In 1989 Matthew received a BS in Mechanical Design Engineering from the University of the Pacific, in Stockton, California. After 15 years working in environmental management and consulting, Matthew was drawn back into design through his glassworking hobby.
Matthew began working with glass in 1999. After a year practicing his lampworking skills, which he learned from Master Glassblower Harald Eberhart, he began studying at the Pratt Fine Arts School in Seattle Washington. At Pratt Matthew practiced off-hand blowing, casting, fusing/slumping, coldworking, and lampworking.
Matthew began his glass career selling Christmas ornaments at art shows, during a 2003 sabbatical trip to St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. Matthew and his wife, Rachel, fell in love with St. Croix and moved there permanently in 2005.
Matthew now operates Island Fire Glass Studio, where he continues to sell Christmas ornaments, blown fish, goblets, mocko jumbies, and other island glasswork.