Shino Butter Dish I

Matthew Foster
Inspired by the Mingei philosophy of finding beauty in everyday objects, Shino Butter Dish I forms part of a functional series of pieces, which draw upon the Leach legacy, as well as the vernacular styles and forms of medieval pottery. With each piece Matthew aims to showcase the making process, rather than obscure it. Through the use of glazes and traditional techniques, Matthew aims to infuse his work with the spirit of the past, resulting in pieces of enduring value.

Material: Stoneware, glaze
cm: Diameter 15.5cm, Height 10cm
inches: Diameter 6.1in, Height 3.9in
Care Instructions: Hand wash in warm soapy water


First the stoneware is thrown and then trimmed into forms. Once bisque fired, the exterior of each piece is covered with a shino glaze, mixed using raw materials. The Shino glaze, originating from Japan, is rich in feldspar, which gives the pieces a rich orange hue. It is then ready to be high fired in the 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.