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Ceramic Works Created by Matt King

 

 
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experience in clay

Background

I'm an American expat living and working outside the US for the almost a decade. I started making when I was 15 years old. My high school offered 4 levels of ceramics courses. On the suggestion from a friend I enrolled and ended taking all 4 plus some independent study as well. I knew I found something within my first year using the medium. I graduated high school in 2000 and went on to Minnesota State University, Mankato where I earned my BFA in ceramics and painting as well as my MA in ceramics. After a brief 2 year stint in Okinawa Japan, where my making was done in the corner of my tiny apartment after my days teaching English, I moved to Taiwan to pursue my MFA. I attended Tainan National University of the Arts on a full scholarship starting in 2011. During my 3 year program at TNNUA I studied abroad in Jingdezhen, the porcelain capital of China, for 4 and a half months. I graduated in the summer of 2014 and then chose to move to Taipei. I currently am working as Artistic Director for Crown Forest Collective ceramics studio in Yangmingshan, Taipei, Taiwan. For more information on our studio please visit:

 www.crownforestcollective.com.tw  

 
 
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Insights

Statement

       I am interested in making works that are inspired from both organic form and industrial line. I am not interested in expressing a specific message to the viewer, but rather trying to create something that invokes a visceral response. I focus on aesthetics of form and exploration in surface treatment.

My functional pieces range in method of construction; wheel-thrown, hand-built, slipcast, jigged and altered... I explore new shapes and currently prefer to make unique one-offs, but still find joy in making series as well. I simply wish to create utilitarian pieces which people enjoy holding and using. Please contact me if you are interested in any of my work. 

        

 
    Phoenix Kiln Woodfiring: Tainan National University of the Arts

 

Phoenix Kiln Woodfiring: Tainan National University of the Arts

     戊戌之吠  Exhibit at Fu-guei Gallery "Iyriee" 2018  

 

戊戌之吠 Exhibit at Fu-guei Gallery "Iyriee" 2018  

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studio shot

  Fresh out of the Kiln at Cloud Forest Collective


Fresh out of the Kiln at Cloud Forest Collective

 A PEEK INSIDE THE ANAGAMA

A PEEK INSIDE THE ANAGAMA

 
 
 
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History

Exhibition List

2018

  • 戊戌之吠 (WUXU Zhi Fei) ~ Fuguei Gallery, Yingge, Taiwan

  • A perpetual state of Flux: 20 Years of TNNUA sculpture ~ Kuo Mu Sheng Foundation, Taipei, Taiwan

2017

  • A perpetual state of flux: 20 years of TNNUA pottery ~ Life Seeding Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

  • 150 year anniversary exhibition ~ Carnegie Art Center, Mankato, MN USA

2016

  • Craft and Art exhibition ~ Huashan 1914 Cultural Park, Taipei, Taiwan

2015

  • workshop pieces ~ D block Gallery, Taipei, Taiwan

2014

  • Minnesota Mud ~ Art Bar Gallery, Milwaukee, WI   USA

  • Momentum, thesis exhibition ~ North Gallery 2; Tainan National University of the Arts, Tainan, Taiwan

  • Mino 10th International Ceramics Competition ~ Mino, Japan

  • Different Point of View ~ 微藝廊 Gallery; Tainan, Taiwan

2013

  • 2013 Applied Arts Exhibition ~ Applied Arts Building Galleries, TNNUA, Taiwan

  • Dachi 66 (大崎66) ~ Chiayi Cultural Center, Chiayi, Taiwan

  • 2013 Contemporary Ceramic Art in Asia ~ 21 Century Museum, Kanazawa and Aichi Prefectural Ceramics Museum, Aichi Japan

  • Parallax Views solo exhibition~ Jingdezhen Pottery Workshop education center, Jingdezhen China

2012

  • 2012 Applied Arts Exhibition ~ Applied Arts Building Galleries, TNNUA, Taiwan

  • Artist and Technical Assistant’s Show, Session 6 ~ Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Gateway Building, Deer Isle, Maine

  • Modern Ceramic Arts Exhibit ~ Zhan Xuan Art Gallery(展宣藝術中心), Kaohsiung, Taiwan

  • Dachi ~ Chiayi City Koji Pottery Museum, Chiayi, Taiwan

2011

  • 2011 Applied Arts Exhibition ~ Applied Arts Building Galleries, TNNUA, Taiwan

  • 2011 Contemporary Ceramic Art in Asia ~ Guangdong Shiwan Ceramic Museum, Foshan, China

2008

  • Prairie Lakes Regional Juried Art Exhibition ~ Carnegie Art Center, Mankato, MN

  • Artworks Juried Student Exhibition ~ CSU Gallery, Minnesota State University- Mankato

  • Fourth Gear ~ Carnegie Art Center, Mankato, MN, Masters Thesis Exhibition

2007

  • ASA Juried Exhibition ~ Conkling Gallery, Minnesota State University, Mankato.

  • Wichita National 2007 ~ The Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita, KS.

  • MSU Art Department Graduate Student Show ~ CSU Gallery, Minnesota State University, Mankato

  • AIGA/Mudworks Show ~ CSU Gallery, Minnesota State University, Mankato.

2006

  • ASA Juried Exhibition ~ Conkling Gallery, Minnesota State University, Mankato.

2005

  • Artworks Juried Student Exhibition ~ CSU Gallery, Minnesota State University, Mankato.

  • Senior Exhibit ~ Conkling Gallery, Minnesota State University, Mankato.

2003

  • Mudworks Show ~ 410 Project Mankato, MN

2002

  • ASA Juried Exhibition ~ Conkling Gallery, Minnesota State University, Mankato.


 
 
 
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We all fear death and question our place in the universe. The artist’s job is not to succumb to despair, but to find an antidote to the emptiness of existence.
— Gertrude Stein in 'Midnight in Paris'
 
 
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