Dave took a degree in ceramics at Glasgow School of Art, set up a studio in Scotland and then became a tutor at Kings Lynn, Plymouth and Hartlepool art colleges. Moving to Cumbria, Dave started to specialize in domestic ware. Dave was the first regular craft trader at Brampton farmers’ market and joined in 2013. He finds the market is a good way to build up local contacts for not only selling his pottery but also his workshops.
For the market Dave produces domestic ware using a technique of slip decorating that has been used since Medieval times. He also makes raku pottery which originated in Japan in the 16th century and runs raku workshops at his studio in Castle Carrock which are very popular.
Dave has several commissions to produce industrial items, for example, specially designed pate dishes for Marks and Spencer’s and Brie dishes for Cows & Co and the Appleby Creamery.
Dave’s passion is fine art ceramics and, when he had his studio in Scotland, he was producing large sculptural pieces, for example, fountains for gardens and fonts for churches. He now makes smaller fine art pieces which are stocked by galleries.
You can see and buy Dave’s ceramics at Brampton, Houghton and Kirkoswold farmers’ markets, the new Abstract gallery in Brampton and other galleries in Cumbria, and The Kitchen Shop in Cranbrook, Kent.