Matthew Blakely
ceramics
Translucent, porcelain pots and wood-fired porcelain and stoneware made entirely from found British rocks and clays. Please park on Lode High St.
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I was born in the UK and in 1988 I went travelling around the world. In Australia I was granted residency and applied to study Ceramics at the National Art School in Sydney. I graduated in 1993 with distinction, winning the State Medal (NSW). In 1995 I moved out of Sydney to Beechwood on the mid-north coast of NSW. I built a large workshop, a gallery, an LPG kiln and a wood kiln. Having a variety of firing options and my own gallery provided a huge catalyst for the development of my work. I was able to explore a range of processes and techniques. I started working in porcelain and woodfired saltglaze. I was elected a professional member of the Potters Society of Australia and the Australian Craft Council. In 2002 I returned to the UK with my family to Lode, Cambridgeshire. I set up a new workshop and built new kilns. In 2003 I was elected a professional member of the Craft Potter's Association. I have been selling my work at various Ceramic Fairs in the UK and overseas, and galleries in the UK, France, Germany and Denmark. In 2006 I was offered the 21st Century Showcase at Manchester Art Gallery. I have lectured on my work at various events including the School of Ceramics and Glass at Bornholm, Denmark, and Manchester City Art Gallery. I have exhibited in many selected exhibitions in the UK and overseas. Solo Exhibitions include March 2007 and February 2008 at the Zimmerstewart Gallery in Arundel, and May 2008 at Beaux Arts in Bath. I am constantly exploring new directions and possibilities with form and glazes. Currently I am working with the interaction of glazes and form/surface during firing to produce runs, pools and drips, frozen in movement like a moment captured in time. I use a very high quality white translucent porcelain and have developed a range of pure fresh glazes that complement it perfectly. I have also built a woodfired kiln and am investigating the qualities this longer 'dirtier' firing imparts to the clays and glazes that I'm using. Great depths of surface are possible here and striking contrasts. I love the striking juxtaposition of a cool fresh celadon type glaze against the rich burnt orange of my woodfired porcelain. I have been fortunate enough to get an Arts Council Grant to spend 2011 developing new work.