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David Melville

I produce a wide range of ceramics suitable for resale in shops, craft centres and galleries. I like to experiment with glazes, surface textures. All of the work is made from stoneware clay fired in a reduction atmosphere and the majority is designed for use in the home and garden.

mugs, jugs, plates, ovenware, store jars and bread crocks all finished in a silky cream glaze with white insides. This range can be available as bespoke.

I use a wide range of materials and decorative techniques. Firing in a reduction atmosphere allows me to get a red from copper which is used over a rich tenmoku glaze. This results in a running red looking like a fire in the night. I also use combinations of glaze colours, wax and then pour another glaze on top. I love the surprises on kiln opening - slightly uncontrollable and very unique. For a real earthy glaze I dig local clay and mix it with wood ash and chalk which I use over pots decorated with stamps and sgraffito. The materials I use are all natural minerals. I am in awe of the effect the fire has on them.

Plant pots and sculptures made from high fired frostproof stoneware clay. From flying pigs, Kings and Queens to sculpted heads and chicken planters.

Member of Kent Potters Association


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