Featured Artist of the Day ~ Clay Planet's Matt Hoogland, Ceramic Artist and Instructor
My time in the classroom was well spent, earning two consecutive "Best of Show" Honors in ceramic competition, and winning the Senior Fine Art Award. I spent most of my spare time when not in class in the ceramics lab throwing as much as I could, sometimes after school hours had ended. As I like to say, I must have "Mud in the Blood."
I now teach ceramics myself in a weekly class at BHC in Los Gatos CA. I've shown my work in many local galleries, studio sales, and art tours.
Recently I've been concentrating on the wood firing process, and the saggar firing process. I have joined a group of potter friends in constructing two wood burning kilns, a soda kiln, and a salt kiln in the Spring Valley hills outside San Jose CA. Working with my friends to build and fire these kilns from the ground up has been one of the most rewarding ceramic experiences of my life.
My enthusiasm for sharing ideas has inspired my regular teaching habits, and I now include leading off site beach pit firings, and specialty workshops in Saggar firing.
I hope to start my own teaching studio one day. Hopefully I might see some of you there.
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Note: Matt's work is also work is proudly on display in our office, The Kapowich Gallery