Matthew and Mike Davies were invited to run a furnace at The National Eisteddfod, Wrexham.
Matthew has been invited as a guest artist to the Sculpture Department of the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts, Arizona State University, Tempe, Phoenix.
These conferences are held every four years, bringing together artist-ironcasters from around the world. This year's will take place from 7th to 11th July at The Kidwelly Industrial Museum - a former tinplate works - near Kidwelly, Carmarthenshire. (Matthew is part of the organising committee for the conference.)
The result of a public commission from Torvaen C.B.C. under the Heads of the Valleys Regeneration Scheme, letter-cutter Teucer Wilson, and Matthew, designed a work in corten steel and glass, incorporating the town motto.
Every year, the Smithsonian Institute in Washington DC organizes an important event on the National Mall - the Smithsonian Folklife Festival - which celebrates the small-scale, local, traditional and oral culture of a particular country. Wales was the country featured in 2009. Matthew was one of the Welsh contingent - some 150 people from all walks of life - who spent a fortnight in Washington in June and July, representing and promoting Wales at the Festival.
Matthew is showing work in cast iron and other metals, in a solo show at Llantarnam Grange, Cwmbran.
Matthew's new, small cupola - built with financial assistance from the Arts Council of Wales - is now running successfully. It can be operated easily by two people, and by one person if need be.