David Walters was born in Durban in 1950, and is still not dead.
‘Educated' at Hilton College and the Fine Arts Department of the University of Natal - (B.A.F.A. 1974) - and a short but memorable time with Tim Morris in 1969.
In 1979 he and his family moved from Pietermaritzburg to the Natal Midlands, to establish Caversham Mill Pottery and build a home there. Many exhibitions in the unique surroundings resulted in the formation of the Midlands Meander in the early 1980's. Sadly this all came to an end in 1987, when the Studio was entirely washed away by a flood. The family moved to Norfolk in England.
The Particular Pottery was set up in 1988 in an old Particular Baptist Chapel, in the village of Kenninghall. David became involved with the local Suffolk Craft Society, becoming Vice Chairman, and also Chairman of the Members Advisory Committee of the Craft Potters Association in London. He exhibited widely with the Suffolk Craft Society, the East Anglian Potters Association and the Norfolk Contemporary Craft Society.
Having returned home in 1998, the Studio and Gallery is now in a large restored Cape Dutch Victorian House in the middle of Franschhoek. David still favours wheel thrown reduction fired Porcelain as a medium, and is also working with ‘Smoke' or ‘Pit' fired burnished Porcelain and glass.
In 2002 David was joined in the studio by daughter Sarah, who had recently completed a degree in Sculpture at the Norwich School of Art in England. Sarah works mainly in a pit-fired medium and some glass, combining Raku and her own techniques to produce work of delicacy, fluidity and fragility.
Gas reduction fired domestic and exhibition Porcelain ware. Pit fired porcelain, sometimes in combination with Raku glazes, and slumped glass, sometimes in combination with pit fired Porcelain.
Work generally available from:
I sell the vast majority of my work from the studio gallery. However I do exhibit here and there when asked, notably at:
- The South African National Gallery,
- The William Humphreys, in Kimberley. (They hold an annual "David Walters and Friends" exhibition, where I invite other potters to show on a themed exhibition. This year I decided to draw attention to "Mentoring" and invited potters who had taken the trouble to mentor another potter, and their pupils exhibited too.)
- The 'Gaze Gallery' at Ramsgate on the South Coast in Natal, has stocked my work for over twenty years.
- The Johan Smith Gallery in Clarens in the Free State also has some pieces.
Note: The Dinner service (see image above) was made for Mr Nelson Mandela specifically for use at the Mandela Foundation.
70 cu ft Gas Reduction trolley kiln, and an electric kiln for bisque and glass slumping.
The pit firing is done in a 44 gallon drum in the garden
April 2002 - Pit fired workshop for A.P.S.A. in P.E.
June 2002 - "Variations" A.P.S.A., Bellville
July 2002 -Joint exhibition with David Schlapobersky William Humphreys Art Gallery- Kimberley
July 2002 - Suffolk Craft Society Summer Exhibition, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, U.K.
August 2002 - F.N.B. Vita and A.P.S.A. exhibitions, Earth Summit, Gauteng.
September 2002 - Wedgewood, Natal.
October 2002 - Exhibition, Cape Gallery with painter Vuyisani Mgijima.
November 2002 - A.P.S.A. Regional Exhibition, Cape Gallery.
January 2003 - Corporate Dinner Service and other work the Mandela Foundation.
June 2003 - Exhibition with UK artist Dennis Hales, Swan Gallery, Harwich, UK.
June 2003 - ‘David Walters and Friends', William Humphreys Gallery, Kimberley.
June 2003 - ‘Vessels' Exhibition, A.P.S.A. Bellville.
July 2003 - ‘Shore Thing' Annual Exhibition of the Suffolk Craft Society, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, UK.
September 2003 - Art @ Wedgewood, Natal.
October 2003 - Brett Kebble Art Awards.
October 2003 - Altech Ceramics Triennial.
December 2003 - The Design Shop exhibition, Pretoria.
January 2004 - Like Father, Like Daughter, Bellville.
April 2004 - Gallery Sharon, Somerset West
July 2004 - ‘David Walters and Friends' William Humphreys Gallery, Kimberley.
September - Rust-en-Vrede Gallery, Durbanville, ‘Heritage and Spring' Exhibition, A.R.T. Gallery, Kalk Bay.
October 2004 - ‘Multiples' Ceramics Southern Africa; Regional Exhibition, ArtB, Bellville; "The Long Walk...." Rand Afrikans University, Johannesburg; ‘Small Obsessions', De Kraal Gallery, Paarl.
November 2004 - Summer Salon, Houte Street Gallery, Paarl.
December 2004 - Art Salon at the Bay, Rose Korber.
February 2005 - Heat, Roubaix House Gallery, Franschhoek