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Clay Talks! with Matt Jones
May 5, 2016 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Please join us for a presentation by Matt Jones, a potter in Leceister, NC, and a participant in the center’s current exhibition, “Flower Power: Pottery and Plants.” Matt’s slide talk will focus on his work, process, and inspiration.
Matt was born in Minnesota but raised in Wilmington, NC, and Charleston, SC. After taking a pottery class in college, he opted to become an art major; after graduation, he served as an apprentice to Todd Piker in Cornwall, CT, and Mark Hewitt in Pittsboro, NC. In 1998, Matt built his pottery and kilns in Leicester’s Big Sandy Mush Valley, and has been continuously producing work since then. He has several pieces in the Mint Museum’s permanent collection and has participated in shows and exhibitions throughout North Carolina.
“All potters struggle to find a balance between form and function, but that is just the tip of the iceberg. Pottery can be a full education. From aesthetics to geology, history, anthropology and philosophy, pottery can lead us to a deeper understanding of ourselves and the world we inhabit.,” Matt says. “I am proud to make strong, functional wares out of locally dug clay, walking the tightrope between our cultural past and twenty-first-century tastes. I mine and process most of my own glaze materials and borrow aesthetic concepts and techniques from around the world. My best work is simultaneously humble and dynamic.”
A potluck at 6 pm will begin the evening’s events, followed by the slide talk at 7 pm. Come out for a great night of food and community!
Location: The NCPC Educational Building located behind the North Carolina Pottery Center
This presentation is free and open to the public. This ongoing lecture series is facilitated by Josh Floyd, the Artist-in-Residence at the Pottery Center.