Tenmoku Jug II

Matthew Foster
Tenmoku Jug 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, tenmoku glaze
cm: Width 16cm, Depth 12.5cm, Height 21.5cm
inches: Width 6.3in, Depth 4.9in, Height 8.5in
Care Instructions: Hand wash in warm soapy water
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The piece is thrown on the wheel and then left to dry. Once sufficiently firm, Matthew then adds ‘buttons’ of clay to the surface and scrapes through each one to push the clay upwards. Once dried and bisque fired, Matthew glazes the pot in a tenmoku glaze mixed using raw materials and then fires it at a high temperature in a 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.