Showcasing the Arts


2016 Governor's Awards in the Arts:
Award Artist




Bardstown, Ky.

Matthew Gaddie has been a full-time studio ceramic artist since 2007. He was an adjunct professor of art at St. Catharine College in Springfield since 2007 until its recent closing. In 2003, he received his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramics from the University of Evansville and in 2016 completed the Master of Fine Arts in Studio Ceramics at Hood College, in Frederick, Md.

From 2007 to 2010, Gaddie put his professional emphasis on designing and building his 37-ton wood kiln and 1,400-square-foot studio/gallery. These facilities allowed him to begin retail sales, teach classes and conduct national workshops. He has led numerous workshops at the state and the national levels. Gaddie has also worked with high school students in various art programs throughout the Commonwealth. Most recently he taught a graduate level workshop with a focus on kiln building at Hood College. In 2014, Gaddie was recognized as one of the 100 most notable wood fired potters worldwide in a book by New York author Amedeo Salamoni.

While maintaining a full craft show schedule, Gaddie’s juried exhibition record is growing rapidly and he is receiving national recognition for his ceramic vessels. He has cultivated a national reputation for his kiln building knowledge and construction skill. In 2014, he received the prestigious award for the Best of Show (Kentucky Crafted: The Market) from the Kentucky Arts Council. Recently Gaddie was invited to display his work at the St. Petersburg’s International Wood Fired Pottery Invitational Exhibition. He has also built numerous kilns for other potters and universities across the eastern United States, with four builds in 2015. He has been a demonstrator and presenter at The Brockway Center for Arts and Technology in Brockway, Pa. He was commissioned by Centre College to create ceremonial tea bowls for a Japanese delegation that visited the United States in 2015. In March 2015 Gaddie assisted international kiln builder Robert Sanderson in a National Conference for the Education of the Ceramic Arts post-conference workshop at Hood College. The workshop focused on the construction of eco-friendly wood kilns. In 2016 Gaddie installed a large wall piece consisting of seven separate sculptures that described the process of creating bourbon in the visitor’s center at Four Roses Distillery.





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