David Roberts
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David Roberts
Tall Black Ripple, 53 x 18cm, coil built and Raku fired ceramic

David has been making large, hand built, Raku fired ceramics for over 40 years. He is acknowledged as being responsible for the introduction and promotion of modern, large scale Raku in Britain and instrumental in its re-introduction in America. "This is my life and my art," he says. "In my work I am attempting to transform a long ceramic tradition into a vibrant and contemporary art form relevant to the 21st century. I have no interest in making replicas or pastiches of Japanese tea bowls." His current work reflects an increasing engagement with landscape and an interest in post war abstract painting. "Initially my pieces were covered with rich crackle and copper coloured glazes. Eventually being frustrated with their limitations I began experimenting with non glazed raku surfaces in the early 1980s. Even in the very early pieces I felt this process had more potential as an expressive mark making activity than conventional glazed Raku. My intuition has over time proved correct, subsequent experience has proved this process to be ongoing, developmental, flexible and dynamic." New work is constantly being explored while simultaneously previous themes are constantly being revisited and reworked. David's work is represented in many public and private collections internationally. He is an Honorary Fellow of the Craft Potters Association of Great Britain, an exhibiting member of Contemporary Applied Arts and a member of the International Academy of Ceramics.

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