MATTHEW HYLECK

"My ceramic work is defined directly by my love for natural objects. Natural forms and symbols are always finding their way into my work. My current works have evolved from my search for place and the placement of particular objects within a defined landscape environment. The interaction between an objects ability to shape its environment is what I look to capture through my functional work. I am exploring the ways in which the landscape changes through the seasons; specifically how a field is defined by its location, refined by its designated purpose and constrained by it fenced borders.

My goal is to create utilitarian pots for every day use, simple forms that speak primarily about functionality and the intimacy gained through daily use. The life of a pot becomes complete only when it is used and so I strive to make work not for the shelf but for the table. I am very interested in telling a simple story or narrative about place; whether that is an objects place in time, a direct reference to location or an objects intended place within the house..

I work with commercially manufactured stoneware and porcelain clay, changing clay specifically in response to the intended glaze finish for each piece. Some of my glazes respond directly to the iron contained in the stoneware or, inversely, to the absence of iron in the porcelain. All works are bisque fired to cone 04 (1922°F) in an electric kiln and glaze fired to Δ10 (2345°F) in a propane downdraft reduction kiln. I work primarily within a family of glazes called Shino; an American variation on a traditional Japanese Raku glaze. The contemporary American Shino is a glaze attributed to Virginia Wirt in 1974 while she was a student at the University of Minnesota. Countless Shino glaze variations have followed, resulting in a family of glazes that have captivated generations of potters and collectors alike.

 

Matthew Hyleck is a resident artist of Baltimore Clayworks whose outstanding functional pots have earned him a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Fellowship award in Craft both in 2007 and 2005. He was identified in the May 2008 Ceramics Monthly as an "emerging artist" and his studio work has received multiple awards, including the 2009 NCECA Biennial exhibition and 2009 Jersey Shore Clay National. Galleries throughout the mid-Atlantic have exhibited his sophisticated Shino-glazed utilitarian stoneware and porcelain. He currently serves as the education director for adult programs at Baltimore Clayworks Mt. Washington campus.

 


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Education:

  • Bachelor of Fine Art, Xavier University; Cincinnati, OH

Professional Experience:

  • Education Director, Baltimore Clayworks, Inc.; October 2000 current; Baltimore, MD.  Program coordination; classroom/teacher management; and curriculum development for non-profit ceramic arts center.

  • Artist in Residence, Baltimore Clayworks, Inc.; May 2000 current; Baltimore, MD.

  • Instructor - potters wheel, Baltimore Clayworks, Inc.; April 2000 - current; Baltimore, MD.

  • Visiting Artist-in-Residence, Tainan University for the Arts, 66 Kuantien, Tachi, Taiwan R.O.C.  – 10 week summer studio artist-in-residence.

  • Internship, Baltimore Clayworks, Inc.; February April 2000

  • 2009 - Workshop Instructor, Landscape & Texture, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY

  • 2008 - Workshop Instructor, Teapots Intensive, Harford Community College, Bel Air, MD

  • 2008 - Workshop Instructor, Landscape & Texture, Columbia Art Center, Columbia, MD

  • 2008 - Workshop Instructor, Landscape & Texture, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY

  • 2007 - Workshop Instructor, Love Handles, The Lancaster Clay Studio, Lancaster, PA

  • 2006 - Workshop Instructor, Altered Function, The Baltimore Potters Guild, Baltimore, MD

  • 2004 - Workshop Instructor, Cups for Drinking, Pots for Pouring, Long Beach Island Foundation for the Arts and Sciences.  Loveladies, NJ

Exhibitions:

2009

  • Adorned: Tables Dressed with Functional Ceramics, curators John Wilson & Sara Barnes, Meredith Gallery, Baltimore, MD www.meredithgallery.com

  • Gifted: the Clay Studios Annual Holiday Exhibition, invitational group exhibition, The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA www.theclaystudio.org/exhibitions/gifted09.php

  • Home Sweet Home, invitational exhibition of functional ceramics, Pelham Art Center, Pelham, NY www.pelhamartcenter.org/home/index.cfm

  • 30 x 5, invitational group exhibition, AKAR, Iowa City, IA www.akardesign.com

  • Drink: Functional Forms for Every Libation, 2nd Lillstreet International, juried exhibition by Beth Lo, Lillstreet Art Center, Chicago, IL, www.lillstreet.com

  • 17th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National, juried national exhibition by Peter Pinnell, Market House Crafts, Lancaster, PA, www.strictlyfunctionalpotterynational.net

  • On Horizons: Matthew Hyleck, solo exhibition, Baltimore Clayworks Solo Gallery, Baltimore, MD www.baltimoreclayworks.org

  • Biennial Juried Ceramics Exhibition, NAU Art Museum, Northern Arizona University, Juried by Kurt Weiser, Flagstaff, AZ www4.nau.edu/art_museum

  • Matthew Hyleck: Field in Flux, solo exhibition, Clay Art Center Choy Gallery & Henrys Project, Port Chester, NY, www.clayartcenter.org

  • Jersey Shore Clay National, national exhibition juried by Jeff Guido, m.t. burton gallery, Surf City, NJ, www.mtburtongallery.com

  • Explorations in Clay: Matthew Hyleck, Maggie Chreshkoff & Kevin Lehman, invitational 3 person exhibition, curator Jim McFarland, Chesapeake Gallery, Harford Community College, Bel Air, MD, www.harford.edu/gallery

  • NCECA 2009 Clay National Biennial, international juried exhibition open to all NCECA members, Arizona State University Ceramic Research Center, Phoenix, AZ, www.nceca.net

  • Under Cover, national invitational exhibition, Clay Art Center, Port Chester, NY, www.clayartcenter.org

  • Teapots IV, national juried group exhibition by David MacDonald, Baltimore Clayworks Gallery, Baltimore, MD, www.baltimoreclayworks.org

 

2007

  • Cups of Blessing, invitational group exhibition, Patrick Caughy curator, Carroll County Arts Council, CARR Gallery, Westminster, MD

  • National Juried/Invitational Cup Show, invitational group exhibition, Deborah Seigel curator, Isadore Gallery, Lancaster, PA

  • Intimate Vessels: Cups, Tumblers and Teabowls, invitational group exhibition, John Wilson curator, Jenison-Meacham Art Center, Belmond, IA

  • Tabletops, invitational group exhibition, Long Beach Island Foundation of the Arts and Sciences, Loveladies, NJ

  • 15th Annual Strictly Functional Pottery National , juried national exhibition by Malcolm Davis, Market House Craft Center, Lancaster, PA

  •  From the Earth, invitational group exhibition NCECA, sponsored by the University of Kentucky College of Agriculture, University of Kentucky Art Museum, Lexington, KY

  • The New Aesthetics of Functional Ceramics, invitational group exhibition, Huntington University, Hungtington, IN

  • Resident Artists of Baltimore Clayworks, NCECA group exhibition, Clifton Center, Louisville, KY

  • Landscape and Nature: a view from Maryland, juried invitational exhibition celebrating the 25th anniversary of Marylands Sister State Program with Kanagawa, Japan, The Earth Plaza Gallery, Yokohama, Japan

  • 100 Teapots III, juried group exhibition by Julia Galloway, Baltimore Clayworks Gallery, Baltimore, MD

2006

  • 40 Under 40, invitational group exhibition featuring ceramics by 40 artists under the age of 40, The Clay Place, Carnegie, PA

  •  Current Work: Functional Pottery by Matt Hyleck, a solo exhibition, The Washington Street Gallery, Lewisburg, WV

  •  Artists of the Baltimore Clayworks, a curated invitational exhibition featuring the work of 8 current and past resident artists at Baltimore Clayworks, m.t. burton gallery, Surf City, NJ

  • Clayworks Conducts, current work 18 Baltimore Clayworks member artists, Lyric Opera House, Baltimore, MD

  • New Directions, current work 13 Baltimore Clayworks resident artists, Baltimore Clayworks Gallery, Baltimore, MD

  • Jersey Shore Clay National, national exhibition juried by Doug Casebeer, m.t. burton gallery, Surf City, NJ

  • The Useful Teapot, national exhibition juried by Ron Meyers, AKAR,  Iowa City, IA

  • The Elegant Table, invitational group exhibition, Peters Valley Craft Center, Layton, NJ

2005

  • Place . . . functional and narrative works in Taiwan, dual exhibition with Mary Cloonan, pieces collected from a 2 month residency at the Tainan University for the Arts, Taiwan. Fugui Gallery, Yingge, Taiwan, R.O.C.

  • Member Artists of Baltimore Clayworks, invitational hosted by Allegany Arts Council, Saville Gallery, Cumberland, M

  • Xavier University Alumni Exhibition, juried exhibition for Art Department Alumni. Xavier University Cincinnati, OH.

  • Maryland Clay, group exhibition of work by Maryland residents, juried by Jimmy Clark. George Peabody Library Exhibition Gallery, Baltimore, MD.

  • Endless Variations: Shino Review 2005, national exhibition curated by Malcolm Davis. Baltimore Clayworks Gallery, Baltimore, MD.

  • Five plus Five, the work of five established artists and their guests. Earth and Fire Gallery, Vienna, VA.

  • Ceramic Artists from the Mid-Atlantic States, Juried exhibition featuring artists from the Mid-Atlantic states. Whitehall Gallery, Annapolis, MD.

  • Clay in Common, member artists exhibition in conjunction with the NCECA conference. Baltimore Clayworks Gallery, Baltimore, MD.

  • Parallel Perspectives: Hyleck3, The Whole Gallery, Baltimore, MD.

  • Its All About Love, juried by Jeanne Quinn, Clayton Staples Art Gallery, Wichita State University, Wichita, KS

2004

  • Xavier University Alumni Exhibition, juried exhibition for Art Department Alumni. Xavier University Cincinnati, OH.

  • Long Beach Island Foundation Faculty Exhibition, invitational exhibition for summer workshop instructors. Long Beach Island Foundation for the Arts and Sciences, Loveladies, NJ

  • 100 Teapots II, national teapot exhibition juried by Gay Smith. Baltimore Clayworks Gallery, Baltimore, MD.

2003

  • Ceramics USA, national exhibition juried by Doug Casebeer. University of North Texas, Denton, TX.

  • Long Beach Island Foundation Faculty Summer Exhibition, invitational exhibit for workshop instructors. Long Beach Island Foundation for the Arts and Sciences, Loveladies, NJ.

  • Functional Ceramics: from Field to Horizon, solo exhibition. Clay Orbit, Cockeysville, MD.

  • Craft National V, national juried exhibition. Lancaster Museum of Art, Lancaster, PA.

  • Everything Boxes: 6 Baltimore artists, invitational exhibition. Clay Orbit Gallery, Cockeysville, MD.

  • Wallworks, national exhibition juried by Michael Sherril. Baltimore Clayworks Gallery, Baltimore, MD.

2002

  • Xavier University Alumni Exhibition, invitational exhibition for Art Department Alumni. Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH.

  • Mastery of Clay: New Work, annual gala/auction donation. The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA.

  • V Annual Teapot Show, national juried exhibition. Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmore, NC.

  • Annual Holiday Exhibition, invitational group exhibition and sale. m.t. Burton Gallery, Surf City, NJ.

  • The Works: 4 Residents of Baltimore Clayworks, a select group of Baltimore Clayworks Member Artists. The Dorchester Arts Center, Inc., Cambridge, MD.

2001

  • Annual Holiday Exhibition, invitational group exhibition and sale. m.t. burton gallery, Surf City, NJ.

  • The Hand Held Cup Show, a national juried exhibition. The Odyssey Gallery, Asheville, NC.

  • Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, an exhibition featuring 10 selected artists from the Baltimore Clayworks, Inc.  Washington County Museum of Fine Arts, Hagerstown, MD.

  • Dangerous Curves, member artist exhibition of functional and sculptural works. Baltimore Clayworks Gallery, Baltimore, MD.

  • Baltimore Clayworks: Clay in Common, member artist exhibition in conjunction with the NCECA conference; Central Piedmont Community College; Charlotte, NC.

  • 100 Teapots I, national exhibition juried by Peter Pinnell. Baltimore Clayworks Gallery, Baltimore, MD.

2000

  • Focus on Function: The University of Minnesota National Ceramics Biennial, national juried exhibition. University of Minnesota Art Gallery, Minneapolis, MN.

  • Baltimore Clayworks: Then and Now, a Baltimore Clayworks retrospective celebrating its 20th anniversary. Baltimore Clayworks Gallery,  Baltimore, MD.

 

Awards and Grants:

  • 2009 1st Prize Jersey Shore Clay National, m.t. burton gallery May

  • 2009 Outstanding Functional Pot Merit Award by Trax Gallery NCECA 2009 CN Biennial

  • 2009 Skutt Kilns Purchase Award NCECA 2009 CN Biennial

  • 2008 - Honorable Mention Jersey Shore Clay National, m.t. burton galleryMay

  • 2008 - Emerging Artist selection - Ceramics MonthlyMay

  • 2008 - Certificate of Merit 16th SFPN, Members of Central PA Potters Group - January

  • 2007 - 2nd Place,15th SFPN, Bailey Pottery Equipment & Market House Craft - January

  • 2007 - Maryland State Arts Council, Individual Artist Grant Award in Visual Arts: Crafts

  • 2006 - Purchase Award, Jersey Shore Clay National, m.t. burton gallery May

  • 2005 - Maryland State Arts Council, Individual Artist Grant Award in Visual Arts: Crafts

  • 1998 - Honorable Mention, S.H.O.W. (So Heres Our Work),  Norfolk, VA

  • 1997 - Award of Excellence, Annual Cincinnati Craft Guild Exhibition, Cincinnati, OH

  • 1995 - The Annual Xavier University Art Award

  • 1993-94 and 1996-97 - Xavier University Trustee Scholarship

  • 1993-94 - Xavier University Academic Grant