Hakeme Platter II

Hakeme Platter 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.

Material: Stoneware, slip, glaze
cm: Diameter 29.5cm, Height 5cm
inches: Diameter 11.6in, Height 2in
Care Instructions: Hand wash in warm soapy water
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The piece is first thrown and then trimmed to realise its form. Matthew then brushes the piece with a blue slip, leaving it to dry before coating it with thick layers of molochite slip. At this point Matthew drags his fingers through the slip to create a pattern and also reveal the blue hues underneath. Once dried and bisque fired, the platter receives a yuski glaze mixed using raw materials and then fired at a high temperature in a reduction kiln.
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.