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Red Lodge Potter Mines for Inspiration

Billings Gazette Monday, Mar. 20, 2017

Matt Fiske is a modern-day alchemist. ... The resident potter with the Red Lodge Clay Center mixes disparate personal interests - geology, technology, art history and ceramics - with finely ground stone he sources during rock hound expeditions to make glazes that fuse art with science. ... Combined with his curiosity, the artist’s willingness to immerse himself in pottery processes and document the details via a blog earned him a full-ride master’s scholarship in ceramics to Utah State University. Fiske is the first art major to receive a STEM scholarship from USU, according to the university’s website. ... At Utah State, Fiske learned how to use a scanning electron microscope to examine materials and glazes at nanoscale; he then scanned and printed the images for his final show.

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