Tenmoku Jug with Buttons

Matthew Foster
£500
Tenmoku Jug with Buttons 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 styles he loves, as well as those he dislikes, in order to question, learn and inform his pieces. The finished jug communicates these discoveries. A Tenmoku glaze is used as it worked well over the decorative buttons (pellets of clay).


Material: Stoneware, Tenmoku glaze
Dimensions: Height: 28cm, Diameter including handle: 20cm, Diameter without handle: 14cm
Care Instructions: Wipe with a damp cloth
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Process

After throwing on the wheel and leaving to dry, Matthew next applies buttons (pellets of clay) and attaches a hand-pulled handle before bisque firing. Once fired, the piece is covered in a Tenmoku glaze and high-fired in the reduction kiln.
The Maker Matthew Foster Ceramicist -

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.