MatthewVMember Since 03 Sep 2013
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I did some pottery in elementary school and in high school I took several art classes to include clay in my life. My undergrad is in Mechanical Engineering and I didn't take many elective classes. After working for a year, I returned for graduate school, ran out of engineering classes to take and then took ceramics. And then two more semesters while letting my engineering studies slide away (I didn't finish the Masters).
After a strange summer that included reality stranger than dreams and learning the meaning of the universe (see psychosis for a non-spiritual explanation) I left for New Zealand. In Wellington I learned all the things I had been taught and also started teaching. I made and mixed glazes, fired kilns, taught classes and the whole works while also working a full time fire test engineering job. Unfortunately the workplace was also eating away at my soul. After over two years with the Wellington Potters Association and all the blessings of that space, I left.
So more recently, I cashed in on all of my savings to create a community pottery in Wasilla, Alaska. Right now there 8 wheels (4 Brent and 4 Shimpo), a ConeArt kiln, Venco pugmill, studio ∆6 glazes and lots of working space.
In my life, I plan to explore ∆6 reduction (4 year goal) and Anagama firings (9 year goal). Having an engineering base knowledge is extraordinarily useful for making pottery (no sarcasm).
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- Member Title Alaskan
- Age 30 years old
- Birthday September 12, 1986
Making glazes for ∆6, teaching classes, playing
- Website URL http://AKpottery.com