Originally trained as a carpenter, Mathew comes from a long line of skilled craftsmen and craftswomen.  Seeking an alternate route, he left home to pursue formal schooling and to explore the insides of cubicles.  A chance encounter with a handmade pot in a friend's kitchen led him to the pottery studio and back to the familiarity and satisfaction of working with his hands.  Mathew currently shares a studio with wood-firing potter Mark Shapiro of Western Massachusetts.