Originally trained as a carpenter, Mathew comes from a family of skilled craftsmen and craftswomen. A chance encounter with a handmade pot in a friend’s kitchen led him to the pottery studio and to a new way of working with his hands. Mathew spent three years working as apprentice to Mark Shapiro and one year as an artist-in-residence at the Kansas City Clay Guild before establishing his own studio in Comer, Georgia.
"I never set out to be a potter - I fell in love with a material and one thing led to another. Now that I find myself here though, I live with gratitude and joy. Coming from a family of accomplished makers, my work is rooted in function. A recent switch to soda fired earthenware aligns my practice more with core beliefs I hold about sustainability. The change in material and firing temperature has also opened new doors technically and aesthetically. In this day and age making ceramic objects by hand seems almost frivolous. That there is room for them at all is amazing, and to be working with a living material in a time-honored craft that meets people’s daily needs is its own reward."