees the studio. (Photo courtesy of Hello Atelier)

A quilt in progress. (Photo courtesy of Hello Atelier)

Jacquie Gering's fabric stash. (Photo courtesy of Hello Atelier)

The Brother sewing machine in Gering's studio. (Photo courtesy of Hello Atelier)

Detail of quilt stitching. (Photo courtesy of Hello Atelier)

Host Betsy Blodgett records the podcast with guest Jacquie Gering. (Photo courtesy of Hello Atelier)


Episode 2

In the second episode, Hello Atelier sits with Meredith Host, a ceramicist and full time studio potter. We discuss how Host’s love of horror movies has influenced her work and inspired a series she once called “a playful penchant for the bizarre.” Listen in to find out what is inspiring her work these days (hint: you can find it in your bathroom!) and her strategies for maintaining a thriving ceramics business.

Kilns at Meredith Host studio. (Photo courtesy of Hello Atelier)

Pottery pieces waiting to be glazed. (Photo courtesy of Hello Atelier)

Finished mugs and cups. (Photo courtesy of Hello Atelier)

Decals waiting to decorate Folded Pigs dinnerware. (Photo courtesy of Hello Atelier)

Bud vases. (Photo courtesy of Hello Atelier)

Clay hardening in molds to make cups. (Photo courtesy of Hello Atelier)

Bowls waiting for their color. (Photo courtesy of Hello Atelier)

Ceramic mouse poo decorates the rim of a plate in Meredith's Residue series. (Photo courtesy of Meredith Host)

Meredith Host's cavity cups. (Photo courtesy of Meredith Host)

Find Hello Atelier’s podcast on iTunes or at the Phonicalia Media Productions website.

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