David Cleverly's hand-crafted ceramics have been extremely popular at White Moose's winter exhibition The Art of Making and there are still a few pieces waiting to be claimed! Designed with a great sense of humour, each sculpture has its own story to tell.
After moving to Devon around 28 years ago, David started making pottery at his Haytown studio, near Holsworthy. He began making his larger earthernware figures in 1992, featuring historical and mythological characters and creatures.
David prefers to follow the strong English tradition of pottery from the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century Staffordshire makers. Although, his work does differ from theirs because his sculptures are hand built and not a press moulded production. Each piece is made in red terracotta and then biscuit fired. The figures are painted with oxides and colours and fired to earthenware temperatures, with a low-sol clear glaze, which allows David to achieve the bright colours he loves to use.