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Kevin Matthews Pottery Brainerd - Common Ground Lakeland PBS

Potter artist Kevin Matthews owner of Kevin Matthews Pottery shares his pottery experience from his clay studio in Brainerd Lakes. The pottery shop and studio is still in the same location just North of the NP event center on Washington Street (Hwy 210) in NE Brainerd. This is where Kevin will share his DIY experience with you. More info

Kevin Matthews Pottery - Where Artistic Meets Functional


Where an Artistic Kevin meets his creative entrepreneur Kevin and joins the Artrepreneur movement

Where was I when destructive meet dysfunctional, I was Where Artistic Meets Functional on the path of perfecting, perfectionism with total disregard to those around me and myself. As I felt the cold steal of obscurity while reading anything that might escape my reality, the embattled prodigal son, Visionary, suddenly returned after 12 years in the desert. Visionary snached Kevin out of his escape to share a proclaimation of rebirth and hope about a business, the unidentified brand and it's artist. The perfectionist, Kevin, who felt miserable not being perfect and who made others around him miserable when he was perfect, laughed at the Visionary and returned to reading to his mind off.  who at the time, had no idea . returned on the path of perfectionism. The creative writing which precipitated this current rebrand is almost an empty sea of dry salt.

It had been so long since my last euphoric artrepreneur onslaught it took me a while to pinpoint when it happened. It was the December just prior to the birth of the iconic  The creative writing burst I had a couple months ago hasn't come back, I am currentely in a visual creative season and it's been a lot of fun exploring and testing in between my commitments and aches and pains. Talk about pain, my fingers took a beating making ornaments this season and my nerves were on the end of my finger tips which wouldn't be so bad if you didn't need your fingers.

Horse Hair Pottery

Horse hair pottery platter I just completed recently, I really like how the color turned out.


​​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.