Today on the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast I have an interview with Matt Fiske. His sleek pottery forms are glazed with raw materials he collects during hiking expeditions. With a family history in mining, Fiske has developed a process of acquiring and processing parent rocks into raw glaze materials. In our interview, we talk about his geology-heavy ceramic practice, developing a playful spirit with empirical testing, and determining the price for objects that require excessive labor. To see examples of his work please visit www.mattfiske.com. To read more about his research visit his blog at www.mattfiske.wordpress.com.

This episode of the Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Podcast is sponsored by “To Contain and To Serve.” This multimedia exhibition features the work of ceramic artist Forrest Middelton and Calligrapher Arash Shirinbab. The two award-winning artists have been collaborating for the past 2 years to explore the interplay of hospitality, morality and justice in contemporary cultural landscapes. The resulting series of calligraphy-inscribed ceramics draw from varied aesthetic influences including the Persian ‘Nishapur’ tradition and the writings of Syrian refugees on Twitter. The exhibition is held at the Islamic Cultural Center of Northern California, in Oakland and runs from October 28 to November 24. For more information please visit www.containandserve.com.

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