CERAMIC ART

Matthew Patton

330 29th AVE

Seattle, WA 98122

206.329.7137

pattonceramics@gmail.com

About Me


Surface treatment and form blend in my pieces to the point that I blur the working distinction between clay and glaze.  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’m not totally sure myself, but I know one thing: no one will ask if it’s dishwasher safe anymore.    



Matthew Patton | 206.329.7137 | pattonceramics@gmail.com

Professional Experience:


Studio Potter, 1981 to Present


Private Studio, Seattle, Washington


Education:


University of Washington BFA Program, 1969, 1976


Central Washington State College BFA Program, 1971


Personal:


Born 1951


Married, one daughter. Seattle area resident since 1964


Solo Exhibitions:


The Northwest Craft Center, Seattle, Washington 1989,1992, 1996, 2005, and 2011


BonaKeane Decorative Arts, Portland, Oregon, 1996


Fireworks Gallery, Seattle, Washington, 1986,1987, and 1988


Earthenworks Gallery, LaConner, Washington, 1985, 1986, and 1987


Group Exhibitions:


Washington Potters’ Association Annual Show, at The Northwest Craft Center, Seattle, Washington, 1988-2005


The Northwest Craft Center, Seattle, Washington 1994, 2001, and 2009


Awards and Juried Shows:


Pacific Northwest Arts and Crafts Fair, Bellevue, Washington

• Juried show 1983, 1984, 1985, 1988, and 1990

  1. Prizewinner, 1990


Mercer Island Arts and Crafts Fair, Mercer Island, Washington

• Juried show 1984, and 1987

  1. Prizewinner, 1987


Edmonds Arts and Crafts Fair, Edmonds, Washington

• Juried show 1984, and 1987

  1. Prizewinner 1987


South Cobb Art Alliance National Juried Show, Mabelton, Georgia 2001


Wichita Center for the Arts, The Wichita National, Wichita, Kansas Permanent collection purchase prize, 2001


Gold Coast Art Centre, Gold Coast International Ceramic Art Award, Surfers Paradise, Australia, 2001


Wayne Art Center, Craft Forms 2001 National Crafts Exhibition, Wayne, PA, 2001


Niche Magazine, Niche Awards Finalist, 2002


San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, The 14th San Angelo National Ceramics Competition, San Angelo, Texas 2002


Riverside Community College, Plates 02 National Juried Show, Permanent collection purchase prize Riverside, California 2002


Market House Craft Center, 10th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National, Lancaster Designer Craftsmen Award Lancaster, Pennsylvania 2002


Pittsburg State University, Plain Arts IV International Juried Art Exhibition Pittsburg, Kansas 2002


University of Tulsa, Red Heat Contemporary Work in Clay Tulsa, Oklahoma 2002


Contemporary Crafts Gallery, Moving Through Light National Juried Exhibition Portland, Oregon 2002


Franklin Square Gallery and The Associated Artists of Southport, 23rd Annual July National Exhibition Southport NC, 2003


Holter Museum of Art, The ANA 32 National, Helena, Montana 2003


Wichita Center for the Arts, The Wichita National, Wichita, Kansas 2003


St. Petersburg Clay Company, The St. Petersburg Clay National, St. Petersburg, Florida 2003


Maude Kerns Art Center Potter to Potter The Club Mud Juried Exhibit, Eugene, Oregon 2003


Rockport Center for the Arts, Vitrified Clay National, Rockport Texas, 2004


Western Colorado Center for the Arts, Contemporary Clay Biennial, Grand Junction, Colorado 2010


The Myers Gallery, Containers 2010, Santa Ana, California 2010


San Joaquin Delta College, Visions in Clay, Stockton, California 2010


Market House Craft Center, 18th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 2010


Cape Fear Studios Inc., 16th Annual Nellie Allen Smith Pottery Competition Fayetteville, North Carolina Prizewinner 2010


Bemidji Community Art Center, It’s Only Clay National Competition and Exhibition Bemidji, Minnesota Permanent Collection Purchase Prize 2010


San Joaquin Delta College, Visions in Clay, Stockton, California 2011


Cape Fear Studios Inc. 17th Annual Nellie Allen Smith Pottery Competition Fayetteville, North Carolina 2011


Northern Arizona University, National Juried Ceramic Exhibition Flagstaff, Arizona 2011


Columbia City Gallery, 6th Annual Juried Exhibit: Rock Paper Scissors Seattle, Washington 2011


San Joaquin Delta College, Visions in Clay, Stockton, California 2012


Market House Craft Center, 20th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National Lancaster, Pennsylvania, 2012


Wichita Center for the Arts, Wichita National All Media Craft Exhibition, Wichita Kansas 2013


Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana, Functional Relations, Indiana University of Southern Indiana, Evansville, Indiana 2013


Terra Incognito Studio, Coffee, Tea, or...?, Oak Park Illinois 2013


Blue Line Arts, America’s Clay Fest, Roseville, California 2013


Blue Line Arts, 3rd Annual Ceramacom, Roseville California 2013


Workhouse Arts Center, Workhouse Clay International, Lorton Virginia 2016


San Joaquin Delta College, Visions in Clay, Stockholm, California 2016

2nd Place Jurors Award


Invitational:


American Craft Museum 10th Annual Benefit Auction, Christie’s East, New York, 1990


Publications:


Ceramics Monthly, April 1990 Matthew Patton: Interrupted Gesture by Matthew Kangas


Clay Times, November, December 2001 The Gallery, Page 40


Washington, Maryland, and Virginia Home and Design Magazine, Fall 2000 Handmade American Crafts By Shane Lauro

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