David Roberts


For the past 25 years I have devoted myself to making hand built raku ceramics. Large and simple, my vessel orientated forms exhibit a concern with the volumetric qualities of hand wrought pots together with a fascination for, and control over, surface markings arising from the firing processes. Since 1990 conventional glaze surfaces have been abandoned to investigate the aesthetic possibilities of differing textural treatments of the clay body and its interaction with smoke markings and deep carbonisation. In a manner similar to a painter using pigment on canvas the fundamental elements of fire and smoke are exploited to express meaning and define form. The resulting vessels reflect an engagement with my local landscape and interest in post war abstract painting.

Born  1947, Sheffield, Yorkshire, U.K.

Education 
1966-1970
 Education Honors Degree, Bretton Hall College,

Selected exhibitions
2011
 Focus Exhibition, CAA, London, England. 
One person show at the Lemon St. Gallery, Truro, Cornwall, England. 
CLS. Exhibition, National Gallery, Gdansk, Poland.
2010  Gulgong Festival Exhibition – NSW, Australia.
IAC Exhibition, Musee Sevres, Paris, France.
CLS. Exhibition Galerie  Select, Paris, France.
2009  One person show, Blackwell House, Bowness on Windemere, Cumbria, England.
One person show, Hart Gallery, London, England.
2008  ‘Collect’ at the V&A, London, with the Scottish Gallery.
Blue Coat Display Centre, Liverpool, England. NCECA, Pittsburgh, USA
Concreta Mente, Exhibion by CLS Group, Palazzio Venezia, Rome, Italy
2007  Anagama Gallery, St. Germain en Laye , France
Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh, Scotland.
Hart Gallery, Islington, London, England.
2006  One person show, Terra Viva Gallery, Provence, France.
One person show, Gallery Puls, Brussels, Belgium.
2004  One person show at the Hart Gallery, London.
SOFA, New York with Clay Gallery.
Master & Pupil, Clay, Los Angeles. 
Le Décor du Trait ..au Sens, Musee Palissy, France.
IAC exhibition, Icheon World Ceramics Centre, Korea.
2003  Carlin Gallery, Paris, France.
SOFA, Chicago, USA.
Formazione Concreta, Perugia, Italy.
Centrum Goed Werk, Belgium.
2002  Masterpieces, Turin 2002, Turin, Italy
SOFA, Chicago, USA.
IAC, Athens, Greece.
Maltby Fine Art, Winchester, UK.
2001  Carlin Gallery, Paris, France.
Parcours de Ceramiques,  Carouge, Geneva, Switzerland.
SOFA, Chicago, USA.
1st World Ceramics Biennale, Icheon World Ceramics Centre, Korea.

Public Collections include:
Bolton Art Gallery; Cleveland Craft Centre; Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, Huddersfield Art Gallery; Leeds School Art Loan Services; Lotherton Hall, Leeds; Museum of Wales, Cardiff; Piece Hall Gallery, Halifax; Royal Scottish Museum, Edinburgh; Stoke-on-Trent Art Gallery & Museum; Townley Hall Art Gallery, Burnley; Ulster Museum, Belfast;  V&A Museum, London; Wakefield City Art Galleries & Museums; Yorkshire Museum Services; Aberdeen Art Gallery, Scotland;  Deruta Museum, Italy; City Of Geneva Collection, Switzerland; World Ceramics Centre, Icheon, Korea;  Benaki Museum, Athens, Greece.

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