Above: Buddhist Basketball Beads, Collaboration with Keaton Wynn, Reflections from the West, Lanzhou City University Art Gallery, Lanzhou, China, 2015
"What I particularly admire in Matthew Courtney's approach to clay is his honesty to it's essential nature. He seems to revel in all of clay's characteristics and foibles-fragility, multiple production, spontaneity, the various steps of the process of working and firing a piece, clays annoying tendency to assert itself at inopportune moments - and somehow manages to show all to best advantage. The easy simplicity with which he uses all of these things at once in a piece is a delight to see." Bruno Laverdiere, Catalog for "Artists Choose Artists", Lake George Arts Project, Lake George NY.