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UCLan graduate to Britain's top potter

Matthew Wilcock
Matthew Wilcock

Clay is in Matthew's blood.  The son of two pottery teachers, he first touched wet clay at just 14-weeks-old when his parents made a tiny handprint on a family teapot.

Matthew initially began training as a pilot but decided instead to follow his passion of working with clay.  He began studying for a BA (Hons) Ceramics degree at the University in 2010 where he was able to work using a range of methods including studio, industrial and glaze before specialising in studio ceramics for his final year.

Since graduating, Matthew has completed a PGCE and is now a Ceramic Artist in Residence and art teacher at Giggleswick Boarding School in Settle, North Yorkshire, where he makes and exhibits his own work alongside teaching the pupils. He was also crowned the winner of TV's The Great Pottery Throw Down in 2016.

"Winning the show was amazing," says Matthew. "But going into teaching is a fantastic achievement for me, it's a career for life. I love meeting new people and watching their creativity develop."