Education: 2002 - 2004 M.A. Ceramics and Glass, Royal College of Art, Kensington, London 1999 - 2002 B.A. (Hons) Class in Ceramics, B.S.U.C., Sion Hill, Bath. Training: 1993 - 1999 Full time assistant to Philip Wood in Frome, Somerset Awards/Scholarship 2009 Shortlist for the Westerwald Prize, Keramikmuseum Westerwald, Germany 2009 Diploma at the World Ceramic Biennale, Icheon, Korea 2006, The Ceramic Review Prize Awarded at Ceramic Art London 2006 2003/04 The Nelson Woo Foundation Scholar at the Royal College of Art 2002, Poole Pottery Award for Ceramic Shape awarded at New Designers 2002 Residency 2004 - 06 Arts Council Setting up Scheme placement at Quay Arts, Isle of Wight Selected Public Commissions 2004 Sculpture commissioned for the Rocco Forte Hotel Villa Kennedy in Germany 2006 two large sculptures commissioned for the Spirit of Adventure cruise Ship 2007 three large sculptures for the lobby of the Hyatt Great Eastern Hotel London Memberships 2007 Professional Member of Contemporary Applied Arts, London, Press Ceramic Review Crafts Elle Decoration Observer Telegraph Design 2009: Design for Habitat Spring/Summer 2009 range - Spheres water fountain. Forthcoming exhibitions 20th March 2009: Focus Exhibition at Contemporary Applied Arts, London 25th April 2009: The 5th World Ceramic Biennale, Icheon Ceramic Centre, Korea August 2009, Westerwald Prize exhibition at the Keramikmuseum Westerwald, Germany. Past exhibitions 2008 - Gallery Nine, St Margaret's Buildings, Bath 2007 and 2008 - The Sussex Barn Gallery, West Dean, Chichester 2007 - The Royal Academy of Arts Summer Exhibition, London 2006 and 2008 - The New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, Surrey 2005 and 2007 - The Victoria and Albert Museum, London 2005 - The Yorkshire Sculpture Park, West Bretton, Wakefield Fairs Ceramic Art London at the RCA, London - 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009 Chelsea Crafts Fair at Chelsea Old Town Hall, London - 2005 Origin at Somerset House, London - 2006, 2007, 2008 Earth and Fire at the Rufford Country Park - 2007 Design Show Liverpool at the Contemporary Urban Centre - 2008. Statement: The Ceramic works of Matthew Chambers are born from a love of geometric and constructivist art, architecture, and design. Each piece is a constructed abstract exploration of shape that combines traditional processes and contemporary form, designed to create a visual and tactile beauty and intrigue. They are minimalist yet complex objects built from layering many circular sections within a single form. Technical information: All work is made from stoneware clay. Colour using oxides and stains is added directly to the clay body before the making process. Each piece is built from many sections individually thrown on the potters wheel, and they are sanded and polished at different stages ensuring a finish that is smooth to the touch.