Ben Carter is a studio potter, workshop leader, and social media enthusiast based in Santa Cruz, CA. He received his BFA in ceramics/painting from Appalachian State University, and his MFA in ceramics from the University of Florida. His professional experience includes being an artist-in-residence at the Odyssey Center for Ceramic Art in Asheville, NC, as well as Anderson Ranch Arts Center in Snowmass, CO, the Archie Bray Foundation in Helena, MT, and the Ceramic Research Center Guldagergaard in Skelskor, Denmark.
From 2010-2012 he served as the Education Director of the Pottery Workshop in Shanghai, China. He has lectured and presented workshops at universities and craft centers in the United States, Canada, China, Australia, and New Zealand. He has exhibited internationally in numerous invitational and juried shows. Carter was recently named the 2016 Ceramic Artist of the Year for Ceramics Monthly and Pottery Making Illustrated.
“In 2009 I started the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler blog to document my travels and life in the studio. Writing about my experiences is an invaluable tool for understanding the world around me. In 2012 I started the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler podcast so that I could interview other artists about their craft, creativity, and lifestyle. My engagement with the ceramic world through the blog, podcast, and social media has become a core part of my creative practice.”