Jorge Mata studied pottery at Plymouth College of Art (PCA) and has been making ceramic artwork for 6 years. He founded the S.K.U.L.P.T Workshop at Carey’s Home & Garden, on Portishead High Street, 2 years ago, where he offers pottery lessons to both amateur and experienced potters. He takes commissions and sells both sculptures and functional pottery.
When Jorge first started out as a ceramic sculptor, his focus was on making large, statement pieces, highly abstract and sometimes controversial, in order to provoke an emotional response from the viewer. Even though he enjoys this more abstract approach to ceramic art, he currently prefers the repetition and finesse that comes with making functional pottery.
Mata's current style of work often employs finishes in rustic, earthy colours and physically draws inspiration from techniques such as ‘kurinuki’ which is a Japanese style of making. Over time, his work evolves and changes incrementally as he continues to experiment with new techniques and glazes, ensuring that he is always making something new and exciting.
You can watch Jorge in action and see his working process and approach, as well as keeping up to date with his latest pieces by following him on Instagram (link at top of page).