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Having employed a wide variety of kiln-formed glass techniques for over twenty years, currently, Gayle Matthias is the Course Leader, BA (Hons) Craft and Material Practices at Arts University Plymouth.  Her practice led research explores personal narratives of corporeal and geographical abjection, employing waste materials in mixed media assemblages. 


Formerly, Gayle was a member of Autonomatic research group at Falmouth University, engaged in collaborative research with Tavs Jorgensen.  Having established a new method for creating glass moulds directly from 3D CAD files without requiring a physical pattern, a process known as Rapid Tooling. They worked with the Royal Free Hospital to develop moulds to grow human cells for replacement body parts.


Selected Conference Papers

Sept 2023        Clean-Up Workers (Deluxe Series): The Embodiment of Waste Values and

                      Aesthetics. [Arts] 2023, 12(5), 204;

May 2021         Embodied Narratives: A dialogue between Dr Erin Dickson and Gayle

                       Matthias, Glass Art Society Virtual Conference 2021

Jan 2019          S-O-T Body Repairs: Narrative Pursuits, [Arts] Manuscript ID: arts-414897;

                       doi: 10.3390/arts8010016

March 2015      Material Matters mini conference, skype presentation.  Emily Carr

                       University, Vancouver, Canada


Sept 2014        Glass in Science and Conservation (Glassac 14) International Conference in

                       Durham, ‘Research into 3D Printed Glass Investment Casting Moulds’


July 2014          Making Futures Volume III, Interfaces Between Craft Knowledge and Design:                         New Opportunities for Social Innovation & Sustainability,  ISSN 2042-1664

                       Available at :


July 2014          Design Journal vol 17, issue 3 PP455-472, Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, 2014,                            New Approaches in Glass Investment Casting - Creative Practitioners                                  Researching and Innovating in the Field of Digital Fabrication’, Matthias GE                          and Jorgensen T


March 2014      Glass Mould Innovation Through Collaborative Research, Glass Art Society                              Conference, Chicago, Matthias GE and Jorgensen T.  Available in glass Art

                       Society Journal 2015


Sept 2013        ‘Making Futures’ conference at Plymouth College of Art and Design

                       ‘Reflections on a collaborative research project in digital moulding for glass

                       casting and artistic interpretations’ Matthias GE and Jorgensen T


April 2013        'Crafting the Future’, the 10th European Academy of Design(EAD), Gothenburg.                        ‘New Approaches in Glass Investment Casting - Creative Practitioners

                        Researching and Innovating in the Field of Digital Fabrication’, Matthias GE

                        and Jorgensen T


Jan 2012          ‘Towards a New Ceramic Future’, research presentation, ‘Combining                                     Ready-mades with Digital Printing’, V & A, Matthias GE and Jorgensen T   

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