Gayle Matthias

Job title
Senior Lecturer, Contemporary Crafts
01326 255845

Gayle Matthias joined Falmouth as a Senior Lecturer on the BA(Hons) Contemporary Crafts course at the beginning of 2004. Gayle specialises in kiln-formed glass processes and besides her teaching has been a practicing maker for 20 years, exhibiting nationally and internationally. She has work in the permanent collections of the V&A, Musee de Vianne and Ebeltoft Museum of Glass amongst others, and has also been an artist in residence in France and USA. Examples of her work can be found in many glass publications including Techniques in Kiln-Formed Glass by Keith Cummings and Contemporary International Glass by Jennifer Opie.

Gayle’s entry for The Glass Sellers Prize for Engraving was highly commended. She has taught on glass courses at Wolverhampton University, Westminster Adult Education Service, Central St Martins, North East Wales Institute and Barnet College. Gayle also worked in the Gallery Education Department of the Crafts Council for over ten years, assisting and running workshops and gallery tours and supporting a series of Higher Education conferences. Gayle has collaborated with the artist, Aron McCartney, providing a case study for PhD paper, The Development and Utilization of Ceramic Shell Mould Techniques and Mould Surface Release Agents in the Design and Forming of Small Scale Studio Hot Glass, 2001. Currently engaged in research into glass casting combined with digital technologies, Gayle has taught in adult and higher education for over 12 years.


YearQualificationAwarding body
BA Hons 3D Design: Glass
Stourbridge College of Technology and Art, Council for National Academic Awards

Honours and awards


The Craft Skills Award


Worshipful Company of Glass Sellars, Glass Engraved Award, Highly Commended

Research interests

Research interests and expertise

Gayle Matthias's research is focused on exploring the relationship between materials and the body. In recent projects this has included appropriating elements of danger associated with glass, the precarious and delicate nature of supporting structures and our personal connection with everyday objects. In drawing on these material aspects, Gayle aims to intensify an audience’s physical engagement with her work. Using distorted and deliberately broken forms she purposely allows the viewer access to internal layers and cavities in the materials. Traversing low tech constructions and digital moulding, Gayle uses a range of digital and more traditional technologies, from 3D scanning and RP moulding to kiln-formed glass casting in order to research viable methods for direct translation of 3D computer drawings into glass objects. 

Research centre and group affiliations


Research topics

Rapid Prototype Moulding
Kiln Formed Glass
Glass Casting
Ceramic Shell

Research outputs

Publications and research outputs


Matthias, Gayle and Jorgensen, Tavs (2014) New Approaches in Glass Investment Casting- Creative Practitioners Researching and Innovating in the Field of Digital Fabrication. The Design Journal, 17 (3). pp. 455-471. ISSN 1460-6925

Conference or Workshop Item

Matthias, Gayle and Jorgensen, Tavs (2013) Reflections on a collaborative research project in digital moulding for glass casting and artistic interpretations. In: Making Futures Volume III Interfaces Between Craft Knowledge and Design: New Opportunities for Social Innovation & Sustainability, Mount Edgcumbe, Cornwall, UK.

Matthias, Gayle and Jorgensen, Tavs (2012) Glass Investment Casting with 3D Printed Models. In: Towards a New Ceramic Future, V&A, London.
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Matthias, Gayle (2014) Anatomical Deconstruction VII. [Artwork]

Matthias, Gayle (2012) Anatomical Deconstruction V. [Artwork]

Matthias, Gayle (2010) Sink II: ceramic and glass sculpture. [Artwork]


Matthias, Gayle, English, Claire and Bunnell, Katie (2014) All Makers Now? pop up exhibition supporting the conference. [Exhibition]



Glass in Science and Conservation (Glassac 14) International Conference in Durham, 'Research into 3D Printed Glass Investment Casting Moulds', Matthias GE & Jorgensen T, research presentation


Autonomatic, All Makers Now? conference. Pop-up exhibition coordinator and curator (May-July)


‘Towards a New Ceramic Future’ symposium at the V & A, ‘Combining Ready-mades with Digital Printing’, Matthias GE and Jorgensen T, research presentation by invitation

Externally funded research grants information

Year startingYear endingProject titleFunderValueCollaboratorsHESA Category
Rapid Tooling for Glass Casting
Z Corporation US

Z Corporation US


Areas of teaching

Kiln formed glass
Model and Moulding
Digital Craft

Courses taught

Contemporary Crafts, PGCHE

CPD delivered

Learning and Teaching Fellowship, 'Empowering Students Through Learning Styles Applications', resulted in a poster presentation at Falmouth Learning & Teaching Day in 2008.  Gayle also taught Learning Styles on the PGCHE course at Falmouth University between 2009 and 2013.

Professional engagement