March 3, 2016
Stories from unique creative talents
Matt Raw is a leading ceramic artist, recently returned from a six month residency at the V&A Museum. Quodo caught up with him in his Haggerston Studio to discuss his love of working with clay, how he got into ceramics in the first place, and how he’d love to have a good chinwag with William Morris. Check out Matt’s Quodo profile.
How did you first discover ceramics?
Both of my parents taught art, so I was encouraged to be creative from an early age. But it was at university that I first discovered ceramics, which has become my passion ever since. I did my Bachelor’s degree at the University of Brighton in Wood, Metal, Ceramics & Plastics.
What is it about ceramics that you love?
I love the immediacy of the material. More than anything I enjoy letting the clay move and express itself through my designs.
What did you do before ceramics full time?
I was at university. After my Bachelor’s at Brighton I studied for my Masters at the Royal College of Art. I’ve been a ceramic artist ever since.
Who is your ceramics hero?
It has to be an artist called Stephen Dixon (website). His pieces are layered with meaning and techniques. He was crucial in my early development, and I have since got to know him… and he’s a top guy!
If you could create an artwork for one person who would it be? And why?
Good question! I would make a piece of work for William Morris to spark a conversation between us about the differences and similarities of British society of today and his time.
What’s your best top tip for pottery and ceramics enthusiasts?
Surround yourself with others – additional makers are key to share with, bounce off and stay motivated.
Matt is giving a introduction to ceramics course on Quodo starting Monday 14th September. Spaces are available to book now – £100 per person for three two-hour workshops, all materials (and a glass or two of wine!) included.
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