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 often lecture on my work at various events in the UK, Japan, Europe, Australia and the USA. I have exhibited in many selected exhibitions in the UK and overseas. I have had solo Exhibitions in England, Scotland and Europe and have exhibited worldwide. 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.