Tenmoku Butter Dish II

Matthew Foster
Tenmoku Butter Dish II 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.

Material: Stoneware, glaze
cm: Diameter 15cm, Height 9cm
inches: Diameter 5.9in, Height 3.5in
Care Instructions: Hand wash in warm soapy water


The piece is first thrown into its form and then trimmed in order to create the faceted edges before Matthew hand builds and applies the handle. Once dried and bisque fired, the piece is coated in a tenmoku glaze mixed using raw materials and then fired one final time in a reduction kiln. The iron-rich tenmoku glaze originates in China and results in a deep black finish, breaking to red-brown in areas where it is thinner.
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.