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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

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
Mug
Date: ca.1990
Form: Mug
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze, Incised
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Soy Bottle
Date: ca. 1990
Form: Soy Bottle
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Carved, Glaze
Photo: TMP
Blue Box
Date: ca. 2005
Form: Box
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Carved, Glaze
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron
Large Bowl
Date: 2014
Form: Bowl
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: 2014
Form: Flask
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Carved, Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Tan Bottle
Date: ca 2014
Form: Bottle
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Carved, Glaze
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP
Brown Box
Form: Box
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown and Altered
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
Covered Jar with White Sprigs
Form: Box
Materials: Agateware
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze, Sprig
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron
Teapot
Form: Teapot
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Carved, Glaze
The Rosenfield Collection
The Rosenfield Collection
Tumbler
Form: Tumbler
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Overglaze, Underglaze
The Rosenfield Collection
The Rosenfield Collection
Bowl
Form: Bowl
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Carved, Glaze
The Rosenfield Collection
The Rosenfield Collection
Pitcher
Form: 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 October 4, 2017. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/metz