Matt Thompson


Specialist Subject Areas

Technical Demonstrator in Clay and Glaze
Making techniques, glaze application and surfacing

Kiln and Firing Processes
Electric, gas and outdoor firing techniques

Practicing Designer Maker
Ceramic Tableware, Plaster Model and Mouldmaking, Batch Production


BA (hons) Ceramics



Born in Oxfordshire, England in 1980. Graduated in 2001 with 1st Class Honours in Ceramics and became a member of Fireworks Clay Studios, Cardiff, an established artist co-operative. From 2001 to 2007 combined own ceramic practice with part-time lecturing and commission work. Worked in a variety of institutions including UWN, University of Glamorgan and Cardiff Metropolitan University (then UWIC), providing workshops and teaching practical ceramic skills on a variety of levels. In 2005, helped establish a community ceramics production facility in Merthyr Tydfil, making tableware and bespoke ceramics for clients and local businesses. In 2009, appointed Technical Demonstrator in Ceramics at CSAD, Cardiff Metropolitan University.

Membership of Fireworks Clay Studios (Current) and Co-Director (2005-2010)

Principal Publications and/or Exhibitions

Beyond Borders, ArtXchange Gallery, Seattle, USA, 2012
Seren Arian; Christmas Exhibition, Craft in the Bay, Cardiff, December 2009
Taking Shape; Solo Exhibition, Model House Craft and Design Centre, Llantrisant, South Wales, September 2009
Pottering in the Kitchen; Group tableware exhibition, Model House Craft and Design Centre, Llantrisant, South Wales, October 2008
Fireworks… Ten Years On; Touring Show with Fireworks Clay Studios, UK venues, 2007/2008
Prospect; Ten Artists in Clay, National Museum of Wales, Cardiff, March 2006
Art in Clay; 10th National Ceramics Show, Hatfield House, Hertfordshire, August 2004
Ceramic Biennale; International Ceramics Competition, Icheon World Ceramics Centre, South Korea, October 2003
That Was Then; Exhibition of Ceramics and Prints, Newport Museum, South Wales, March 2003
Commissions: Outdoor Ceramics; Lewistown Community, Bridgend, South Wales; November 2008
Cast Iron Installation; Relief patterns through community workshops, Llanfoist, South Wales; August 2005
Groundwork; Cast Iron Relief Installation, Groundwork Offices, Parc Tondu, South Wales, October 2003
Mardi Gras Festival; Community Awards, Cardiff, May 2003
Arts and Business Awards; St. David’s Hall, Cardiff, May 2002


Student Award; 7th National Ceramics Show, Hatfield House, UK, August 2001