Matthew Hyleck is one of our ‘Taste of Touchstone’ Artists who also will be teaching at Touchstone in 2018!

Visit The Allegany Arts Council’s Saville Gallery in Cumberland, MD from February 3-17, 2018 for ‘A Taste of Touchstone’ Gallery Exhibit. More information: Taste of Touchstone

Matthew Hyleck received a BFA from Xavier University in 1997. His outstanding functional pottery has received recognition by the Maryland State Arts Council’s Individual Artist Fellowship Award in Craft in 2005, 2007, and 2011; and has received multiple awards, including the 2009 NCECA Biennial (Outstanding Functional Pot Merit Award by Trax Gallery and Skutt Kilns’ Purchase Award), and 2009 Jersey Shore Clay National (first prize). Matthew’s studio work was featured on the December 2011 Ceramics Monthly cover and recognized as an emerging artist in the May 2008 Ceramics Monthly. Additionally, he has completed visiting artist residencies at Tainan National University for the Arts, Taiwan R.O.C. in 2005, Ohio University’s Woodfire Symposium in 2010, and Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts’ Artists Invite Artists in 2010. Matthew served as the education coordinator for Baltimore Clayworks and currently works as a full-time studio potter and instructor at Chesapeake Center for Creative Arts.

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Matthew will be teaching ‘Breakfast of Champions: Pots with Purpose‘ at Touchstone from June 8-11, 2018. In this workshop, students will explore a range of utilitarian form and examine the purpose and intent behind each object. The cup is arguably the most intimate of all functional ceramic forms, the bowl is the most versatile, while the plate serves to frame and formalize a meal. These basic forms serve the central role of the everyday dining ritual. These objects set the tone for our meal—formal, casual, intimate, or traditional; and designing these vessels demand consideration to the shape, volume, lip, foot, handle, and surface. Through demonstration, conversation, and hands-on practice, participants will consider these tabletop elements and explore a cast of supporting vessels. We will discuss methods for glaze application, including slip, wax masking, and Shino application. This workshop is suitable for Intermediate to Advanced students.

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