Matt Tommey / Vine Baskets by Matt TommeyMatt Tommey is an Appalachian basketmaker in Asheville, North Carolina. Matt's baskets are a whimsical collaboration of traditional Appalachian forms...
I make functional terracotta pottery for the artful table.
When I was a child, things were purchased and folks were hired to fix things. My parents worked hard at their successful business and didn’t have time to spend on creating and fixing, other than the family meal. It wasn't until college that I learned I could create and fix something other than a great meal with my own hands. This life-changing epiphany happened in a pottery class at the college student union. At first touch, I fell in love with making pottery. I fell in love not only with the material, but mostly with the act of making. Working with my hands, creating life from mud and in a short time, that object being something so useful, so basic, was exhilarating. Enough so, that I changed my focus in college and was determined to make pottery my life’s work.
My clay studies began at the University of Florida. From there I traveled seeking more opportunities to learn and grow – Eastern Kentucky University, Cleveland Institute of Art, Penland School of Arts & Crafts, Arrowmont School of Crafts, Edinboro University, University of Miami, Fl. In 1999 I began Pincu Pottery, showing in galleries and outdoor art shows. Today, I have a studio/showroom where I teach this love of pottery to tourists and locals. Turns out, my love of teaching is just as strong as my love of really great functional pots.
My goal is to create beautiful pottery that is comfortable and functional. Using the local landscape as my muse – primarily the red clay earth and lush green foliage – I alter and decorate my pots. My love of food and cooking inspires my functional shapes. Hopefully my passion for handmade and well-made pottery will rub off on the folks that visit my showroom and/or take a class in clay at Pincu Pottery.
To learn more about my pottery or classes, please visit my website.
You can also follow me on Facebook and see what my students are up to.