Holly Fisher

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Industry Arts
Occupation Artist, Blacksmith, Teacher,
Location Kalamazoo!, Michigan!, United States
Introduction Holly Fisher was born and raised in Marshalltown, Iowa. She received her BFA in Sculpture from Truman State University in 1992. In 1995, she completed her graduate studies at The University of Montana, Missoula, receiving her MFA in Sculpture. Holly has lived and worked as an artist in Kalamazoo, Michigan since 1995. She is the founder of SmartShop and serves as Program Director for SmartShop Metal Arts Center. As a teacher and mentor, Holly recognizes the importance of fostering each individual’s artistic nature and providing her students with the knowledge and skills to strive for more informed works of art. When creating her own artwork she studies traditional blacksmithing techniques and employs them to create contemporary objects. She picks her forms from the things that she loves; horses, coal mines, plants, and the vast wonders of the natural world. When asked about her work and her medium, Holly emphatically states “I am constantly inspired by the natural world and strive to create lasting tributes in forged steel. I place my artistic focus on craftsmanship, character, beauty, and innovation, which makes for daily revelations and challenging yet fulfilling work.”
Interests Blacksmithing, coal, hammers, anvils, SmartShop Metal Arts center, The Metal Museum, fly presses, fire, power hammers, refractory, alternate energy sources, survival, dogs, horses, Al Gore, JC Christy, Smartshop, The German Language, Gorilla Marketing, Living gracefully.
Favorite Movies Death Proof, Rooster Cogburn, HUD, Dodgeball, Talledega Nights, Jackpot
Favorite Music Junior Brown, State Crime, Ramones, Lucinda Williams, Johnny Cash, Black Keys
Favorite Books All Creatures Great and Small, The Executioner's Song, Devil in The Lost City, Thirteen Moons

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