Wood Ash Lidded Jar I

Wood Ash Lidded Jar I 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, Matthew added ‘buttons’ of clay onto the surface which he then scrapes in an upward motion to add texture to the form and provide ledges and creaves for the glazes to pool.

Material: Stoneware, wood ash glaze
cm: Diameter 25cm, Height 35cm
inches: Diameter 9.8in, Height 13.8in
Care Instructions: Wipe with damp, lint free cloth


The vessel is thrown on the wheel in one single piece using 8kg of clay and left to dry. Once sufficiently firm, Matthew adds ‘buttons’ of clay to the surface and lid, and scrapes through each one to push the clay upwards. Once dried and bisque fired, Matthew glazes the pot in a wood ash 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.