Exhibition David Roberts

David Roberts aims to create new ceramics that carry a vision clearly anchored within the twenty-first century, as evidenced by the fifteen pieces gathered in the exhibition and created in the course of last year for the Gallery and exhibited in March 2018.

Born in 1947 in Sheffield, Yorkshire, David Roberts was originally trained as an art teacher in the 1960s. He soon took an interest in ceramics and was initiated in the 1970s to the Raku technique originating from small-scale vessels made for the Tea Ceremony in late sixteenth-century Japan. Roberts introduced and promoted modern Raku in Europe and also contributed to its reintroduction in the United States, where his example has played a key role in the foundation of the “Naked Raku” movement, thus named because of the bare clay surface with no glaze whatsoever.