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David Roberts career in ceramics is a remarkable, if understated, story. He has no artistic or ceramic history in his family nor did he study ceramics at art college. In fact he discovered ceramics by accident as an element during his teaching degree whist at Bretton Hall in the 1960’s. (now the site of the Yorkshire Sculpture Park) Similarly David’s work in Raku was appropriately the result of a serendipitous encounter with American Raku ceramics in the early 1980s. However due to persistence, a natural talent and support from colleagues. Friends and family, especially his wife Jan, over the past 40 years. David has established himself as a leading international practitioner in Raku Ceramics.

David has exhibited and presented workshops throughout the UK. Europe and USA introducing his processes and work to people worldwide. However in the mid 80’s, using modern kiln materials, he pioneered large scale Raku in the UK. During the late ’80s and early ’90s David was one of a handful of international potters who invented and developed the Painting With Smoke. (Naked Raku) process extending the repertoire of contemporary Raku Ceramics. David’s 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. David’s ceramics are represented in internationally important public and private collections. He is a Fellow of the Craft Potters Association of Great Britain. An exhibiting member of Contemporary Applied Arts and an artist member of the International Academy of Ceramics.