Matthew was born and educated in Preston, Lancashire; both his parents work in education and are practicing ceramicists. It therefore seemed a natural career progression for Matthew to follow in their steps. Currently Matthew is the Artist in Residence at Giggleswick School. After starting in 2014 he has developed his own style in earthenware ceramics, taking inspiration from the potters of medieval Britain. Matthew takes great pleasure from working on a large scale to demonstrate his knowledge of the material. Most recently Matthew appeared on ‘The Great Pottery Throw Down’, a series from the makers of ‘The Bake Off’ focussing on the challenges of studio pottery. After 6 episodes he managed to win by showing his “affinity with clay.” As well as Matthew’s passion for ceramics, he is also an avid cyclist; often seen in the Dales clocking up his weekly mileage. He recently completed a personal challenge for charity, cycling solo from John O’Groats to Africa in 22 days.