This stoneware sculpture by artist Matthew Chambers is destined for our new Making and Creating gallery.

Eclipse Blue fact file

Date

2011

Made from

Stoneware

Made by

Matthew Chambers (b.1975)

Made in

Newport, Isle of Wight

Museum reference

K.2012.73

On display

Making and Creating, Level 3, National Museum of Scotland

Did you know?

The colour is created using oxides and stains added directly to the clay body before the making process.

Eclipse Blue sculpture

Above: Eclipse Blue, stoneware sculpture by Matthew Chambers, Isle of Wight, England, 2011.

Eclipse Blue is constructed from individually hand thrown sections which are sanded and polished before and after the firings to ensure a speckled, smooth and tactile stone like finish. Not simply a designer of conventional ceramic design, Chambers’ work pushes the boundaries with its intricacy and sculptural form. They are minimalist yet complex objects built from layering many sections within a single form. Influenced by constructivism and optical art, he also finds inspiration from modern architecture and design.

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Above: Detail of Eclipse Blue, stoneware sculpture by Matthew Chambers, Isle of Wight, England, 2011.

Eclipse Blueis displayed in the Pushing the Boundaries section of Making and Creating, which showcases makers using advanced technologies as well as makers using traditional methods to produce extraordinary work.

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Above: Detail of Eclipse Blue, stoneware sculpture by Matthew Chambers, Isle of Wight, England, 2011.

About the Artist: Matthew Chambers

Matthew Chambers

Above: Matthew Chambers, courtesy of the New Craftsman Gallery, St Ives.

Chambers began his creative journey in 1993 by training in handmade tableware at a local pottery school under the guidance of potter Philip Wood. After graduating with an MA from the Royal College of Art, London, he now works from his Newport studio on the Isle of Wight.

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