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In this episode of Talking Clay, Simon Levin sits down with Neil Celani and Didem Mert. Didem and Neil are two young artists who took different paths but who both have built very successful careers. The three discuss graduate school, social media, and the exciting ways the clay world is evolving in the digital age. It's a great episode for anyone coming up in the ceramics world!

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Simon Levin has been working in clay since 1990, when an elective ceramics course in college changed the direction of his life, leading to an MA and an MFA from the University of Iowa. He is a fulltime studio potter working exclusively with wood firing. His work is exhibited internationally, and appears in several contemporary ceramics books. Simon is a writer for many ceramics journals, and in 2013 he traveled to Taiwan as a Senior Fulbright Scholar researching local materials. He has built wood-fire kilns for colleges and universities in the US, Taiwan, and China. His apprenticeship program has trained and influenced 17 young potters since 2005. A resident of Wisconsin for 18 years, Simon has recently moved to Pawnee, Illinois, where he is currently reestablishing his pottery business. To learn more about Simon Levin and see more images of his work, please visit Didem Mert was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. She earned a BFA in ceramics from Northern Kentucky Uni-versity in 2014, and an MFA in ceramics from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2017. Didem has exhibited nationally and has been published in Ceramics Monthly and Architectural Digest, and was featured on the cover of Pottery Making Illustrated. Didem is currently a studio artist and an instructor at Queen City Clay and Baker Hunt Art and Cultural Center in Cincinnati. To learn more about Didem Mert and see more images of her work, please visit
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