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Join the Friends of Kettle’s Yard for an illustrated in person talk by the distinguished Cambridgeshire potter, Matthew Blakely, whose beautiful and unique functional pots are made to be handled, felt and explored at Kettle’s Yard.
Drawing on the landscapes of Britain, Matthew Blakely seeks new ways of looking at the land through making wood-fired pieces created entirely from rocks and minerals he collects from locations such as Cumbria or Dartmoor, so that each piece illustrates the ceramic and geological character of that place.
£15 Friends (£20 non-Friends) booking required, places limited
Born in the UK, Matthew Blakely emigrated to Australia in 1988 and studied Ceramics at The National Art School Sydney, working as a potter ever since. In 2018 Matthew spent seven weeks at the Mashiko Museum Of Ceramic Art in Japan. Over 500 potters live and work in Mashiko and it was for many years the home of Bernard Leach’s friend and colleague, Shoji Hamada. With access to Mashiko’s pottery workshop, Matthew worked with local rocks and clays, liaised with local quarries, visited local potters and undertook several weeks of clay and glaze tests to produce work for an exhibition and Mashiko’s permanent collection.
Matthew currently lives and work in a small village on the edge of the Fens, near Cambridge with a gas kiln and two wood kilns that he uses to fire his work using waste wood that has grown where he lives in Cambridgeshire. The firing itself transform these glazes producing exceptional qualities that would be impossible to achieve in any other way.
This event is for the Friends of Kettle’s Yard. If you would like to join, you can do so here.