“I work with ‘green’ or wet wood. I turn vessels that are very thin, sometimes with a wall thickness of just a few millimetres and often include the bark or natural edge. As these vessels dry they move. These distortions are really an expression of the latent forces within the tree. I try and look for areas within the tree that have knots or side branches because these parts are generally rejected for production work and yet often contain the best colour and grain and result in the most expressive vessels”.
Recognition and achievements
2017 Finalist RDS National Crafts Awards
2016 Best Maker in Ireland Etsy UK & Ireland Awards
2016 Finalist RDS National Crafts Awards & Winner IWG Prize Woodturning Category
2015 Finalist RDS National Crafts Awards Woodturning Category
2014 Design and Crafts Council Craftsmanship Award
2013 Finalist RDS National Crafts Awards Woodturning Category
His work has been presented to President Michael D. Higgins and HRH Prince Charles.
His work has been purchased by the Department of Skills and Education, the Etsy Permanent Collection and private collections throughout the world.
He also has several pieces in The Daniel Collection.
Matt’s art pieces are available to purchase privately.