large raku fired vessel by David Roberst

David Roberts

Painting with Smoke

David Roberts is one of the most significant ceramic artists working in Europe today.

A distinguished English potter, he has an international reputation as a leading practitioner in Raku ceramics: a technique with its origin in small-scale vessels made for the Tea Ceremony in late sixteenth-century Japan.

Roberts is acknowledged as responsible for the introduction and promotion of modern, large scale Raku in Europe. He has also been instrumental in its re-introduction to the United States of America, where his example has played a key role in the foundation of the Naked Raku movement.

In his personal exploration of this traditional technique, Roberts has transformed it into a vibrant and contemporary art form. His work is represented in public and private collections throughout the world.

Roberts is an honorary Fellow of the Craft Potters Association of Great Britain for services to both British and international ceramics, an exhibiting member of Contemporary Applied Arts and an artist member of the International Academy of Ceramics.

Raku Firing