Matthew Blakely

Matthew’s work explores the links between ceramics and geology and place, making pieces entirely from geological samples that he has collected from specific locations around the country, and that illustrate the ceramic qualities inherent in these materials.

He was born in the UK and had no contact with clay growing up. Matthew was introduced to clay at evening classes while at university, which he enjoyed far more than his degree in medicine. Later he worked in a pottery workshop at a Steiner residential home, then attended evening classes at Bondi beach in Australia, having emigrated there in 1988. He graduated in ceramics from the National Art School in Sydney and was awarded the State Medal in 1993.

Function is important to Matthew because it influences the way a pot will be appreciated. He makes pots that are beautiful visually and physically, and that are a pleasure to use. Often certain qualities present in the pot are quite subtle and will not be discovered easily or quickly.

Work is produced in three or four-month periods, the time it takes to prepare clays and rocks, make pots, glaze, pack, and fire his kiln. Clays have to be crushed and prepared. He makes his own grogs and crushes and mills all the rocks for his glazes. This is very time consuming but it has become extremely important to him that he is involved in the whole process of making.

Matthew Blakely
Teabowl MB280Y282
£90.00 £81.15 outside the UK

PRODUCT CODE:MB280Y282

Matthew Blakely
Teabowl MB280Y279
£90.00 £81.15 outside the UK

PRODUCT CODE:MB280Y279

Matthew Blakely
Medium Bottle MB280Y274
£146.00 £131.65 outside the UK

PRODUCT CODE:MB280Y274

Matthew Blakely
Teabowl MB280Y280
£90.00 £81.15 outside the UK

PRODUCT CODE:MB280Y280

Matthew Blakely
Teabowl MB280Y277
£90.00 £81.15 outside the UK

PRODUCT CODE:MB280Y277

Matthew Blakely
Dartmoor Rugged Sphere MB280Y276
£549.00 £495.04 outside the UK

PRODUCT CODE:MB280Y276

Matthew Blakely
Teabowl MB280Y281
£90.00 £81.15 outside the UK

PRODUCT CODE:MB280Y281

Matthew Blakely
Teabowl MB280Y278
£90.00 £81.15 outside the UK

PRODUCT CODE:MB280Y278

Matthew Blakely
Aberdeen Granite Bottle Small MB280Y273
£115.00 £103.70 outside the UK

PRODUCT CODE:MB280Y273

Matthew Blakely
Aberdeen Granite Bottle Small MB280Y272
£115.00 £103.70 outside the UK

PRODUCT CODE:MB280Y272

Matthew Blakely
Dartmoor Rugged Sphere MB280Y275
£549.00 £495.04 outside the UK

PRODUCT CODE:MB280Y275

Matthew Blakely
Aberdeen Granite Bottle Small MB280Y271
£115.00 £103.70 outside the UK

PRODUCT CODE:MB280Y271

Matthew Blakely
Cumbria Bowl MB280Y269
£366.00 £330.03 outside the UK

PRODUCT CODE:MB280Y269

Matthew Blakely
Cumbria Bowl MB280Y268
£366.00 £330.03 outside the UK

PRODUCT CODE:MB280Y268

Matthew Blakely
Eskdale moon MB280Y261
£610.00 £550.05 outside the UK

PRODUCT CODE:MB280Y261

Matthew Blakely
Granite Moon MB280Y255
£1,952.00 £1,760.14 outside the UK

PRODUCT CODE:MB280Y255

Matthew Blakely
Blue Cumbria Moon MB280Y256
£1,708.00 £1,540.13 outside the UK

PRODUCT CODE:MB280Y256

Matthew Blakely
Aberdeen Moon MB280Y265
£549.00 £495.04 outside the UK

PRODUCT CODE:MB280Y265

Matthew Blakely
Galloway Bowl MB280Y251
£366.00 £330.03 outside the UK

PRODUCT CODE:MB280Y251

Matthew Blakely
Cumbria jar MB280Y247
£854.00 £770.06 outside the UK

PRODUCT CODE:MB280Y247

Matthew Blakely
galloway jar MB280Y246
£549.00 £495.04 outside the UK

PRODUCT CODE:MB280Y246

Matthew Blakely
Cumbria small sphere MB280Y244
£268.00 £241.66 outside the UK

PRODUCT CODE:MB280Y244

Matthew Blakely
Blue Dartmoor Moon MB280Y259
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PRODUCT CODE:MB280Y259