Surface treatment and form blend in my pieces to the point that I blur the working distinction between clay and glaze.

I am a professional ceramic artist living and working in Seattle, Washington. My work is primarily decorative with a heavy emphasis on glaze effects. I fire to 2,300° Fahrenheit in an 80 cubic foot gas reduction kiln.

Nearly all of my pottery is food, oven and microwave safe.  Each piece is handmade on the wheel or with slab construction in porcelain or stoneware.

My work is available in many Washington state galleries as well as nationally.

In the past, glazing was almost all that mattered in my pots.  While it still dominates in my newer efforts, I am now experimenting with more formal elements. 

It was always only incidental that my plates were food friendly.  I only made them to have a surface to glaze,

and I think people bought them as much to look at, as to eat off. The flat clay slabs now lack all reference to food serving surfaces, and I find a new freedom in leaving those functional associations out of my work

Am I now a sculptor, and no longer “just” a potter?  I am not totally sure myself, but I know one thing: No one will ask if it’s dishwasher safe anymore.

Matthew Patton