Matthias is from Dresden, Germany and has worked as a mason and carver for over 30 years. Following his apprenticeship in Dresden, Matthias spent 6 years working throughout Europe in over a dozen masonry and carving workshops before moving to England in 1998 to join Wells Cathedral Stonemasons. He joined Dick Reid’s workshop in York the following year, where he stayed for more than 5 years before establishing his own business.
In 2001, Matthias was accepted as a William Morris Craft Fellow with the Society for the Protection of Ancient Buildings. He was then awarded a Queen Elizabeth Scholarship towards completing the German Qualification of Master in Masonry, Carving and Conservation.
Matthias has an MA in Historic Conservation from University of York, King’s Manor. He was awarded a Master Craftsman Certificate from the Worshipful Company of Masons and is currently their Champion for York College. He is a Freeman of the City of London.
He currently sits on the Historic Estates Conservation Committee of Historic England.