Matt Hallyburton's work begins with the digging of native clay from creek beds and foothills in Alexander County, North Carolina. These wild, unrefined clays have a strong workable body, and offer the final piece a sense of place. Once the wet clay is mixed into a consistent slurry it will then be transferred to drying racks until it reaches the correct moisture level for turning on the wheel.
The surfaces of the pots are achieved by layering glazes and letting the flame of a wood burning kiln make its mark. The goal is to create something that is challenging and beautiful at the same time. All of the work is hand thrown by Matt in Durham, NC.