Artist/Designer, Matthew Cummings Studios
Matthew Cummings is a contemporary art, glass and craft beverage fiend operating out of Knoxville, TN. Matthew has a whooping nine years of higher education in glass sculpture, receiving a BFA from Centre College, Post Bacc from Appalachian Center for Craft, and a MFA from Illinois State University. While not brewing test batches for his upcoming Brewery, he is found at his glassblowing/sculpture studio. He leads a dual life, one foot firmly planted in the Contemporary Glass Art scene, and one foot drunkenly shuffling through the Craft Alcohol/Glassware Design world; while allowing each sphere of interests to inform the other. His functional glassware designs are sculptural in nature, and take into account the physical aspects of consumption; while his artwork slowly unravel layers of detail that encourage everyday interaction. Both realms are heavily influenced by a stubborn insistence on research and empirical knowledge. The science of Aesthetics and the science of Taste being two sides to the same coin of human experience and are often interchangeable. Highbrow Beer and Accessible Art are his primary motivations.
The Moon is my Scholar Rock
BY MATTHEW CUMMINGS
@ VOL 18
ON FEB 11, 2016
"I was really interested in the challenge of replicating these textures, patterns, and forms of meteorites."
For Matthew Cummings, artwork has always been personal journey for escape and meditation in both the making process and viewing. "The Moon is my Scholar Rock" from PechaKucha Night Knoxville Vol. 18 is a look at the work from his last solo exhibition, 'The Moon is my Gongshi'. This group of work examined the moon as an object of meditation, the tradition of Chinese Scholar Rocks or Gongshi, and the inspiring career of his grandfather-in-law, Charles Bradshaw, who ran the computations department for NASA during the development of Rocket Technology.
This was "PechaKucha of the Day" on Tuesday, May 24th, 2016.
BY MATTHEW CUMMINGS
@ VOL 26
ON FEB 08, 2018
This is the journey of a “classically” trained glassblower into the tipsy world of brewing. Matthew Cummings discusses how those two passions intersect, and why in the hell someone would even think to open a glassblowing studio and brewery together. Craft Beer has become as much a part of my artistic expression as sculpture and glassware design. This is Craft(ed) Beer.