David Binns

For many years David Binns made sculptural work that involved adapting clay bodies with additions of aggregate materials, polished post-firing. More recently however, he has felt a need to re-connected with the fundamentals of ceramics; involving a more direct and intimate contact with the clay, and for the first time in his ceramic career, exploring both the vessel and glaze.

Binns’ working practice combines elements of control and spontaneity, exploring how glaze reacts over differing clay bodies and cut and textured surfaces. Inspiration is drawn from contemporary architecture and natural landscape, whilst being shaped by a deep respect for the fundamental principles of Japanese aesthetics. He hopes that his work alludes to the bold drama and visual richness of natural landscape, whilst simultaneously conveying feelings of simplicity, solitude and quietness.

Binns has participated in numerous international exhibitions and symposiums and his work is featured in many international collections and publications. He is Professor of Contemporary Ceramics at the University of Central Lancashire and a member of the UNESCO International Academy of Ceramics.


  • 1959 Cheshire


  • 1986 Postgraduate Certificate in Education, NEWI, Wales
  • 1978-82 BA (Hons) 3D Design - Wood, Metal, Ceramics, 1st Class, Manchester Polytechnic


  • 2014-15 Follow on Award, Arts & Humanities Research Council
  • 2009-11 Creative Wales Awards, Arts Council of Wales
  • 2008-10 Large Research Grant, Arts & Humanities Research Council
  • 2007 Travel Scholarship, Arts Council of Wales
  • 2006 Craft Gold Medal Winner, National Eisteddfod of Wales

Selected Exhibitions

  • 2019 Solo Exhibition, Mashiko Pottery International Association, Japan
  • 2019 Contemporary Ceramics Gallery, London
  • 2019 Ceramic Art London, Central Saint Martins, London
  • 2018 International Ceramics Symposium Exhibition, Tunisia
  • 2017 British Ceramics Biennial, Spode Factory, Stoke-on-Trent
  • 2016 Taiwan Ceramics Biennale - New Taipei City Yingge Ceramic Museum, Taiwan
  • 2015 International Ceramic Exhibition, Imperial Ancestral Temple, Forbidden City, Beijing, China
  • 2015 British Ceramics Biennial, Spode Factory, Stoke-on-Trent
  • 2014 Conference Exhibition - Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang
  • 2014 International Academy of Ceramics Exhibition, Dublin, Ireland
  • 2014 Keramikmuseum Westerwald, Germany
  • 2013 Symposium Exhibition, Wanju, South Korea
  • 2012 International Academy of Ceramics, New Mexico Art Museum, Santa Fe, USA
  • 2011 Chinese Ceramics Museum, Zibo, China
  • 2011 International Ceramics Symposium Exhibition, Gothenburg, Sweden
  • 2010 International Ceramics Symposium Exhibition, Eskişehir, Turkey
  • 2010 International Academy of Ceramics, Sèvres Museum, France
  • 2010 The Honey Bee and the Hive, Contemporary Applied Arts, London
  • 2009 Ceramics & Architecture, Eindhoven, Netherlands
  • 2009 Object Factory, Museum of Art & Design, New York, USA
  • 2008 International Academy of Ceramics, FuLe International Ceramic Art Museum, China
  • 2008 The Art of Industrial Ceramics, Gardiner Museum, Toronto, Canada
  • 2007 Brick, Rotterdam International Architecture Fair (EKWC)
  • 2005-06 In Time - In Earth - In Fire, Baltic States touring exhibition
  • 2005 & 08 1st and 2nd International Triennial of Silicate Arts, Kecskemét, Hungary
  • 2004 SOFA, Chicago, USA

Selected Publications

  • Sustainable Practice in Ceramics, R. Harrison
  • Collaboration Through Craft, A. Kettle
  • Additions to Clay Bodies, K. Standon
  • Ceramics & Architecture, EKWC Publication
  • The Paper Collection of International Ceramic Art, Chinese Publication, M. Baskaya
  • Contemporary Ceramics, E. Cooper
  • Ceramic Sculptures, G. Brown
  • Object Factory II, Museum of Arts & Design, New York, USA
  • Colouring Clay Bodies, J. Connell
  • Electric Kiln Ceramics, R. Zakin
  • The Aesthetic of Waste, Materials World, IOM3 Journal
  • Terre et Verre Fusionnés, La Revue de la Céramique et du Verre
  • Aggregates in Ceramic Bodies, Ceramic Technical
  • New Work, Korean Ceramic Art Monthly


  • National Ceramic Art Centre, Tunisia
  • New Taipei City Yingge Ceramic Museum, Taiwan
  • International Ceramic Collection – Beijing, China
  • National Arts Collection, Dublin, Ireland
  • Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia
  • International Ceramics Collection, Wanju Province, South Korea
  • Chinese Ceramics Museum, Zibo, China
  • Ohio State University, Columbus, USA
  • Sèvres Museum, France
  • International Academy of Ceramics collection, Musée Ariana, Geneva, Switzerland
  • FuLe International Ceramic Art Museum, nr Xian, China
  • Turkish Cultural Collection, Anadolu Üniversitesi, Eskişehir, Turkey
  • National Museum of Applied Arts, Riga, Latvia
  • Dokuz Eylül Üniversitesi, Izmir, Turkey
  • National Museum of Wales, Cardiff
  • International Ceramics Studio, Kecskemét, Hungary

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