MATT CALDER CERAMICS
Although I have been a ceramics enthusiast and collector for most of my working life, for the last 35 years I have concentrated on woodturning and sculpture. Throughout my woodworking career my pieces have in the most part been inspired by ceramic form and the discipline of throwing clay.
My first wood workshop was next door to the Leach pottery in Muchelney, Somerset, and I was constantly inspired by the contrasts between the delicate controlled making process of throwing clay, and the powerful completely unknown elements of the wood fired kilns.
I have carried this fascination with ceramics with me over the years, and recently made the decision to move away from turning wood. During the recent lockdowns I set myself the challenge of teaching myself the practicalities and alchemy of throwing and glazing.
At the moment I am deepening my relationship with clay, and although the making dynamics are very different to wood, it's wonderful to be learning how to communicate with a different material in a very different way, and immerse myself in the spirit and vitality of making a new series of forms.
I'm currently working on small batch tableware and bespoke one off pieces, so do sign up to my newsletter to kept up to date with new work.
I'll also be posting occasional blogs to keep anyone interested up to date with my progress.
See my wood site here - www.calderart.co.uk