One of this country’s leading educators and studio furniture makers, Alphonse Mattia dismisses the dichotomy between functional and nonfunctional objects. He prefers instead the concept of “usefulness” – something that conveys meaning and emotion along with utility. Mattia teaches at Rhode Island School of Design and has received fellowships from Massachusetts Artists Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.
His work is in the many private collections and the permanent collections of The Museum of Arts and Design, New York, The Renwick Gallery of the Smithsonian, The Philadelphia Museum of Fine Arts, The Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, The Yale University Art Gallery and The Phillip Morris Corporation.
Smokestack Studios, located in Fall River Massachusetts, a newly established space with room for ten or eleven artists was developed and is owned and operated by Alphonse and three other designer makers.
The members of Smokestack Studios are listed at the People & Places link.
I divide my time between teaching, my family (Rosanne, Isabel and Annise) and my studio in Fall River. I work on commissions, speculative pieces and limited batch production runs.
If you're wondering about the person...
yes, now that "he's" past the opening page, I've dropped the third person thing. So, if you're still reading along, I'll use this column to run on about anything and everything. Most of you who know me know that I'm a joker and can hardly keep a straight face or hold back a comment. It's a bad habit that, besides getting me the most humorous badge in my high school yearbook, often gets me into trouble.
I have other talents and titles. Below is a list of some that don't fit the resume format.
World Renounced Furniture Designer/Builder
(see resume for specifics)
Gifted House Sitter and Pet Whisperer
(references upon request... but you'll have to take my word
unless you are a doggie whisperer too)
(I could tell you stories)
(I shouldn't have to tell you stories; you will just receive them)
(black & white & Red all over records to prove it)
(at the request of others)
Wannabe, Bodice Ripper Writer
(check back, this changes frequently)
Webmaster (I don't know what they do but it just sounds good)
Sufi surfer in Costa Rica
vegetable furniture huckster
film maker or at least best boy or grip