Covid-19 update: We are pleased to announce that the gallery and shop on Great Russell Street re-opened on Wednesday 14th April. However, if you can’t visit us in person, you can still see the pieces in this exhibition and shop online – just scroll down. Keep an eye on our website or join our mailing list on the homepage for the latest updates and to be the first to hear about exhibitions.
Matthew Chambers is an internationally recognised ceramic artist creating mesmerising sculptures that draw the eye into the deepest depth of each piece.
Matthew specialises in sculptures constructed of multiple sections built on the potter’s wheel. Inspired by visual rhythm and the beautiful repetition he witnesses in his everyday life, from beautiful structures to patterns in nature, in this exhibition Matthew reveals works that have followed a process almost the reverse of his usual way of making.
The pieces in this collection have been constructed from the inside-out and focus on bringing a heightened sense of calm and serenity with increased space between layers in subtle shades and light pastel hues.
“The mystery in the construction which often seems to grab people was never fully on my mind when I began this idea, but I always enjoy seeing the wonder in the faces of people as they experience them for the first time. Along with trying to express beauty, I also consciously focus in on this when making to keep the mystery alive and the experience intact.”
Beginning his career in 1993, as an assistant potter to Philip Wood in Somerset, UK, Matthew went on to gain a 1st class degree from Bath School of Art, and a Masters from the Royal College of Art in London, graduating in 2004. Now working on the Isle of Wight, his work has been exhibited worldwide including the Victoria and Albert Museum, the World Ceramic Centre, Korea and Homo Faber in Venice. Matthew’s work is also held in many public and private collections worldwide with museums including the National Museums Scotland, the Musee Ariana in Geneva, and the Sévres Museum Paris.
Our “New Members” exhibition is packed with inspired works blurring the lines between art and craft. Showcasing something for each artistic taste; from the likes of Gail Altschuler, timeless simplicity by Jennifer Amon and Verity Howard’s sculptural pieces. The wide array of display also includes complex pieces from Timothy Copsey, red stone clay improvisational music inspired work of Julian King-Salter, domestic objects by Francis Lloyd-Jones balancing between looseness and definition, to a more contemporary storytelling through figurative ceramics by Craig Mitchell, and narrative visual fragments by Carolyn Tripp.