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 Matt Lovein  (1949 - )

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Lived/Active: California/Hawaii      Known for: ceramic-raku objects

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This biography from the Archives of AskART:
The following biography is taken from information provided to AskART by LeKae Gallery of Scottsdale, Arizona.

Formerly in business as a design engineer and wood worker, he turned to the potter's wheel and the making of raku. Some of his more popular objects are called "Wish Keepers" that have suspended inner chambers for keeping written wishes.

He was born January 14, 1949 in Hawaii and settled in Holualoa, a farming town on the slopes of Hualalai Mountain above Kailua-Kona, Hawaii. He first became interested in artistic expression through wood carving when he was age twelve, and later turned to charcoal and pastels to reflect his deep interest and reverence for nature. However, the primary focus of his art career has been the making of Raku, with designs ranging from Oriental to classic and sizes from small to nearly six feet. Raku is an ancient Japanese technique of producing clay objects with high sand content by baking them at high heat and removing them red hot with tongs rather than letting them cool in the kiln.

For training in sculpture and ceramics, he attended the Southern California Institute of Art

Biography from The Marshall - LeKAE Gallery:
Born January 14, 1949, the artist, along with his artist wife, Mary, resides in the coffee-farming town of Holualoa, located on the slopes of Hualalai Mountain, above Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii.

Mr. Lovein was educated as a design engineer. He owned an operated a furniture design and manufacturing business in California, before moving to Hawaii in 1989. His experience spanned more than thirty years, before he discovered his natural gift for creating art out of clay.

He remembers, “I first became excited about art at the age of twelve. I used the medium of charcoal and pastels to capture inspirations during my nature walks.” He was also interested in photography and liked creating metal etchings and doing woodcarving. Currently, the artist is focused on both the Raku style of firing and colorfully glazed high-fired works.

His ceramic forms are original, yet classical, often with an Oriental flavor. He is also working with various metals, incorporating them as embellishments to his designs.

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