Hakeme Teapot

Matthew Foster
£120
Hakeme Teapot 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: Width: 22.5cm, Depth 10cm, Height: 17cm
Care Instructions: Hand wash in warm soapy water
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Process

The piece was first thrown and then trimmed - the process on the wheel when excess clay is removed and the form refined. Afterwards, Matthew carves back into the pot, inlays with blue slip and then leaves to dry before applying thick layers of molochite slip. Once dried and bisqued fired, Matthew glazes the entire teapot with a Yuski glaze mixed using raw materials before firing it one final time.
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.