Matt Cavallaro 10 ID
Based in Providence, Rhode Island
Matt was the Emerging Artist Award winner at RISD Craft 2016.
What are some things that inspire you in your studio practice?
Most of my aesthetic inspiration comes from natural forms, the cosmos, space travel, and myth. I love stories, and I love objects that can help create or enhance stories - props, costumes, etc. I actually studied Industrial Design thinking that I would go into production design for film...
In my practice I'm really drawn to ancient materials like iron, bronze, wood, and horn. That said, I tend to use a lot more modern materials and tooling in my prototyping. My mind tends to gravitate toward mold-making and casting for a lot of my projects.
Does your current creative practice tie into your time spent at RISD? How so?
Yes, it does. I took a studio course on cast iron as a junior in ID, and I really fell in love with the material and the process. Since then I'd always had it in the back of my mind to make cookware, but didn't really start until a couple years ago... I've actually gone on to teach that course in ID - feels like Top Gun.
I think one of the most important things I learned at RISD (and have since tried to impart on my students) is when to blitz a project, and when to take time with it. My creative practice is a constant effort to try and balance those needs and desires - it's important to not leave something half baked.
Is there a work/body of work that you are particularly excited about sharing with us at RISD Craft this year?
The cookware! And the furniture...
Any recent press/exhibitions/achievements you'd like to share with us?
The International Home and Housewares Show was a pretty big deal. It's a very large home goods trade show in Chicago, and everyone in the industry is there, from cookware, to gadgets, to furnishings. I'd made the decision to show this year, and it was great. I'm glad it went well, and I'm already planning to do it better next year!
To see more of Matt's work, visit nesthomeware.com