About Mathew Meunier
Trained as a carpenter, Mathew comes from a long line of skilled craftsmen and craftswomen. Seeking an alternate route, he left home to pursue formal schooling and to explore the insides of cubicles. A chance encounter with a handmade pot in a friend’s kitchen led him to the pottery studio and back to the familiarity and satisfaction of working with his hands. Mathew is currently entering the COVID-19 extension phase of his apprenticeship with wood-firing potter Mark Shapiro of Western Massachusetts.
Again and again I heard, “Just quit your job.” So I did.
What started as a joke quickly took on a more serious tone, and what started as a passion quickly morphed into a lifestyle. Since relocating to Vermont and finding clay, full-time corporate accounting work has been replaced by part-time bookkeeping and a wood-firing apprenticeship; numbers and spreadsheets have increasingly been offset by studio time and late night kiln firings.
Clay offers an infinite variability unknown in the accounting world, but the give-and-take between the two worlds is just as immeasurable. At the end of the day, it’s this give-and-take that drives the pursuit of a life balanced between occupation and preoccupation.