About Matt Davis; Design & Craft for Interiors & Architecture


 

As the vessel can be seen as a pivotal marker in the development of civilisation, this work aims to mark society in the Information Age.

Pastiche archetypal forms are created by combining computers with traditional techniques and result in parody by using high technology to make ‘lo-tech’ artefacts.

The immortalisation of intangible code via transmutation of organic matter is central to the work’s theme of dualism and paradoxically presents virtual forms in physical reality.

While augmenting dialogues concerning the handmade versus machine the intention is to confront perceptions of digital tooling in relation to Craft.

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After 15 years in the digital design field Matt Davis returned to follow his initial passion for clay which resulted in 1st class honours with a Masters in Design.

Since graduating in 2016 the work has been featured in books by Sasha Wardell (Procelain and Bone China (Second Edition) Crowood) and Louisa Tayor (Ceramics Mastercalss, Thames & Hudson). It has also published in such magazines as Wallpaper*, Financial Times ‘How to spend it’, Architectural Digest (Germany) and Elle Decoration.

In 2019 Davis registered his designs for the first modular 3D, geometic tiles in the UK with the Intellectual Property Office. These have subsequently been commissioned by the St. Austell Bay Trust for permanent public installation in 2020.

Works are currently held in private collections and in the permanent collection at the Potteries Museum in Stoke-on-Trent.

Selected Awards:
Future Heritage 2017

Heal’s Discovers 2017
CPA: Emmanuel Cooper Prize 2017
Richard Seager Bursary Award 2016

Selected exhibitions



2020:
Tremen Public Art Comission. St. Austell, Cornwall
Beyond Piranesi Comission. Dublin Castle (postponed till 2021)

2019:
London Art Fair. Represented by Cynthia Corbett Gallery
Collect, Saatchi Gallery. Represented by Cynthia Corbett Gallery
Also moved house & built a studio.

2018:
Collect. Saatchi Gallery. Represented by Cynthia Corbett Gallery
Cynthia Corbett Gallery Summer Exhibition. Pall Mall, London
Doddington Hall Sculpture Biennial. Lincoln.
Ceramic Art London. Central St. Martins, London
MIAR Arts. 9a, Hove Place, Brighton

2017:
Decorex; Future Heritage. Syon Park, London

Heals Discovers 2017. Heals, London
ECAlab Collaboration. RIBA North, Liverpool
New Designers; One Year On. Business Design Centre, London
Ceramic Art London. Central St. Martins, London
Rising Stars 2017. New Ashgate gallery, Farnham

2016:
Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair. Manchester
Handmade in Britain. Chelsea Town Hall, London
Art in Clay. Pottery & Ceramics Festival, Hatfield House
New Designers. Business Design Centre, London