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. Finished with integral colour, unglazed but polished, each piece expresses an abstract beauty through its formal qualities of depth, pattern, and repetition.
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 Royal Academy of Arts in London, 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 Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge, the National Museums Scotland, the Musee Ariana in Geneva, and the Sévres Museum Paris.
“Many of the works in the exhibition will be made using a new, almost reverse process to my usual technique. For years I’ve been using a technique mainly constructing the forms from the outside-in, and in this new body they’re built from the inside-out. Also for many years now my forms have been focused a lot on intricacy by working with many tight layers and often deep or widely contrasting colours. These new works will have wider and less internal layers than those works, with more space underneath and around each and the colours more pastel and subtle. It’s a conscious decision to try to bring a greater sense of calm and serenity in the forms.” – Matthew Chambers
Ashley Howard is an award winning ceramic artist and dedicated teacher creating porcelain vessels informed by Far-Eastern and homespun pottery traditions.
Sue Hanna and Antonia Salmon are both renowned for their ceramic sculptures, their individual careers have lead their works to be displayed, and held in collections, across the UK and internationally. Together their pieces are both unfamiliar and comforting with strong shapes, smoke fired surfaces and deliciously smooth edges a running theme throughout this striking collection.