Frequently using tiles and letterforms to tell the stories of people and places, Matthew Raw is a ceramics artist who seeks to push the possibilities of clay to communicate, and to challenge public perceptions of what it can do as a material.
Based in East London, he is a founder of Manifold Studio, an artistic collective of nine RCA graduates, and has participated in group shows, collaborative projects and exhibitions in London, Munich, Copenhagen, Detroit and more. He collected the Jerwood Prize in 2014, he has recently been working with architecture collective Assemble for an Art on the Underground project at Seven Sisters Tube Station. Matthew shares his skills and vision by running frequent public workshops in ceramics – notably during his six-month residency at the V&A’s Ceramics Studio, where he began pulling together the ideas for his first UK solo show. During London Craft Week in May 2017, the Ragged School Museum in Mile End will play host to ‘CLAD’ – an exhibition of eight sculptural works exploring Britain’s historic relationship to craft cultures that will see Matthew running mobile workshops on a converted barge.