View Image Gallery Items for SaleDavid Melville(Full member)Tel: +44(0)1634724923 Email: Web: www.potteryman.co.uk
After college in Rochester, Kent (now called the University for Creative Arts) I set up a 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 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 volcanic slip with various inclusions. 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. I also teach in adult education. The age range I have taught stretches from 3 to over 90.
David's current work includes reduction fired stoneware, domestic/garden and exhibition work.
His work is available at several retail craft and ceramic shows including the British Craft Trade Show as well as in an ever changing selection of craft 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
David uses a self built gas reduction kiln, fired to 1280c. Glazes are his own formulae, some made using local materials.
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Contact DetailsStudio Address: 172 Frindsbury Hill, Rochester, Kent, England, ME2 4JR.
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Availability: Open days - see artist's website for more information, or telephone for an appointment.
Joined on: 2010-10-20
Last Updated: 2013-01-09
Events featuring this potter
Scone Palace, Scotland : Potfest Scotland
Potfest in the Pens - Penrith : Potfest in the Pens
Newmarket Race Course : Newmarket Craft Show
Open Studio, David Melville : Open weekend - David Melville
Blenheim Palace : Blenheim Palace Craft Fair
Hatfield House : Christmas Frost Fair
Royal Horticultural Society Gardens : Craft Show at Wisley with ceramics
Dickens Festival : Dickens Festival