Wood Ash Butter Dish II

Matthew Foster
Inspired by the Mingei philosophy, and the beauty of everyday things, the Wood Ash Butter Dish II by ceramicist Matthew Foster is part of a functional series of pieces which draw upon 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
cm: Diameter 15cm, Height 9cm
inches: Diameter 5.9in, Height 3.5in
Care Instructions: Hand wash in warm soapy water


The piece is first thrown into its form and dried, before Matthew applies thick layers of molochite slip. Once dried and bisque fired, Matthew glazes the entire piece with a wood ash glaze before high firing it one final time in a reduction kiln. The wood ash glaze is mixed using locally sourced wood ash. The glaze results in a soft translucent green with subtle variations, depending on the nature of the wood ash.
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.