Tenmoku Serving Bowl V

Tenmoku Serving Bowl V by ceramicist Matthew Foster is part of The New Craftsmen’s ‘Claylarks’ collection. For these new works by Matthew, he primarily looked to historical dinner and serveware and the decoration and rouletting that can be found on them. Whilst looking through the archives at the Museum of London, he was also intrigued by the various shapes and animal figures that were found on pots from the Medieval, Roman and 14th century. These somewhat simplistic designs from the Roman era were often on larger pots, which can be seen within Matthew’s work for this project. His collection hosts a variety of pieces, including Tenmoku Serving Bowl V, which he intended to be used ceremoniously, as part of joyous occasions and celebrations. The serving bowl has various forms of decorative rouletting around the inside.

Material: Stoneware, glaze
cm: Diameter 20cm, Height 33cm
inches: Diameter 7.9in, Height 13in
Care Instructions: Hand wash in warm soapy water


The piece is first thrown and then trimmed into its form. Matthew then begins to carve into the bowl and inlays the carvings on the interior. Once dried and bisque fired, the bowl is glazed with a tenmoku glaze, both mixed using raw materials. It’s then fired one final time at a high temperature 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.