Shino Serving Bowl III

Matthew Foster
Shino Serving Bowl III by ceramics artist Matthew Foster, draws inspiration from Africa, South America and ancient Aztec designs. Covered in a glossy shino glaze on the interior, a method of glazing which originated in 16th century Japan and purposefully recreated here to enhance the bowl’s unique motif. The motif is applied using a roller tool notched with a pattern of Matthew’s own design. Matthew also adds a maker's mark to this decorative piece, a small detail with unique character.

Material: Stoneware, glaze
cm: Diameter 24cm, Height 13cm
inches: Diameter 9.4in, Height 5.1in
Care Instructions: Hand wash in warm soapy water


A handmade piece using stoneware clay, Shino Serving Bowl II 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, with a hint of dolomite glaze throughout. 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.