Tenmoku Tall Vessel

Tenmoku Tall Vessel 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. Honoring the Leach traditions both past and present and experimenting with a thick Tenmoku glaze, iron-rich glaze originating from China, the piece embodies both a sculptural and utilitarian spirit. The deep black finish gives way to a soft red-brown where the glaze thins, providing a spectrum of hues across its surfaces.

Material: Stoneware, molochite slip, tenmoku glaze
cm: Diameter 14.5cm, Height 32.5cm
inches: Diameter 5.7in, Height 12.8in
Care Instructions: Wipe with damp, lint free cloth


The vessel was thrown on the wheel in one single piece using 8kg of clay and left to dry. Once sufficiently firm, it is brushed with thick layers of molochite slip before dragging a rib across the surface to create waves in the slip and then bisque firing. 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.