NC Mountains Pre-Conference Artist and Conference Panelist
A native to the Carolinas, Matt Jones studied ceramics at Earlham College and apprenticed for two and a half years at Todd Piker's Cornwall Bridge Pottery in Cornwall, CT. He worked for another six months for Mark Hewitt before setting up shop in the Big Sandy Mush valley in Buncombe County just outside Asheville, NC. Jones has been producing wood-fired table ware, planters, and decorative pieces, including very large coil-and-throw vessels; and selling primarily from his workshop at bi-annual "kiln openings". His focus has been in creating lively patterns in slip trail, oxide painting and cut glaze with an emphasis on plant and animal motifs. Jones has made significant ventures into political and philosophical content for his surfaces, allowing the forms of vernacular Carolina, classical Chinese and Mediterranean wares ground the work. He is also widely known for a series of combative discussions with ceramics' most distinguished provocateur, Garth Clark.