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Availability: We were sorry to hear that David has recently died. He was an accomplished potter and an expert in the field of glazes. He will be sadly missed by all. As a small token of esteem we will keep his work and profile available for others to appreciate.
Last Updated: 2014-01-14

Current Work

Current Work

I work with oxidised stoneware and porcelain, using various decorative techniques, coloured clays, slips and glazes to produce the desired result.
The work, mainly thrown, but also includes some hand built pieces, which add to the variety. The work includes many forms of bowls, vases, dishes and jars, both decorative and useful.
Agate ware, using coloured clays, figure prominently, with fluting giving particularly interesting and individual effects.
The location of Caerleon is reflected in a number of items showing the towns past connection with the Romans, when it was known as Isca. These are suitably decorated with Roman designs and inscriptions.

Current development using vanadium in glazes is producing some very interesting colour and surface effects.

Work generally available from:
Craft Renaissance, Chain Bridge
Llantarnam Grange, Cwmbran
The Riverside Gallery, Chepstow
Oriel Makers, Cardiff
Torfaen Museum Trust, Pontypool
Oriel Gallery, Ffwrwm, Caerleon
Gallery on the Usk, Crickhowell

Technical Information

Technical Information

Electric kiln, oxidation to cone 6 or 8/9.

History

History

By training I am a professional Engineer (BSc. C.Eng. MIMechE) who has worked in the chemical industry until 1984.

I started potting at evening classes at the Community College at Caerleon in 1975 as a hobby but this quickly grew into an all absorbing interest. since 1984 pottery has been my main interest, being an enjoyable combination of design, craft and technology.

My skills and knowledge have been gained not just from evening classes but also from attending various short courses, run by various potters including David Leach and David Frith, and also from being an active member of South Wales Potters for whom I was Treasurer for some five years.

My chemical engineering background naturally made me interested in the technology of pottery, particularly in glaze formulation. The mathematics for glaze analysis can be made easy by the use of computers and the results of such analyses can materially assist in the development of glazes for specific purposes. I have, therefore, developed my own glaze calculation program called CeramDat. These are for sale and regularly advertised in Ceramic Review. Full details and a demonstration are available on my web site.

Publications

Publications

I am the Co-author with Mike Bailey of a series of six articles which were published in Ceramic Review on 'Understanding Your Glaze Tests' and 'Calculating Crazing' which show how the calculations referred to can be used in practice. These articles have also been re-published in the Spanish magazine 'Ceramica'.

Subsequent articles have been on ‘Oil Spot Glazes', ‘Opacifiers', ‘Those Unlabelled Bags and Buckets', ‘Transporting Glaze Recipes', ‘Testing Times‘ and ‘Vanadium‘.

Work Styles

Work Styles

Agate Ware