Matthew Gaddie
My studio is located at "The Meadows" (2186 Woodlawn Road, Bardstown, KY 40004), a 315-acre family farm. My work reflects on the ebb and flow of the simple life I grew to admire as a child. My pottery is primarily functional vessels that attempt to communicate the underlying connection I see between the rural, hard working days of my youth and the life I want to live as a potter. The cyclical pattern of throwing, trimming, glazing, and firing are comfortable to a farmed raised laborer who has wonderful memories of planting, weeding and harvesting. In the age of quick marts, high speed connections, fast food, one-stop shopping, I try to live my life slowly and with purpose. In a time of massed produced uniformity I try to create works that are unique, each piece having recorded its own tale of creation, a tale of struggles, of successes, of failures, imperfections and hopes… The human tale. I hope that the quality of my work is subtle and simple and takes time to appreciate. Maybe the first cup of coffee in a handmade mug reminds people, in the hustle of their everyday grind, that things of real value take time. It is my hope that everyone who uses handmade objects will slow down for just a moment to talk, to catch a glimpse of dark soils, to view large open skies, and to connect.


Kentucky Crafted: The Market

Kentucky Proud

Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen

Potters Council


EDUCATION: BACHELOR OF FINE ARTS, Ceramics, University of Evansville

MASTER DEGREE, Hood College, Frederick, Maryland

MASTER OF FINE ARTS/Ceramic Arts Hood College, Frederick, Maryland

GALLERIES: AUGUSTA WOOD, LTD GALLERY 5558 Walnut, Augusta, Mo 53332

KY ARTISAN CENTER AT BEREA 975 Walnut Meadow Road, Berea, KY

HEARTWOOD CONTEMPORARY GALLERY 21 East Main Street, Saluda, NC 28773

NEW MORNING GALLERY 7 Boston Way, Asheville, NC 28803

SOUTHERN POTTERY 3106 Devine Street, Columbia, SC 29205

COMPLETEY KENTUCKY 237 West Broadway, Frankfort, KY

MISSISSIPPI MUD GALLERY 6050 2nd Street, Kimmswick, MO 63053

EDENSIDE GALLERY 1422 Bardstown Road, Louisville, KY 502-459-2787

CRAFT(s) GALLERY 572 South 4th, Louisville, KY 40202

DOVE TAIL ARTS 61 South Seminary, Galesburg, IL

NEW EDITIONS GALLERY 807 Euclid Avenue,Lexington, KY 40502 1-859-266-2766

KENTUCKY BOURBON MARKETPLACE Flaget Avenue, Bardstown, KY 40004

MADE KY (NEW GALLERY!!!) 903 Manchester St., Lexington, KY

BRADLEY JONES CANDLE COMPANY 105 South Elm Grove, Bardstown, KY

LOVE GALLERY ON THE SQUARE, 419 Park Row, Bowling Green, KY