Glazed Cornish stoneware clay cups. Chun glaze with black slip, 8 x 8 cm
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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. Quercus Gallery has been working with Matt and exhibiting his work since the opening of the gallery in Bath in 2013. In November 2015 Quercus Gallery held a solo show of his ceramics: New Forms and Glazes.
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.
Matt Waite’s unique pieces display an individual approach to developing new forms combined with a deep understanding of oriental glazes. His functional tableware is both beautiful and useful for everyday use (with the added advantage of being dishwasher safe).
Examples of his work can be found in Michael Bailey’s book ‘Oriental Glazes’, A&C Black Visual Arts, 2004. To purchase a copy please click here