Stephanie Jane Matthews was born in Chorley, Lancashire, in 1965. Her love of Art developed from birthday cards she received at the age of 7. Realising these cards were 'an Art Form' she began a journey to create.
After leaving school with O Levels and a Grade B in Art, she continued with drawing, painting and undertaking commissions.
In 2008 - 2011 she studied BA(Hons)Fine Art at the University of Central Lancashire. During her first year she applied for and obtained a commission to paint a 20’ Wall Mural at Preston North End. Private commissions for Wall Murals followed, and so too did other commissions. However, her real passion was unearthed whilst studying, which was clay and sculpture. She used the BA(hons)Fine Art course to develop as a Sculptor.
"The feel of clay takes me to another world where anything is possible, its limits are endless. It’s good to have a plan but it’s also good to let the clay do what it wants to do and not predict the end result."
Having specialised in portraiture sculpture and developed many skills and techniques in how she works Stephanie was keen to broaden her knowledge with clay and began studying for an M.A. in ceramics at the University of Central Lancashire (2016 to present).
In January 2018 she opened her studio in Worden Arts & Crafts Centre, Worden Park, Leyland, Preston. PR25 3BD. From here she creates a wide range of subjects including animals, portraiture and ceramic functional ware.
"I like to work loose and keep the clay fresh to capture an essence of the subject."
Being commissioned by Gorilla Glue in September 2018 to create a 6' Gorilla for their new Offices meant that Stephanie was able to work on her passion of large scale. The piece was finished within 6 weeks enabling Castle Fine Art Foundry to then turn it into Bronze (resin).
Stephanie continues to work from her studio where she undertakes commissions large and small, and has a wide selection of work available to buy.
Courses run through the year from beginner to experienced.
"I love to work on a large scale, it creates a fantastic sense of freedom."