- Matthew Lovein
January 14, 1949, artist, Matthew Lovein, along with his artist wife, Mary, resides
in the coffee farming town of Holualoa, located on the slopes of Hualalai Mountain, above Kailua-Kona on the Big Island of Hawaii.
- Matthew Lovein remembers, “I first became excited about art as a child. Both of my
parents loved to paint with oils. I used the medium of charcoal and
pastels to capture inspirations during my nature walks.” He learned
photography from his father, Elvin Oscar Lovein in their home
darkroom. As a boy, Matthew also created metal etchings and wood
carvings. As an adult, he worked in the engineering department in a
California Water District. Soon
after meeting Mary from Maui, he made a decision to work for himself.
He opened a full service wood working shop where he constructed free
standing furniture as well as high end custom kitchen designs.
- He began working
with clay and the potter’s wheel as a hobby and got more serious when he
studied Raku Ceramics at Laguna College of Art. Matthew Lovein has
become an accomplished artist, creating sculptures of clay, glass, metal
or combinations of those elements. His ceramic forms, which are
original, yet, classical looking, often have an Oriental flavor.
- Matthew Lovein’s
signature piece, called the Wish Keeper is his original design
and concept which first began in 1992. Mary explained, “He woke me in
the night and said, ‘I’m going to make a Wish Keeper. I’ve seen
it in a dream’.”
- Making other
shapes and sizes of Wish Keepers developed into various sculptures and
other mediums. The artist’s dreams continue and his art takes on new
forms and world class works of art such as Suspended Lid, Haiku, Six
Foot Eight, Myphoria , The Oracle, to mention a few. His
expansive studio is equipped with kilns for firing glass and ceramics
and a metal working shop.
- Matthew Lovein
- Ceramic Sculpture