Hakeme Casserole Dish II

Matthew Foster
Hakeme Casserole Dish II 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. Through the use of glaze and traditional techniques, Matthew aims to infuse his pieces with the spirit of the past resulting in pieces of enduring value. Matthew applies thick hakeme slip using his hands, which gives the piece a sense of fluidity and movement. Also oven proof, this piece of serveware elevates the ritual of food and is beautiful from oven to table.

Material: Stoneware, slip, glaze
cm: Diameter 18cm, Height 9.5cm
inches: Diameter 7.1in, Height 3.7in
Care Instructions: Hand wash in warm soapy water


The piece was first thrown and then trimmed - the process on the wheel when excess clay is removed and the form refined. Afterwards, Matthew uses a brush to apply blue slip before applying thick layers of molochite slip through which he drags his fingers to reveal the blue hue underneath and create a pattern with direction and movement. Once dried and bisqued fired, Matthew glazes the entire jug with a Yuski glaze mixed using raw materials before firing it one final time.
The Maker Matthew Foster Ceramicist - South West England

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.