Material Feels

Material Feels

A podcast exploring the intimate relationship between creatives and the material world.


September 19, 2022 14 min

Before you listen to this episode, try to be near something made of wood that means something to you, or simply feels nice. A piece of furniture or a hand-carved object works. The soundscape featured in this episode is also better listened to with company, so… get a listening buddy if you can! 

On June 4th and 5th of 2022, we exhibited an interactive installation of Material Feels, titled Conversations with the Material World, as a...

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Before you listen to this episode, sit with something made of glass that means something to you, or simply feels nice. And get a listening buddy if you can!

On June 4th and 5th of 2022, we exhibited an interactive installation of Material Feels, titled Conversations with the Material World, as a part of Sound Scene, at the Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C. The work features four sculptures, each accompanied ...

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Before you listen to this episode, find a piece of fabric that means something to you to hold while you listen. And get a listening buddy if you can!

On June 4th and 5th, we exhibited an interactive installation of Material Feels, titled Conversations with the Material World, as a part of Sound Scene, at the Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington D.C. The work features four sculptures, each accompanied by a narrated s...

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What material are you in love with? Share the story of your relationship with it with fellow Material Feelers.

Visit and leave me a voice memo. Be on the show in coming months and share the sonic stage!

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I share five stories from five creative "categories" of my life - creating an interactive art installation, exploring audiobook narration, building a studio in my garage, learning from my pottery students and my new obsession with volcanoes.

**And an exciting announcement! Material Feels is heading to D.C. in June for Sound Scene, an audio festival at the Smithsonian Hirschhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden. Visit www.soundsc...

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Today’s episode of Material Feels features a conversation with a fellow Bay Area podcaster, Pam Uzzell, creator of Art Heals All Wounds, a show about artists transforming lives with their work. Pam and I share our “why”: why we focus on the arts, and artists; why we believe so strongly in the power and impact of art education at any age.

We also invite listeners to support two arts organizations: 

Art In Action - https://artin...

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Material Feels turns two today! We reflect on the anniversary, acknowledge some feels regarding V-Day and focus on our feature: "A Brunch to Acknowledge Heartbreak," my interview on Shame Piñata, a show about creative rites of passage for real-life transitions, hosted by Colleen Thomas. I share a story of how I created a ceremony that helped me through a break-up. Listen to Shame Piñata wherever you get your podcasts! :)


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January 14, 2022 22 min

Explore the concept of "sister practices" with me. How can two different activities nurture one another? I spend time with writing and running, unpacking letter-writing as a craft and reflecting on trail-running as a creative process.

Listen to the music from Season 2, composed by Associate Producer Elizabeth de Lise, out on Spotify today!

Browse our Esty shop, Waveform Ceramics, follow the show on Instagram @materialfe...

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Join me for a mini-episode where we fixate on small things and big feelings. I talk about a recent exploration of a material that is new to me: a little self-discovery here and there, and a handful of lessons to take back to my main boo, (non-polymer) clay.

Visit the Material Feels Esty shop, Waveform Ceramics:

Follow the show on Instagram: @materialfeels

Support Material Feels on Patr...

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November 16, 2021 22 min

Oh, in my dreams, yes, there is a musical. But for now, Associate Producer Elizabeth de Lise and I go through Season 2 of Material Feels song by song, material by material. We talk about writing, using sound to conjure memory, and the inspiration Liz discovered within the time spent with our six guests and materials from 2021: time, paper, pigment, glass, story and ritual. Listen to the first song, "It Takes," on Spotify, o...

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Revisit clay with me for the wrap up of Season 2 of the show; I share what I’ve learned over the past year in the ceramic studio. We explore the properties of clay, the firing process and how plaster works for mold-making. And of course, the materials bring us deeper… to focus on personal growth, failure and patience. I also share some exciting news about my Etsy shop Waveform Ceramics and my newsletter, Rabbit Hole Buffet, two ong...

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Join me with ritualist and fellow podcaster Colleen Thomas in the realm of ritual-building. We explore how ritual and ceremony operate as a storytelling tool, a container for big emotions and a creative practice with a wide range of materials. This episode can get a little intense, and asks us to go to a vulnerable place. I discuss a range of mental health topics including suicidal ideation; coincidentally, this month is National S...

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August 19, 2021 16 min

Updates from a summer of firsts: the details on an artist residency with five non-binary sound sensitive pals, a tape sync for a revolutionary artist whose memory we all cherish, and a case of systemic poison ivy that doesn’t care about our production schedule.

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This mini reunion ep features all of our past Material Feels guests responding to the same question: what rituals do you associate with getting in a creative state of mind, working with your material or engaging with your creative practice? Producer Catherine Monahon also shares some exciting news about the Material Feels artist residency in Freehold, NY, and we go down a rabbit hole or two…

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We understand our selves and one another through stories, and there are so many materials we can use to express stories. What are your go-to tools? Join us for an interview with Philly-based storyteller Hillary Rea, where we delve into the materials she uses to tell stories on stage and work with clients through her business, Tell Me A Story: memory, voice and heart. We explore her relationship to memory, the versatility of voice a...

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Join us at Case For Making, an art supply shop with an in-house paint making workshop in the Outer Sunset neighborhood of San Francisco, where Alexis Joseph gives us a tour of how pigments are mulled into watercolor. We discuss creative fellowship that comes with the common ground of a particular material and explore the way watercolor pushes us out of our comfort zones and into creative play.

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Explore glass with Brooklyn-based glassblower Deborah Czeresko. Visit us in the hot shop and discover the magnetic pull of this ethereal material; we discuss love languages, how glassblowing can be empowering, the role of representation and how one’s voice can be a force for change. Photo by Ecindy Stein.

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We explore paper as a sculptural medium with San Francisco-based artist Zai Divecha. We discuss what the transition from metal to paper felt like as well as what kind of world Zai is conjuring with her creative practice.

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We continue our exploration of time as a material with Wells Fray-Smith, London gallerist and founder of the inquisitive, irreverent online community What The F*ck Is This. We discuss which emotions we make time for through the arts, and question how and why we interact with finished work.

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What is an artist residency, and who are they for? How has the pandemic impacted our sense of time? How is time a “material?” Slow down and learn from Alicia Toldi and Carolina Porras, the creators of Piney Wood Atlas, a catalogue of small, unconventional artist residencies throughout the United States.

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