Wood Ash Teapot

Matthew Foster
Wood Ash Teapot by Matthew Foster forms part of a functional series of pieces which are inspired by the Leach legacy as well as the vernacular styles and forms of medieval pottery. Matthew is also inspired by the quality and texture of hakeme slip which when combined with transparent glazes gives his work a beautiful softness and fresh edge.

Material: Stoneware, slip, glaze
cm: Width 23cm, Depth 11cm, Height 17cm
inches: Width 9.1in, Depth 4.3in, Height 6.7in
Care Instructions: Hand wash in warm soapy water


The piece is first thrown into its form and dried, before Matthew applies thick layers of malachite slip. Once dried and bisqued fired, Matthew glazes the entire piece with a wood ash glaze mixed using raw materials before high firing it one final time 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.