Dolomite Casserole Dish

Matthew Foster
Dolomite Casserole Dish by Matthew Foster forms part of a functional series of pieces which are inspired by the Leach legacy as well as the vernacular styles and forms of medieval pottery. For this particular piece, Matthew has also been inspired by Inca and Mayan stone carvings which you see within the bands of mark making found on the platter’s surface. Also oven proof, this piece of serveware elevates the ritual of food and is beautiful from oven to table.

Material: Stoneware, slip, glaze
Dimensions: Width: 23cm, Depth 22.5cm, Height: 19cm
Care Instructions: Hand wash in warm soapy water
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The piece is first thrown and then trimmed to realise its form. Using a rouletting tool, Matthew adds a vivid pattern to the surface which he then inlays with a blue slip. The handles are hand built and attached before the entire piece is bisque fired and glazed with a dolomite glaze mixed using raw materials. To finish, the rim is brushed with an iron oxide which gives it a brown-ochre hue and then fired at a high temperature in a reduction kiln.
The Maker Matthew Foster Ceramicist -

Ceramics artist Matthew Foster studied Fine Art at Kent University and after winning the Seasalt Bursary in 2009, he became an apprentice at Leach Pottery in Cornwall. Alongside growing his individual practice, Matthew continues to work as the Studio Production Manager at Leach Pottery and draws much inspiration from his contemporaries there. In line with an on-going exploration of the Mingei Philosophy (focusing on the beauty of ordinary, everyday craft), he is currently exploring peasant stonewares of the Korean Yi dynasty, Gongxian pottery, Tang dynasty, and porcelain pots from the Chinese Sung period.