After college in Rochester, Kent (now called the University for Creative Arts) I set up my workshop producing domestic stoneware and terracotta garden pots with the aim of working economically and efficiently to make pots for everyday use at a price that most could afford. That was 1980, and now although my work has gone through many changes my original aims are still current. I no longer make terracotta and make less tableware, my main output is stoneware for the garden, individually decorated pots and one-offs.
I am approaching a time when the need to produce quantity is receding and the desire to create more individual work is calling.
I love experimenting with materials, especially locally found. I have used a local clay and ash glaze for many years and chased the elusive copper reds for over 20 years. Lately I am experimenting with a chun glaze which was inspired by a visit to the Percival David collection at the British museum. The changes I go through are not rapid or diverse but a matter of building on previous work slowly but surely.
This site is dedicated to my one off pots; my production work and diary of events can be seen on the “Potteryman” website.
Open Studio, David Melville : Open weekend - David Melville
November 09, 2019 to November 10, 2019
David's current work includes reduction fired stoneware, domestic/garden and exhibition work.
David takes part in exhibitions but most of his work is sold direct to the public or wholesale through shops and galleries. David also supplies tableware standard and bespoke to restaurants.
See the artist's website or email for details. David also exhibits with the Kent Potters' Society.
Stockists vary please contact David for up to date information.
David uses a self built gas reduction kiln, fired to 1280c. Glazes are his own formulae, some made using local materials.
In 2013 David was a selected finalist out of 1100 participants on the Craft & Design magazine website
Using one of his glaze designs he won a competition designing a yacht sail as part of the Whitstable White Horses project.