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Form & Light: Ceramic Function As Art


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Form & Light: Ceramic Function As Art

  • Fairmont Heritage Place 103 Catron Street Santa Fe, NM 87501 USA (map)

The Fairmont Heritage Place and El Corazon Club features artist, Matthew Rowe, for a creative and informative discussion on the power of ceramic art and its effect on form and light, and use of function. While enrolled at the University of New Mexico (2005-2010), Rowe worked as a ceramics instructor at the ASUNM (Associated Students of the University of New Mexico) art studio, and as a studio assistant for the Arita Porcelain course, in the Art Education Department at UNM—A formal method of porcelain pottery making originating in Arita, Japan, founded by Jim Schrubek after studying under Manji Inoue, a Living National Treasure of Japan. 

Matthew’s job in the porcelain studio required him to make all the clay, glazes, and tools used in every class. This was of fundamental importance for him as an artist. There he refined his technique and began studying the often ambiguous relationship between form and function; “it was the first time a teacher emphasized that the point of making a bowl is not the bowl itself but the space created inside—ceramics is not about making things, but creating the space around them.” Although he pursued a minor in ceramics while attaining his degree in English and Philosophy, he was unceremoniously removed from the ceramics department before graduation. 

Since leaving UNM, Matthew built a pottery studio in his Santa Fe home and works as the director of the Addison Rowe Gallery. In 2012, he was included in a two person show at Heidi Loewen Gallery in Santa Fe. In May of 2015, he participated in his first major gallery exhibition at Wade Wilson Art in Santa Fe, NM. Since then, he has exhibited at the Palm Springs Fine Art Fair (2016, 2017, 2018), Art Aspen (2016), Rebecca Fine Art Gallery in Cathedral City, CA (Visually Speaking: Color & Light – curated by Joe Novak, Jun – Dec, 2016), and Art on Paper in NYC (2019). He had his first solo Exhibition at Beals & Co Gallery on Canyon Road in Santa Fe in 2018, and has been on continuous display at Rancho Encantado (the Four Season Resort, NM), and the Drury Hotel in Santa Fe since 2018. Additionally, he has participated in Artist in Residence Exhibitions at both the Drury, Santa Fe, and the Four Seasons Resort, NM, since 2018. 

All are invited to meet Matthew Rowe, view his newest works and learn the power of ceramics and why this unique medium is showcased in museums and galleries the world over. 

July 23, 2019
4:30pm - 6:30pm