Matthew Gaddie has his studio on a 315 acre family farm that began as a log cabin homestead in the late 1700’s. In the 1800’s the house served as a stage coach stop and as an inn on the Wilderness Trail. Matthew comments, “My work reflects the ebb and flow of the simple life I grew to admire as a child . . . In this age of cheap and disposable plastic, I create permanent objects purposely made to be used, kept, and cared for daily – to become a part of people’s everyday lives.”
Starting out as a painting major, Matthew Gaddie switched to ceramics and earned his BFA degree in ceramics from the University of Evansville under the tutelage of nationally known ceramicist Les Miley.
Matthew’s works are in both stoneware and porcelain using gas and wood-fired kilns. He sometimes introduces soda to the kiln chamber at peak temperature in order to create bright turquoise surfaces from copper in his glazes and to avoid the sodium chloride gas that salt firing produces. His pottery is often altered into ovals and his surfaces are textured and lively.
To share his craft with a new generation of potters, Matt has worked with local high school students to create tiles for the Welcome Center at Bernheim Forest, Kentucky’s Official Arboretum. Matthew is a juried member of the Kentucky Craft marketing Program and the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen.
Works by Matthew Gaddie can be found at the Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft and Louisville Clay, Louisville, KY.