Matthew Abadi was born and raised in Washington, DC and graduated from the University of Maryland, earning a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration in 2008. In college, Matthew developed an interest in photography and continued this exploration in his post-graduate years. A fateful night in spring of 2012, after hours of developing images in the darkroom, Matthew wandered into a glassblowing studio and witnessed glass being made by hand for the first time. Captivated by the process, and the warmth and glow of the material in its fluid state, Matthew dropped everything and moved to the Pacific Northwest to pursue an education in the craft. Currently, Matthew continues to immerse himself with artists and craftsmen who have offered invaluable learning experiences, and he is thankful for the opportunities to expand his understanding of this medium, and his awareness as a maker and human being.
Matthew lives and works in Portland, Oregon.
Every time I work with glass I’m reminded of how fortunate I am to do what I love and how this material has shaped the course of my life. I attribute to glass my curiosity of the natural world and my awareness of the innate visual qualities of materials and forms that exist in our environment.
As a maker my primary objective is to create objects that exemplify the beauty that can be found in simplicity, modesty, and functional construction.