Buncrana-based ceramicist & visual artist Matthew Porter is ‘all fired up’ ahead of his first solo exhibition which will be showcased at Artlink Fort Dunree from the 9th December 2021 until 16th January 2022.
A graduate of Crawford College of Art & Design in Cork, Matthew returned home to Donegal in 2017 to set up a studio and his own business ‘Púca Pottery’ which sells modern ceramics inspired by nature and organic form.
Indeed, the majority of Matthew’s ceramic pieces & artwork are inspired by our ancient past and the hauntingly beautiful landscapes of Inishowen.
They include works based on its enchanting woodlands & wildlife, and a spectacular & rugged coastline which has been carved out for millennia by fierce winds and heavy Atlantic swells.
Matthew first found his passion for working with clay as a teenager studying Fine Art at the North West Regional College in Derry and he later specialised in ceramics and glass whilst undertaking his degree in Contemporary Applied Art at the Crawford College of Art & Design in Cork.
During his degree he also won a scholarship to Shanghai University in China to study cast glass. Since moving back to Donegal he has supported his growing business by delivering beginner ceramics workshops and creating commissioned public artworks.