David produces one-off pieces, using white earthenware clay, decorated with coloured slips, oxides and under-glazes covered in a range of coloured or transparent glazes.
David’s decoration is inspired by the movement, patterns and textures created by the application of slips and pigment while the clay surface is either in motion or stationary. His interest in rhythm and movement finds echoes in the natural world, in waves, in vapour trails, the laying down of sediments or erosion of rocks by water and wind and by the formation of marbles and metamorphic rocks. Recent pieces are concerned with the textures of everyday surfaces and how these can be transformed by the use of colour – applied by brush, spray diffuser or by pouring.
In addition to throwing pots on a potter’s wheel David forms large bowls and platters applying clay to plaster moulds cast and turned to his own designs. The bowls are trimmed on the wheel ensuring an even thickness before he adds thrown clay foot-rings.
Unique surfaces are produced by a wide range of techniques including the impression of textures into the soft clay and infilling these with colours (similar to Japanese “mishima” decoration where designs are engraved). David sometimes inlays shapes over the already decorated surface using contrasting colours, patterns and textures
David is constantly experimenting to discover new ways of applying textures, pattern and colour and where possible replicating processes found in nature.
The interior of his bowls are meticulously glazed using a lead-free and food-safe glaze. The exterior is often glazed in a contrasting colour or burnished and then waxed to a soft sheen after the final firing.
David’s ceramics have been exhibited regularly at the Mall Gallery and the Royal College of Art during the annual “Art for Youth” exhibition. His work has also been shown at Lauderdale House and the Westbourne Studios. David has exhibited at craft fairs at Henley, Dulwich, and Islington and his pots can be bought (by appointment) from his home in north west London.
David Gee trained as a potter at the Camberwell School of Art and Design in the 1970s during what has become known as the School’s “golden age” for ceramics. The ceramics course at Camberwell was established by some of Britain’s leading potters such as Colin Pearson, Lucie Rie and Hans Coper. David completed his training at Goldsmiths College
David has combined his practice as a potter with a successful teaching career, heading the Visual Arts Department of an inner London comprehensive school, teaching ceramics at adult education classes, and tutoring and lecturing at the Institute of Education.