June 2009 - Current ~ Akira Satake Ceramics - Studio Director
January 2011 - June 2012 ~ Hank Goodman Stoneware - Apprentice Engineer
March 2009 - August 2010 ~ Black Mountain Studios - Studio Assistant
Matt Wegleitner’s creative expression started at a young age and continued to develop in various mediums throughout his life. In High School he took nearly every art class available, some of them repeatedly, including drawing, painting, ceramics, and photography. Upon arriving to the Western North Carolina area in early 2009, he began making functional wheel-thrown vessels and was shortly after introduced to the woodfiring process. After a few years of experimenting in functional ceramics he felt his creative expression called for something else…something more personal and expressive.
Matt developed a self-taught hand-building technique during the winter months of 2013. All his sculptures are assembled at his studio/gallery, ClaySpace Co-op, located in Asheville's River Arts District. To complete his work he participates in group wood firings at Josh Copus’s land project in Marshall, NC and has been involved in over 30 firings in his career. His current body of work consists of eight different series of sculpture, which all feature their own inspirations and design aesthetics; Balance, Companion, Crater, Moab, Momentum, Riptide, Support, and Tower.
Notably, Matt has his work in several private collections, and was also an invitee to the 2015 & 2016 Annual Potters Market Invitational at the Mint Museum in Charlotte, NC.
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