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Contact Details

Studio: 172 Frindsbury Hill, Rochester, Kent, England, ME2 4JR. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44(0)1634724923
Email:
Web-site: www.potteryman.co.uk
Availability: Open days - see artist's website for more information, or telephone for an appointment.
Joined on: 2010-10-20
Last Updated: 2014-04-07

Artist's Statement

Artist's Statement

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.

I believe you should pass your skills and enthusiasm onto others to create, so alongside making I also teach. Sometime ago I set up a separate business, "Clay in Schools", which is great fun - not so much pot making but anything in clay from animals to murals.

This site is dedicated to my one off pots; my production work and diary of events can be seen on the Potteryman website.

Current / Future Events

Current / Future Events

Current Work

Current Work

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. See the artist's website or email for details. David also exhibits with the Kent Potters' Society. 

David has started a blog  - basically about the being a potter with a section on tips. I aim to blog once a week and will use it to promote shows and interesting sites as well.
Find it at:  www.potteryman.wordpress.com

Stockists include:
Primavera Cambridge
Rufford Nottinghamshire
Hayrack Northamptonshire
Dazzle Yorkshire
Room15 Oban
Gailey pottery Stafford
Westgate gallery Grantham
Bel green Exeter

Technical Information

Technical Information

David uses a self built gas reduction kiln, fired to 1280c. Glazes are his own formulae, some made using local materials.

Awards and Distinctions

Awards and Distinctions

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.

Work Styles

Work Styles

Slipware
Wall Panels, Plaques
Vases & Bowls
Teabowls
Sculptural
Kitchen & Tableware
Garden
Gas