Ring Dish / Plate . Matt FishmanMatt Fishman Pottery
Formed on a potters wheel, these small dishes are handmade from a dark clay body and thrown to a pleasant weightiness. They are finished only on the bottom interior with a thick coat of a crackle glaze; a pearl white glaze that cracks in snowflake like patterns as the kiln cools. The surface is food safe and durable. Measures approximately 4.5 x .75 inches, but sizes vary slightly due to the handmade nature of the work. Perfect as a catch-all, table surface or other creative uses (paint palette?!)
Handmade in California by Matt Fishman Pottery.
Working in Bay Area kitchens for the past ten years has greatly directed Berkeley artist Matt Fishman's work. It has become his long-term goal to incorporate the philosophies of the food world into the ceramic world; the bold yet nuanced flavors and emphasis on the hand crafted feel of our cuisine applies equally to making pots. The insistence on local sourced ingredients has also carried over, finding it endlessly fascinating and humbling to make works entirely from clays, stones, and plant ashes that have been foraged and collected. The earthy, rustic feel of his work provides a unique record of the geology of Northern California and a stand-apart addition to the world of ceramics. Several times a year Fishman will make a trip to the Sierra foothills to collect a refractory clay that makes up the majority of his clay body. Rocks, minerals and plant ashes are also found throughout the area to be used in glaze making. He processes these in small batches, allowing various "impurities" to remain. While industrial ceramics remove these for a more consistent product, Fishman leaves them in to make for a dynamic end result, full of character and variation. By utilizing local materials he hopes to give a sense of place and celebrate the geology unique to the Northern California region, much the same as farmers or vintners do with food and drink. Due to the highly natural/foraged and handmade process please allow for a variance in glaze work and sizing. Each piece will be exceptionally unique and guaranteed to please!