INTRODUCING - our new starter studio ceramicist MATT CALDER

Matt joins us from rural Northumberland, where he helped to set up and run a family ceramics studio. Prior to this, Matt has worked at the amazing 1265 degrees North studio and gallery, and been a plasterer. He has a degree in Applied Art from Newcastle College and a strong interest in East African culture and in the impact of climate change.

Like all the starters, Matt is embarking on a two year programme here which provides him with the studio space and equipment, skills mentorship and business skills training he will need to embark on a sustainable career in making.

Matt, alongside his fellow ceramics starter Rebecca Brown, will be joining Sophie Lester and Bethany Stafford in their fantastic Manor Oaks studio. We wish him the best of luck and we look forward to seeing his work and career develop over the forthcoming two years.

How did you hear about the Starter Studio Programme?

I heard about the Starter Studio Programme from my partner who is studying archaeology at The University of Sheffield.

What made you want to apply?

After finishing my degree in Creative Industries last year I have been looking for an opportunity to advance my career in ceramics. I applied for the Starter Studio Programme because I believe it will give me the space and the mentoring I need to continue to develop and refine my work as a ceramicist.

Can you describe your practice?

My work is heavily inspired by the natural landscapes in Northumberland and from my experiences in traveling in Africa and Australia. By using a combination of different building techniques, dry earthy glazes, reduction and oxidation firing; I try to recreate the harshness and weathering of rural landscapes. My interest in the traditional Aboriginal and indigenous ethnic arts, culture and crafts can be found as an emerging theme within my work.

Where can people see your work?

Currently not on display.