Urban began his art career at University of the Arts in Philadelphia as an Industrial Design student. In 1997 he received a scholarship to the Studio at The Corning Museum of Glass to study with Master Gianni Toso. After that workshop he changed majors to glass and has not looked back. Since 1997 he has been on staff at Pilchuck Glass school, taught at the Studio at the Corning Museum of Glass, Penland School of Craft, North Carolina, Pratt , Seattle Wa. Matthew has been a resident artist at Corning Museum of Glass, Penland School of Craft, Tyler School of Art, The Melting Point , Sedona Az. and Art Glass Kalamazoo, Mi. Matthew worked as a Gaffer for Glass Lab with the Corning Museum of Glass. For the last 10 years had owned and operated Furnace Urbini Glass Works in Normal Illinois where he makes his production line and commission work for artists and designers.