David Roberts

David Roberts
My career in ceramics is a remarkable, if understated, story. I discovered ceramics by accident as an element in my teaching degree whilst at Bretton Hall (now the site of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park) in the late 1960s. Similarly my work in Raku was appropriately the result of a serendipitous encounter with American Raku ceramics in the early 1980s.

I have exhibited and presented workshops throughout the UK, Europe and USA. In the mid 80’s, using modern kiln materials, I pioneered large scale Raku in the UK. During the late ’80s and early ’90s I was one of a handful of international potters who invented and developed the Painting With Smoke (Naked Raku) process. Current work reflects an interest in post war abstract painting and an engagement with the dynamic rhythms of landscape and its interaction with water and erosion.