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Matthew Metz

Biography to Display: 

1961Born Kendallville, Indiana

EDUCATION

1983BFA Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana

1985MFA University of Pennsylvania, Edinboro, Pennsylvania

WORK EXPERIENCE

1989-1991Resident artist, Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Montana

Studio Potter, Alfred, New York

 

Matthew Metz’s pots are thrown using porcelain or procelaneous clay body that is wheel thrown and often paddled to create multi sided boxes. The surfaces of his pots are noteworthy for their intricate narrative carved decoration. Typically, the pots are glazed and then the design is created by cutting through the surface glaze to expose the contrasting light clay body below. Metz has consistently signed his work with his last name, often placing it in a geometric design on the bottom of the piece.

Occasionally, Metz uses multicolored clay to create a marbleized clay body and may add sprigs of contrasting color trees, birds, leaves, double helixes, etc. The pieces are then fired in either a gas, wood (to which salt may be added) or electric kiln. For decorative inspiration Metz looks to early American folk art and Asian pottery traditions to which he adds images that are drawn from his life’s experiences to complete the narrative. Although he creates many functional forms perhaps he is most recognized for his covered boxes and jars.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Archie Bray Foundation, Helena, Montana

Arkansas Arts Center, Little Rock, Arkansas

Erie Art Museum, Erie, Pennsylvania

Minneapolis Art Institute, Minneapolis, Minnesota

Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Racine Art Museum, Racine, Wisconsin

rosenfieldcollection.com

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

“Philadelphia Museum Show.” Ceramics MonthlyJanuary 1997.

“Portfolio – Matthew Metz.” American CraftJuly 1996.

“The Archie Bray Legacy.” Ceramics Monthly, December 1993.

“1990 NEA Grants.” Ceramics MonthlyDecember 1990.

 

 

Typical Marks
ca 2005
2014
ca 2016
Mug
Date: ca 1990
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze, Incised
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Soy Bottle
Date: ca 1990
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Carved, Glaze
Photo: TMP
Blue Covered Box
Date: ca 2005
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Slab Built
Surface Technique: Carved, Glaze
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron
Covered Jar with White Sprigs
Date: ca 2007
Materials: Agateware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze, Sprig
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron
Bottle
Date: ca 2010
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze, Sgraffito
E John Bullard Collection
E John Bullard Collection
Jar with Trees and Leaves
Date: ca 2010
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze, Incised, Sprig
E John Bullard Collection
E John Bullard Collection
Flask
Date: ca 2012
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze, Sgraffito
E John Bullard Collection
E John Bullard Collection
Large Bowl
Date: 2014
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Carved, Overglaze, Slip
40th Annual Pottery Sale, The Art School at Old Church, Demerest, NJ, 2014
Photo: TMP
40th Annual Pottery Sale, The Art School at Old Church, Demerest, NJ, 2014
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Flask
Date: ca 2014
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Carved, Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Covered Jar with Flowers
Date: ca 2014
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Carved, Glaze, Sgraffito
E John Bullard Collection
E John Bullard Collection
Bowl
Date: ca 2016
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Carved, Glaze, Incised
rosenfieldcollection.com
rosenfieldcollection.com
Brown Covered Box
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Slab Built
Surface Technique: Carved, Glaze
Photo: Loren Moran
Photo: Loren Moran
Photo: Loren maron
Black Pitcher with White Sprigs
Form: Pitcher
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze, Sprig
Photo: Loren Moran
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron
Teapot
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Carved, Glaze
rosenfieldcollection.com
rosenfieldcollection.com
Tumbler
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Overglaze, Underglaze
rosenfieldcollection.com
rosenfieldcollection.com
Bowl
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Carved, Glaze
rosenfieldcollection.com
rosenfieldcollection.com
rosenfieldcollection.com
rosenfieldcollection.com
Pitcher
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Carved, Glaze, Incised
Rebecca Sive Collection
Photo: TMP
Rebecca Sive Collection
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified May 23, 2019. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/metz