Matthew Chambers is a British ceramicist based on the Isle of Wight.
He trained to become a potter in Philip Wood’s studio, starting in 1993 and staying for 7 years in the Somerset village where he had grown up. He went on to study at the Bath School of Art, then at the Royal College of Art in London from 2002 to 2004. Once he graduated from the RCA, Chambers moved to the Isle of Wight on a residency. There he eventually set up his own studio.
Matthew Chambers primarily works with stoneware, which he builds on a potter’s wheel. First he mixes grog with clay, before adding oxydes. Chambers then assembles the various elements he has thrown in order to make abstract sculptures built on iterative rhythms. His designs are based on experimentation alone: the artist proceeds with no preliminary sketch nor preconceived scheme, and lets the forms come together. His method is to experience the way in which one form leads to another.
Matthew Chambers’ work is driven by his passion for ceramic techniques. Major influences are Constructivism and Opt art which have inspired him to pursue his own developments. The artist produces pieces belonging to both design and decorative arts. The colours he uses are reminiscent of the Arts & Crafts aesthetics, while he also favours neutral and natural shades like pale greens, blues and oranges, combined with earthen colours such as beige, brown and red…
The titles of his works - Revolution blue, Deep twist, Weave, Crossover…- are drawn from the potter’s wheel. Movement is a driving force, and so his sculptures are circular shaped. The quick successions of concave and convex forms attract the eye towards unusual vanishing points, forming hypnotic trompe-l’œils.
Matthew Chambers thus defines his approach: “I make sculpture that is born from the potters wheel. Many sections are thrown and built to create a constructed beauty, rhythm, and symmetry in abstract form. It is a true love of the making process that drives the creation of my sculpture. Through practice and persistence I have devel-oped a unique way of making, and it is this alongside the versatility of clay that is es-sential in creating the individual character of the work”.