About Matthew Krousey
Matthew Krousey received his BFA in ceramics from the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities. He is a current host of the St. Croix Valley Pottery Tour. In 2018, he received both an Artist Initiative Grant through the Minnesota State Arts Board and an Essential Artist Award through the East Central Regional Arts Council. Matthew also recently participated in a panel discussion with Craft in America at the Library of Congress as part of the Veterans History Project. Krousey says his aim is to create a historical record of the vanishing natural world around him.
“I use imagery of Minnesota’s native flora and fauna on ceramics to bring awareness to the viewer of the environment I know and love.”
I use stoneware to create pots decorated with abstract landscapes, flora, and fauna of native Midwestern ecosystems. The pieces are fired in a salt kiln resulting in durable objects, imbued with great variation and depth. The finished pottery is natural and mysterious like the landscape they are inspired by. Conceptually, I look to the regionalist artists of the early 20th century who documented the rural landscapes of America. I see myself as a modern day Regionalist working with clay. Aesthetically, I am constantly looking to the folk pottery of Japan and Korea and aim for a minimalist approach to convey meaning when decorating. Fewer lines give my compositions power and movement. My hope is that the daily use of my pots will be a gentle reminder to the public of the vanishing natural world around us.