About Matthew Hyleck
Matthew Hyleck received a BFA from Xavier University in 1997. He is currently an associate artist and instructor at Baltimore Clayworks whose outstanding functional pottery has earned recognition by the Maryland State Arts Council IAA in Craft in 2018, 2011, 2007 and 2005 and has received recognition within the field of ceramics. His studio work was featured on the December 2011 Ceramics Monthly cover article. Additionally he has completed visiting artist-residencies at Tainan National University for the Arts, Taiwan R.O.C., Ohio University’s Woodfire Symposium and Watershed Craft Center’s artists invite artists residency. He serves as the education coordinator for Baltimore Clayworks Mt. Washington campus, a position he has held since October 2000. He maintains an active home studio in the Beverly Hills neighborhood of Baltimore City.
My ceramic works are informed directly by my love for natural objects coupled with a passion for utilitarian objects. Natural shapes, textures, patterns and symbols provide design elements for my artwork as I explore the hand-made object within a defined domestic landscape. The dialogue between a hand-made object and the user is a significant ritual and my goal is to craft elegant pottery to enhance daily routine. Through my design and surface glaze work I explore shifts in nature through the seasons; abstracting natural and man-made cycles of a farmer’s field, rolling hillsides and the fertile landscape.