Photography by Hailley Fayle
Matt Cripps was born and raised in Miramichi, NB.
After completing high school he moved to Fredericton where he completed a BA in fine arts at St. Thomas University. Following his undergrad, he began employment at Gallery 78 in Fredericton, NB.
He then completed a two year diploma in Fine Craft: Ceramics at the New Brunswick College of Craft of Design (NBCCD) and a certificate in Advanced Studio Practice program at NBCCD.
He is now the Ceramics Centre at AX, The Arts and Culture Centre of Sussex and is Co-Vice President of CraftNB
My approach to my art and work has been constantly evolving. Depending on what I’m creating I approach it with a different mindset. If I’m creating functional work I think about its function. I contemplate if what I’m creating is something that has a purpose.
When I’m creating sculptural vessels that serve no direct function, I think about the shape, the contours, and its presence. A sculptural vessel regardless of size can hold a presence in a room and achieving that is my mindset when approaching that work.