Wood Ash Sixteen Piece Dining Set

Matthew Foster
Inspired by the Mingei philosophy of finding beauty in everyday objects, the Wood Ash Sixteen Piece Dining Set by ceramicist Matthew Foster, is exclusive to The New Craftsmen. Forming part of a functional series of pieces, in which Matthew draws upon the Leach legacy, as well as the vernacular styles and forms of medieval pottery. This dining set consists of dinner plates, side plates, high bowls and pasta bowls, with four of each. Through the use of glazes and traditional techniques, Matthew aims to infuse his work with the spirit of the past, resulting in pieces of enduring value. Due to the handmade nature of these pieces, the exact finish may vary. This dining set is also available in bespoke combinations, please enquire for further details.

Material: Stoneware, wood ash glaze
Side Plate: Diameter 20cm, Height 2.5cm
Dinner Plate: Diameter 29cm, Height 3cm
High Bowl: Diameter 16cm, Height 8.5cm
Pasta Bowl: Diameter 24cm, Height 6cm
Due to the handmade nature of these pieces, exact dimensions may vary slightly.
Care Instructions Hand wash in warm soapy water

Lead Time: 6-8 weeks


The stoneware is first thrown, trimmed into forms and left to dry. Once the pieces are firm enough, Matthew hand applies embossing 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.