Tenmoku Lidded Jar II

Matthew Foster
Tenmoku Lidded Jar II is a one-of-a-kind decorative vessel by ceramics artist Matthew Foster. This piece forms part of a series of new works inspired by pattern and mark making exclusive to The New Craftsmen. Honoring the Leach traditions both past and present and experimenting with a thick Tenmoku glaze, an iron-rich glaze originating from China, the piece is restrained in its decoration balanced against a strong silhouette.

Material: Stoneware, tenmoku glaze
cm: Diameter 22cm, Height 29cm
inches: Diameter 8.7in, Height 11.4in
Care Instructions: Wipe with damp, lint free cloth
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The vessel was thrown on the wheel in one single piece using 6kg of clay and then trimmed - the process on the wheel when excess clay is removed and the form refined. Once trimmed, Matthew carves a pattern into the surface before it is dried and bisque fired. At this step in the process, 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.