Shino Lidded Jar IV

Shino Lidded Jar IV by ceramics artist Matthew Foster. Inspired by pattern and referencing Mingei and Leach Pottery traditions, this piece forms part of a series of new work - created exclusively for The New Craftsmen - which explores a wide range of practises. Matthew has examined storage jars from around the world to question, learn and inform this piece. The finished decorative pot communicates these discoveries. Covered in a glossy shino glaze, a method of glazing which originated in 16th century Japan and purposefully recreated here to enhance the jar’s unique motif. The motif is applied using a roller tool notched with a pattern of Matthew’s own design.

Material: Stoneware, shino glaze
cm: Diameter 24cm, Height 30cm
inches: Diameter 11.8in, Height 9.4in
Care Instructions: Wipe with damp cloth


A handmade piece using stoneware clay, Shino Lidded Jar IV is initially thrown on the wheel and left to dry until it is firm enough to start rouletting using a handcrafted porcelain roller. When rolled over soft clay, a gently protruding pattern is created. Once bisque fired, the pot’s exterior is covered with a shino glaze mixed using raw materials. 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.

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