Mathew’s work draws upon his lifelong fascination with wild animals and the natural world. Each stoneware piece he creates is decorated with applied ceramic underglazes with the aim to capture everyday moments in the lives of animals. By exploring these moments, he aims to provide insight into animal behaviour and how small, often minute changes in body form or expression can convey not only information, but also give insight into an individual's intent, motivation and emotional state.
Mathew's work is strongly informed by his varied life experiences with wild and domestic animals as well as his academic understanding of animal behaviour gained during, and after being awarded his PhD investigating animal personality trait evolution. It was during the early stages of Mathew's academic career that he came to fully appreciate and get excited by the complexities of animal behaviour. Mathew now draws upon these experiences to explore the beauty of the animal form and hopefully reveal something previously unnoticed to the observer.