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About Matthew Metz

Matthew Metz has been making a living as a studio potter for the last 25 years He shares a home and studio in Alfred, Ny with educator and potter Linda Sikora. Awards include an individual artist grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and two McKnight Fellowships. He shows and sells his work throughout the U.S. and internationally. He recently was a co-founder of the Flower City Pottery Invitational in Rochester, NY. His work is in numerous public and private collections including the Minneapolis Art Institute, Philadelphia Museum of Art. He received his BFA from Ball State University and his MFA from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. Matt was a long term resident at the Archie Bray Foundation from 1989-1991.

Artist Statement

To be honest, I make work to please myself and then let it figure out its place in the world. I make the pots to function and to be useful, but how people live with them is their part of the creative process. I am interested in a dance with the history of pots, I like their recognizable tune. Listen to Louis Armstrong or Miles Davis play “My Funny Valentine,” Heifitz or Pearlman play Humouresque. Same relatively simple, welcoming tunes played in amazingly personal ways.

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