Matthew Wilcock is a ceramic artist/maker born in Preston and raised by parents who are both potters. After completing his BA in Ceramics at the University of Central Lancashire, Matthew focussed mainly on developing his own style, producing small batch functional earthenware pots, selling mainly through local galleries.
In 2014 Matthew began work as Ceramic Artist in Residence at Giggleswick School, North Yorkshire. A role which allowed him to focus on his own practice, gain experience in teaching and have the opportunity to pass on traditional ceramic techniques to a younger generation. Whilst at Giggleswick Matthew experimented with new styles of work which became more expressive and moved away from function. After a research trip to the International Ceramics Studio in Kecskemét, Hungary, he became interested in designing and building wood fired kilns with the intention to salt fire.
Whilst working as Artist in Residence Matthew was successful in applying and partaking in the BBC’s Great Pottery Throw Down, a series focussing on a wide range of ceramic techniques and processes. The series was filmed over 6 weeks and had contestants competing against each other to be crowned weekly ‘Top Potter’ by judges Kate Malone and Keith Brymer Jones. After competing Matthew began to exhibit throughout Britain, demonstrating and guest lecturing for various institutions.
Matthew moved to Aberdeen in 2017 where he now works, lecturing ceramics on the 3D Design BA at Gray’s School of Art. As well as teaching he is currently studying a Masters Degree which focusses primarily on the influence of modern technology on traditional craft, experimenting with 3D printing and other tooling, which can be used to expand and compliment hand made work.