Hakeme Serving Bowl I

Matthew Foster
Hakeme Serving Bowl I 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
Dimensions: Diameter: 25cm, Height: 10cm
Care Instructions: Hand wash in warm soapy water
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The piece is first thrown and trimmed into its form. Matthew then applies a blue slip to the bowl followed by thick layers of molochite slip. Once dried and bisque fired, the piece is glazed with a yuski glaze mixed using raw materials and then fired one final time at a high temperature in a reduction kiln. The blue slip shows through where the molochite slip is thinner, highlighting the brush strokes which is a technique synonymous with the hakeme pottery tradition.
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.