Tenmoku Serving Bowl I

Matthew Foster
Tenmoku Serving Bowl I 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
Dimensions: Diameter: 29cm, Height: 12cm
Care Instructions: Hand wash in warm soapy water
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The piece is first thrown and then trimmed to realise its form. Matthew then carves a vivid pattern into the interior of the bowl which he then inlays with blue slip, before the entire piece is bisque fired. To the interior a dolomite glaze is applied and the exterior is coated in a tenmoku glaze, both mixed using raw materials. To finish, the bowl is fired at a high temperature in a 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.