David Roberts is one of the most significant ceramic artists working in Europe today. A distinguished English potter, he has an international reputation as a leading practitioner in Raku ceramics: a technique with its origin in small-scale vessels made for the Tea Ceremony in late sixteenth-century Japan. Roberts is acknowledged as responsible for the introduction and promotion of modern, large scale Raku in Europe. He has also been instrumental in its re-introduction to the United States of America, where his example has played a key role in the foundation of the ‘Naked Raku’ movement. In his personal exploration of this traditional technique, Roberts has transformed it into a vibrant and contemporary art form. His work is represented in public and private collections throughout the world.
Roberts has lectured in universities across the UK, as well as Scuola D`Arte Ceramica, Deruta, Italy, and Arita School of Ceramics, Japan, and over the past 20 years has given workshops and demonstrations to many ceramic associations throughout the UK, Europe and Canada. In 2007 he set up second studio in Castello di Comano, Lunigiana, Tuscany, Italy where he presents international workshops and makes prints and drawings.