Hakeme Lidded Jar I

Matthew Foster
£700
Hakeme Lidded Jar I is a one-of-a-kind decorative vessel by ceramic artist Matthew Foster. This piece forms part of a series of new works inspired by pattern and mark making exclusive to The New Craftsmen. Honoring the Leach traditions both past and present and experimenting with a thick molochite slip, Matthew used his fingers to create patterns and a sense of movement on the surface of the piece.


Material: Stoneware, slip
Dimensions: Diameter: 27.5cm, Height: 36cm
Care Instructions: Wipe with damp, lint free cloth
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Process

The piece was thrown on the wheel in one single piece using 8kg of clay and then trimmed - the process on the wheel when excess clay is removed and the form refined. Matthew then brushes on a layer of iron and blue slip which is left to dry before applying a thick layer of molochite slip. Whilst still wet, Matthew drags his fingers across the surface to create a vivid pattern and reveal the iron and blue hues beneath.
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.