Kevin Matthews Pottery aka KMPottery was established November 2009. The original business model Diversity was the deciding factor which lead to a major decision early in 2010 when Kevin decided that KMPottery would implement and test a small sampling of Paint Your Own Pottery pieces using standard PYOP glazes as the medium for painting. We stocked 8 glazes and 15 pieces to choose from and put the service to test. Read "Create the Memories that Last".
November 24th (Small business Saturday), 2018, represented the first day of our tenth year in business as Kevin Matthews Pottery, supplying wholesale and retail products and DIY services in Brainerd and the start of an extensive rebrand, new services and classes, a new website and another URL and adding three new goals: an upgrade in our POS system, an investor or partner and expand with another medium. Currently, Kevin Matthews Pottery and Glaze 2 Amaze offer, my studio services to your event, party and business location, mobile services such as pottery wheel and paint your own pottery activities, wholesale and retail services, installation and exhibit displays.
With no location or license to operate requests for birthday parties continued until we opened. After opening requests for services continued with the additions of; Girls night, Team building, social gatherings, boy scouts, girl scouts, baby showers, family outings, hunting widows and more birthday parties. I was running this through my head daily for a solution that would potentially address consumer, economical, spacial and time constraint requirements. Diversity in the Brainerd Lakes Area was the deciding factor and in May of 2010 the the PYOP service of Kevin Matthews Pottery was established and branded as "Glazed and Amazed", Kevin never referred to it as a Paint Your Own Pottery until the service got rebranded. In January of 2012 KMPottery announced the rebranded name as "Glaze 2 Amaze - Create the Memories that Last". In May of 2012 Glaze 2 Amaze introduced the two Gnome identifiers we still use today. The Gnomes which are the creative property of Kevin Matthews Pottery are currently going through some minor changes and role revisions, stay tuned.
In my work, I personally attend to each step of the creative process I use 5 glazing techniques and firing processes to create functional and decorative pottery. This awareness to attention includes throwing, glazing, and firing each piece of my artwork. Today, I am currently exploring traditional Indian Horse Hair Pottery. These pieces offer the user a choice to display the piece as art, or to use it for its functionality with dry arrangements. I like to work in both the abstract and the representational.
Various Native American tribes, in addition to the Navajo, make distinctively fascinating pottery known as horsehair pottery. Horsehair pottery is actually an ancient process, and results in beautiful as well as cherished items of art. It’s said that horsehair pottery was initially stumbled on by a pueblo artisan whose lengthy tresses blew up against new pottery she was extracting of a very hot kiln. The hair stuck and quickly carbonized. The outcome was so fascinating that she copied it using hairs from a horse’s tail. Experience horse hair pottery at our arts and crafts store located in the Brainerd Lakes Area near several of the areas top resorts.
Kevin shares the total experience starting with wet clay on the wheel.