Working with Cornish stoneware clay and a range of oriental based glazes, Wiltshire-based potter Matt Waite has been exploring new forms – taking inspiration from Korean vessels and mastering inventive new combinations of glazes.
There is a new direction to this work; glazes are more spontaneously layered and interact with surface details to create fresh, expressive pieces. This exhibition is a chance to see the results of an exceptionally creative period of making from this experienced studio potter. A range of bowls, large low dishes, teapots, jars, cups, bottles and jugs will be available.
Matt Waite worked in potteries in Bath and in the Hebrides throughout the 1990’s until 2001, when he set up his present workshop at Stowford Farm, near Trowbridge in Wiltshire. Matt makes a range of tableware alongside individual and larger pieces using Cornish stoneware clay. The pots are fired in an 18 cubic feet gas kiln, built in 2004, which takes up to 14 hours to reach the top temperature of 1300c. The glazes, which are mostly oriental in origin, include copper reds, iron rich tenmoku, shino, kaki, blue jun and a light cream coloured chun. Other glazes make use of estuary mud and wood ash, creating the interesting character and delicate colour of the glaze.