Wood Ash Lidded Jar II

Wood Ash Lidded Jar II 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 and honours the Leach traditions both past and present. By the time this piece is being made, Matthew is already part-way through the creation of this series, signaled by the confidence of his pattern and mark making with the scraper, resulting in a piece with depth and energy.

Material: Stoneware, wood ash glaze
cm: Diameter 23cm, Height 35cm
inches: Diameter 9.1in, Height 13.8in
Care Instructions: Wipe with damp, lint free cloth


The piece is thrown on the wheel in one single piece using 6kg of clay and then trimmed - the process on the wheel when excess clay is removed and the form refined. Once trimmed, Matthew carves patterns onto the pot’s surface before leaving it to dry and then be bisque fired. At this point, the pot is glazed in a shiny wood ash glaze mixed using raw materials and then fired 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.