Thursday March 14, 2013

WILMINGTON -- Matthew Tell is one of the featured artists exhibiting his functional stoneware, wood- and gas-fired pottery, at the Ann Coleman Gallery, 7 North Main St.

Tell lives and works in Marlboro, where nature surrounds him and inspires his work. This is reflected in the earth tone glazes and overlays which he uses to individualize his pots. A trip to Alaska in 1999 introduced him to new colors and textures to explore in his work. He loves the feeling of creating with his hands, functional vessels and three-dimensional pieces such as ceramic bird baths and stools that enrich peoples everyday lives.

"I work with clay because it is the most direct expressionistic medium I have ever encountered," he said.

Although Tell has a gas kiln, he prefers to fire his pieces in his wood kiln which he built in 1994. "This process closely relates the individual pieces by the fire passing through them in the chamber, leaving behind a surprising story each time."

Tell has been on the managing board of the Vermont Craft Council since 2006. He is a graduate of Marlboro College where he received a bachelor’s in ceramics and art history. For information on workshops he gives and more, visit www.matthewtellpottery.com

The Ann Coleman Gallery is open in March, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday and Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

For information, call 802-379-4305 or visit www.artistAnnColeman.com.