Matt Moulthrop

b. 1977, Atlanta, Georgia


Selected Collections

Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ

Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, PA

Contemporary Museum, Honolulu, HI

Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento, CA

Detroit Institute of the Arts, Detroit, MI

George Bush Presidential Library Museum, College Station, TX

Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA

Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art, Marietta, GA

Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN

Mobile Museum of Art, Mobile, AL

Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI

Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington D.C.

Sam and Alfreda Maloof Foundation, Alta Loma, CA

The Bascom Art Center, Highlands, NC

The Carter Center, Atlanta, GA


Selected Exhibitions

2013 Philip & Matt Moulthrop, del Mano – A Gallery of Fine Contemporary Craft, LLC,

2011 Selected Works, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Moulthrop: A Southern Legacy, Marietta Museum of Art, Marietta, GA

2010 Knock Wood: New Gifts to RAM's Wood Collection, Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI

2009-10 Turned & Sculptured Wood, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2009-10 Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Exposition WEST, Santa Fe, NM

2005-10 Turned Wood-Small Treasures, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2004-10 Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Exposition, Chicago, IL

2005-09 Sculpture Objects & Functional Art Exposition, New York, NY

2008 Philip & Matt Moulthrop: The Legacy Continues, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

Collectors of Wood Art Forum, Scottsdale, AZ

2007-08 Moulthrop Generations: Turned Wood Bowls by Ed, Philip and Matt Moulthrop,

Arizona State University Art Museum, Tempe, AZ

Racine Art Museum, Racine, WI

2007 Turned & Sculptured Wood, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2006 Philip & Matt Moulthrop, del Mano Gallery, Los Angeles, CA

2005-06 Mastercrafts, Gump's, San Fracisco, CA

2005 Collectors of Wood Art Forum, Philadelphia, PA

Turning Point: Inspired by the Edward Jacobson Collection of Turned Wood Bowls, Signature Shop & Gallery, Atlanta, GA

Bentley Projects, Scottsdale, AZ

The Moulthrops: Father and Son, Gump's, San Francisco, CA

Mint Condition Gala: Benefit Auction, Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, NC

The Moulthrops: Ed, Philip and Matt, Bentley Projects, Scottsdale, AZ

2003 Wood Currents, Andora Gallery, Carefree, AZ

Turning, The Moulthrop Legacy: Three Generations of Innovations in Wood,

The Atlanta International Museum of Art & Design, Atlanta, GA

Spotlight on Southern Artists, Atlanta, GA


Selected Publications

2012 20 Best Places For Second Homes, BARRON’S, March 3, 2012

Hunter Underground, Chattanooga Times Free Press, February 12, 2012, at E10.

Underground is February 18, Austin Center, Hunter The Mountain Mirror, February 2012, at B15.

35 Years, My How We’ve Grown, Ocean Reef Press, January 13, 2012, pgs 1, 2.

2011 An American Craft Dynasty, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Living & Arts Section, October 23, 2011, at E1, E3.

“Episode VII: Family”, Craft in America, Public Broadcasting Service, October, 2011. Television.

Family Trees, Robb Report, September 2011, pgs. 40-41.

As the Wood Turns, Men’s Book, Atlanta Magazine, July/August 2011, pg. 30.

2010 Book Review, Moulthrop: A Legacy in Wood, Woodturning Design, Fall 2010, pgs. 32-33.

Spin Doctor, Garden & Gun, Dec. 2009/Jan. 2010, at pgs. 52-53.

2009 The Waiting List: Moulthrop Bowls, Forbes Life, April 2009, at pg. 29.

2008 Wood Worked, Renaissance: Wachovia Wealth Management 4, Magazine, Fall 2008, at pgs 12-13.

Moulthrop Generations: Turned Wood Bowls by Ed, Philip, and Matt Moulthrop, American Craft

Magazine, New York, NY: Vol. 68, No.1 February/March 2008, pp. 82 – 83.

2007 Moulthrop: A Legacy In Wood. Wallace, Kevin. Crescent Hill Books, Louisville, KY.

2005 Marietta Daily Journal. August. " Marietta Artists Continue Renowned Tradition of Woodturning."

Southern Living Magazine. August.

2004 Art & Antiques. September. "SOFA Sports New Buyers."

500 Wood Bowls: Bold & Original Designs Blending Tradition & Innovation. Leier, Ray; Peters, Jan & Wallace, Kevin.

Lark Books, Sterling Publications, New York, NY.

2003 Athens Magazine. October. "The Moulthrops: Three Generations of Woodturners." Hammes, Mary Jessica.

2003 American Woodturner. Summer. "The Three Turners." Cook, Nick.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. April. "A Burnished and Beautiful Legacy." Fox, Catherine.

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. April. "Trio Shares Spotlight in Exhibit." Raines, Laura.

Northside Neighbor/ Marietta Daily Journal. April. "Turning Heads." Millay, Amanda.

Southern Accents Magazine. December. "Family Trees." Flanders, Danny C.


Artist's Statement

Being a third generation wood turner, it seems I have spent my entire life surrounded by wood. As a young adult, I learned that the artistry of woodturning comes not from the hand, but from the eye. Being able to “see” the shape of the bowl has been a legacy and a gift I have tried to improve upon with my own vision and version of style, form, and texture. In my quest to create, I strive to blend both tradition and innovation into an art form that honors my legacy and creates a new one.

Each piece I create is a unique experience for me and hopefully, for the viewer. I endeavor to inject into each one a balance of color and form, shape and substance that fully displays the beauty and richness of the tree. Each tree has a story to tell. Wormholes convey past life, rings communicate growth, and certain colors tell the story of death by lightening or blight. My job is to tell the story in picture book fashion, showing rather than talking, lengthening the life of the tree rather than ending it.

Between the natural and the artificial, there is a bridge made by fusing the innate beauty of the material with the more modern techniques and designs that accentuate the splendor that is turned wood. My hope is to build that bridge for you.


About The Artist

Philip Matthew “Matt” Moulthrop was born in Atlanta, Georgia on November 8, 1977. At the time Matt was born, his grandfather, Ed Moulthrop, was already a well-known artist and craftsman, specializing in large-scale turned wooden vessels. Matt’s father, Philip, had just begun his foray into the art world, turning bowls at night and on the weekends in his garage, while working as an attorney during the day.

At an early age, Matt showed both a love and aptitude for woodturning, accompanying his father to Ed’s workshop. Many Saturdays would find Philip and Ed showing Matt how to hold a hook point or turn a bowl on the lathe. Matt also swept sawdust, emptied trash, and did odd jobs for his grandfather and father.

In Matt’s teens, he continued to spend time at Ed’s workshop, learning the basic techniques of woodturning. Matt would occasionally skip school for a chance to turn bowls at Ed’s house. Thankfully, Matt’s truancy did not affect his grades, and he graduated from the Walker School in 1996. He spent his freshman year at Clemson

University, but later transferred to the University of Georgia, a move that allowed Matt to regularly travel back and forth to Atlanta to work with Ed, and later Philip, who had now become a well-known turner in his own right.

In 2001, Matt graduated from the Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia with a degree in finance. He was also accepted into the Masters in Business MBA) program at the Georgia Institute of Technology. While Matt continued to help Ed, who was now suffering from a neurological condition that affected his balance and

coordination, Matt envisioned that he would one day work in the field of finance, and that woodturning would simply be a nice hobby. However, after embarking on his first job out of college, Matt soon realized that his heart was in woodturning, and that he wished to become a professional woodturner.

Matt entered the Georgia Tech MBA program in 2002. Matt studied during the week and worked in Ed’s former studio and Philip’s studioon the weekends. At the same time, Matt began turning his own work and selling his pieces under his own name at The Signature Shop and Gallery. In 2003, Ed succumbed to his disease, but not before leaving Matt with a love of woodturning and training that would serve as the foundation for Matt’s later work.

In 2004, Matt graduated from his MBA program and built his own studio. Over the next 6 years, Matt worked very hard in his own studio to produce pieces that were worthy of the Moulthrop name. He embraced the traditional shapes of his father and grandfather, while also learning to turn more ellipsoid and chalice-shaped pieces, a departure from the more traditional round form. Matt also worked on improving the finish his family used to coat the bowls, and has succeeded in producing a finish that allows for more shine and translucency in the finished piece. He continues to work on improving the more technical aspects of the bowls, as well as adding his own element of originality to the forms.

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