Growing up in Belfast, David knew he wanted to work creatively with his hands from a young age. He has always had an interest in geology, fossils in particular. He first used clay in his school art classes after being encouraged by teachers to try a 3D medium. After school he went to study Contemporary Applied Art at the University of Ulster, Belfast. It was here that he developed an interest in functional pottery while developing his skills in throwing on the potter’s wheel. He has recently been accepted on a residency program in Denmark and hopes to set up a studio in Belfast when he finishes his studies.
I am influenced and motivated by the materials and techniques involved in ceramic production. I focus on producing functional pots that display the possibilities of clay, the processes involved in my making and the intensity of the firing. I use thick slip and ash glaze which, while satisfying my own aesthetic goals, is intended to reveal the softness of the clay and fluidity of the melt in the glaze, which in turn highlights marks I leave behind during the different stages of the making process.