David is a maker, researcher and theorist dwelling on the relationship between craft, art and design and with a particular focus on the place of the hand-made and fire in post-industrial culture, particularly within ceramics. He has a BA in Philosophy and Literature from the University of Warwick, where he was tutored in aesthetics by Father Cyril Barrett. He has subsequently developed an international reputation as one of the leading exponents and theorists of Raku-fired ceramics and firing having authored two significant books and participated in many international exhibitions and symposia, examining ceramics and Craft. His work is featured in many publications on ceramics.
The first publication, Raku – Investigations into Fire dealt with theoretical underpinnings to raku–firing practices around the world; on the basis of this investigation he was invited to create the collaborative, touring exhibition fixing light-fixing fire with the designer and photographer involved in the formation of the book. This then metamorphosed into a further theoretical querying in the book: Firing – Philosophies within contemporary ceramic practice. This is at present finding its next resolution in the making and firing of ceramic forms strongly related to the body, in a further (material-based) expression of this deepening inquiry.