David Wright

David  Wright has been making pots since 1974, working in rural Leicestershire.

All work is made from coils or ropes of clay. His method of working is slow, however paddling and scraping the surface allows the form to be modified whilst building. Each pot is therefore very individual; it has a unique character, with a distinct textural surface.

Boxes, bottles and bowls are David’s reference points. It is important that the work he makes retain some function, even if this is only to hold a single flower or stem of grass. A large part of the work he produces uses reclaimed wood for lids, boxes and caddies.

The pots are glazed with simple ash glazes from the ashes of different woods; traditional Shino glaze is also used to give warm reds and oranges. Finally, the pots are fired in a wood-fuelled kiln to over 1300°c.

Pots taken from the wood-fired kiln are imbued with a particular warmth and beauty. You can follow the passage of the river of fire by the deposited ash; look closer and a whole landscape of subtle colours are revealed.

David fires the one cubic metre kiln himself and firings last for about twelve or thirteen hours, using pallets and scrap timber as fuel. Like the making of the work, firing is slow, quiet, rhythmic and a time for contemplation. The heat and effort of stoking is physically demanding and the two days the kiln takes to cool offers a welcome rest.

David’s work is held in private collections in Europe and USA.

Recent Exhibitions
2015 Theemaas, Rotterdam
2016 Ropewalk, The Box Gallery, near Kingston upon Hull

Solo Exhibitions
2010 From the Fire at the Mark Parker Gallery, December
2010 Art in Clay Hatfield and Farnham
2010 Des Cendres et des Flammes (Of Ash and Flame) Exhibition at La Maison de la Poterie, Sadirac, Nr Bordeaux
2010 Ceramic the Form and the Function, December
2009 Art in Clay Farnham
2009 Harley Christmas Art Market
2009 Ceramics South East 2009 (winner of the best stand award)
2009 NPA, Yorkshire Wolds Gallery
2009, Desire, 78 Derngate, Northampton
2008 Winner of the Arts for Rutland Decorative Arts Prize at Catmose Gallery, Open 6 Dec
2008 Art in Clay, Hatfield
2008 NPA at Fifiefofum and Hornsey’s Ripon
2008 Potfest, Perth
2008  ClayArt (winner of Valentine Clays best Stand award)
2007 Open exhibition Leicester City Gallery
2007 Potfest in the Pens
2007 Clayart
2007 CPA associate stands at ClayArt 2006, Oxford ceramics fair 2006 and Earth and Fire

2012 – 50/50 Harley Gallery, October

Group Exhibitions
2012 – 50/50 Harley Gallery, October
2012 Keramisto, September
2012 Wirksworth Festival, September
2012 Oldenburg Ceramics Fair, August
2012 Potfest in the Park, July
2012 Art in Clay, Hatfield, July
2012 Earth and Fire, June
2012 Residency at Bevere Gallery, Worcester, June
2012 Winner of best stand at Fired works, Blackthorpe Barn, May
2011 Christmas Art Fair,  Harley Gallery, November
2011 NPA, Gallery Oldham, November
2011 Art in Clay, Farnham, November
2011 Art in Clay, Hatfield, August
2011 Earth and Fire, June
2011 Clay2day at Keukenhof, May
2011 Northern Stars at the New School House Gallery, April to June

New Ceramic/Neue Keramik issue 3/16.
Klei issue 4/15
Wood-Fired Ceramics, 100 Contemporary Artists