Michelle Matthews Sculpted

Essay by Perry Price

February 9, 2018 – March 25, 2018 Mary E. Bawden Sculpture Garden

Using traditional methods such as a hand-formed clay coils and carving techniques, ceramic artist Michelle Matthews constructs intuitive forms that balance formal integrity and chance. For this site-specific installation, Matthews will create a large-scale, interactive work comprised of nine clay-based sculptures that will be subject to the natural effects of Houston’s environment for the duration of the exhibition.

Artist and Writer Bios

Michelle Matthews, born in New Jersey, has called Houston home since 1981. She received her ceramic education at the MFAH Glassell School of Art, completing the Glassell’s BLOCK program in 2016. Matthews’ ceramic sculptures reflect her love of processes, those found in geological development and those discovered while working in clay. Her work has been exhibited in solo shows at Galeria Regina, Houston, TX in 2015 and 2016, as well as many group exhibits at Coconino Center for the Arts, Flagstaff, AZ; LH Horton Jr. Gallery, Stockton, CA and at the Baltimore Clayworks, MD. Currently, she is curating Collective Transference: An Exhibit of Houston Area Ceramic Artists, a ceramic exhibit on view at the Art Gallery at Houston Community College Central Campus January 23–February 17, 2018.

Perry A. Price is Executive Director of Houston Center for Contemporary Craft in Houston, Texas. Price received a BA in the History of Art from the Johns Hopkins University and an MA in Museum Studies from the Cooperstown Graduate Program in Museum Studies, State University of New York Oneonta and the New York State Historical Association. Prior to joining the HCCC, he served as director of education for the American Craft Council in Minneapolis, Minnesota.