Derek Matthews

Birdman Ceramic. Detail of Earthenware pottery object
Birdman Ceramic. Detail of Earthenware pottery object
The-Itinerant-ceramic-sculpture
The-Itinerant-ceramic-sculpture
Terracotta Fetish for jewelry
Terracotta Fetish for jewelry
Two Heads- ceramic.
Two Heads- ceramic.
The Sun was Too Bright 
- Ceramic
The Sun was Too Bright
- Ceramic
Icarus-ceramic.jpg
Icarus-ceramic.jpg
The Chambers of the Sea Ceramic
The Chambers of the Sea Ceramic
Cat-ceramic-vessel
Cat-ceramic-vessel



I returned to working with clay a few years ago after a very long absence.

Clay offers fantastic creative opportunities but it also has a mind of its own. Once I've managed to coax the clay in the right direction there's still the glorious alchemy of glaze and the kiln's ordeal by fire to contend with.

It's these elements of ambition, craft and surprise that make ceramics so appealing to me.


I tend to use terracotta mixed with fibre and a few extra ingredients or "inclusions" in the construction of my pieces.


I'm very lucky to be able to work alongside other potters in at Farham Pottery, an original Victorian Pottery building just outside Farnham in Surrey.

I have an ongoing connection with Farnham because aside from school pottery, the first real ceramic work I ever created was during my foundation studies at Farnham School of Art.


Some of the works shown here are for sale and others are in private collections but I am always happy to take on commissions.  




  




Ceramics