With Matter Studio Gallery, Founder Karla Funderburk has realized her longstanding vision for an exhibition space in the heart of LA, where artists from Southern California can share their work and their voices. As much an art gallery as a vital, community hub that celebrates inclusiveness through artistic expression, Matter Studio Gallery fills an essential need in our ever-evolving city.
I am a Ceramic Artist and Master Carpenter. I earned my MFA from Claremont Graduate University in 1984, with a focus on ceramic sculpture, installation and performance art. In 1991, I started MATTER, a handmade, custom furniture design and manufacturing business. Today I maintain a professional woodshop and ceramic studio, where I design and build custom woodwork and create my ceramic pieces, and where I have taught classes in ceramics and woodworking.
I have always envisioned expanding my studio space to include an art gallery that would embrace and celebrate diverse local artists working in a range of artistic mediums. On December 2, 2018, this dream became a reality with the opening of our debut exhibition, Unearthing Matter.