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April 6-16: Professional potter displays work

FREDERICK, Md.—A professional potter who works in the studio he built on his family’s farm in Kentucky will showcase his work in an exhibit at Hood College April 6-16.

Matthew Gaddie’s “A Potter in the Meadows” exhibit will be on display in the Hodson Gallery in the Tatem Arts Center 9 a.m.-7 p.m. daily. According to Gaddie, in a time of mass-produced uniformity, his routine is to create works that are unique, each piece having recorded its own tale of creation, a human tale of struggles, successes, failures, imperfections and hopes.

Gaddie has been an adjunct instructor in art at St. Catharine College in Springfield, Ky., since 2010 and a full-time studio ceramic artist since 2007. He earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in ceramics from the University of Evansville in Evansville, Ind., in 2003 and his Master of Arts in studio ceramics from Hood College in 2009. He is also currently completing thesis writing and is on schedule to earn his Master of Fine Arts from Hood in the spring 2016.

Building his own 37-ton wood kiln and 1,400-square-foot studio allowed him to begin retail sales, teaching classes and conducting national workshops. In 2014, Gaddie was recognized as one of 100 of the most notable wood-fired potters worldwide in a book by New York author and potter Amedeo Salamoni.

In 2014, he received the award for the Best of Show from the Kentucky Arts Council. In 2015, the Kentucky Arts Council granted him Kentucky’s most prestigious commission. He will be creating 12 large, wood-fired ceramic platters that will be awarded as governor’s awards in the fall 2016.

A reception will take place April 8 from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Hodson Gallery with a gallery talk at 6:30 p.m. For more information, contact Lisa York at