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My work comes out of many varied influences including: Asian pottery traditions, Greek and Roman pots, early American decorative arts, face jugs and other folk traditions. The images on my pottery are decorative. Our culture tends to look at decoration as embellishment without complex meaning - frosting on the cake. While I resist applying direct narrative and literal definition to my iconography, the patterns and images I choose come from my life and experience. Interests in nature (evolutionary biology, ethnology) and history (archaeology, physical culture) find their way, obliquely, into the work. The experience of art should not be separated from our daily existence. A coffee cup has as much capacity for meaning as any other form of expression.

 

Matthew Metz
190 Mullen Road
Alfred Station, NY 14803
(607) 465-7085

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