Greetings from...Evening Waters Pottery in Hartford, my ceramics studio, I'm Matthew. I make and sell tableware, including sets of dinner plates, as well as special pieces for the home. All my work, - throwing, glazing and firing is done in house. My life revolves around my studio in Hartford. I live not far, and I'm always taking inspiration from the city. The studio in Parkville is a space I enjoy, and appreciate. It seems to fill me with a sense of tender determination, of my world, and the world around me. Through my big picture windows on the 2nd floor, in each of the changing seasons, I'm endlessly noticing the gradual and sweet harmony of this life. Of the work I'm doing, with, and along side some private moments of reflection, and realization. I'm always happy to arrive, pause for a moment, relax, and sit for a cup of tea... before I begin the day. Being with my work in the space allows me to (fully) take in the day, the week, or the current project I'm working on.
Please feel free to stop by and say hello.
and the pursuit...
I see myself as a sculptor of abstract form and design, as much as a potter of wheel thrown pieces for table and home. I am a creator and conceiver ...of emotions, and thought. I equally enjoy the elements of the unknown, pushing the limits of the clay in sculpture, …as much as wheel thrown forms with lines and curves which create and define our everyday life.
I have worked for 9 years as a ceramic artist. When I’m throwing, I’m always thinking in my minds eye about the next sculpture I’ll be working on. And the opposite holds true as well. When I’m sculpting a form, my thoughts go to ideas for sets of dinner plates, or sets of bowls. The interplay of this regulation of thought and sight, is what truly captivates me these days.
Beyond the back and forth there is always a type of “creative composition,” running. Through this, I’m finding new insights, variations on themes, and even resemblance's in the different work. The end result is that my spirit finds a type of it’s own origination in a creative and aesthetic energy stream. The unraveling flow is a lively, busy excitement, constantly circulating through my studio space. In all the projects I do I try and hold onto the greatness of the material. The clay itself, its texture and weight, are always central, and at the heart of my work.