David Roberts (°1947, Sheffield , UK ) is a distinguished English potter who has established himself as a leading international practitioner in raku ceramics. In his exploration of a technique which has its origin in the making of small vessels for the Tea Ceremony in Japan , David Roberts has transformed it into a vibrant and contemporary art form.
His pieces are coil built, raku fired and completed by a prolonged smoking and cooling process. Finally the pots are cleaned and sealed with a natural wax. His rounded, volumetric forms serve as a perfect three-dimensional canvas for his painting with smoke.
David Roberts says about his work:
“ For the past 25 years I have devoted myself to making hand built raku ceramics. Large and simple, my vessel orientated forms exhibit a concern with the volumetric qualities of hand wrought pots together with a fascination for, and control over, surface markings arising from the firing processes. Since 1990 conventional glaze surfaces have been abandoned to investigate the aesthetic possibilities of differing textural treatments of the clay body and its interaction with smoke markings and deep carbonisation. In a manner similar to a painter using pigment on canvas the fundamental elements of fire and smoke are exploited to express meaning and define form. The resulting vessels reflect an engagement with my local landscape and interest in post war abstract painting.”
David Roberts' work can be found in museums and private collections in Europe , Asia and America.