Matt’s work is mostly based on music. His treatment of the clay, like the music he listens to, is visual, tactile and active. He often gets so wrapped up in a certain musician or song that he scribbles various lyrics on the piece he’s working on. Whether it’s one album or a handful of songs, Matt typically only listens to one artist over the course of a new work cycle. Matt’s love of water, fish, fossils, and stone also strongly influence his work and are visually prevalent in each piece. Wood-firing gives the pieces with a liquid-like finish as a result of random flame patterns and molten wood ash deposits. Matt is a native of Middle Tennessee and graduate of ETSU with a Degree of Fine Arts and concentration in Ceramics.