Wood Ash Platter I

Matthew Foster
Wood Ash Platter I by ceramicist Matthew Foster forms 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 glazes and traditional techniques, he aims to infuse his work with the spirit of the past, resulting in pieces of enduring value.

Material: Stoneware, glaze
cm: Diameter 27cm, Height 4.5cm
inches: Diameter 10.6in, Height 1.8in
Care Instructions: Hand wash in warm soapy water


The stoneware is first thrown, trimmed into forms and left to dry. Once the pieces are firm enough, Matthew applies the hand carved decoration. The pieces are then bisque fired and covered with a wood ash glaze. 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. Finally, the pieces are high fired 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.