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Dorset Visual Arts,
Little Keep, Bridport Road,
Dorchester, Dorset

DT1 1SQ

Phone
 
01305 853100

DAVID GRAHAM

About David Graham

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" Coiled pots in sculptural form are my particular passion in the medium of clay, though I sometimes make more traditional forms.

 

I have also been creating pieces in copper, in bronze, and in laminated wood, and in the latter years these time-consuming pieces have challenged me with their fusion of artistic design and engineering challenges."

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Studio: Uplands, Lime Kiln Road, Lytchett Matravers,

Email: davidmgd77@aol.com

 

Number: 01202 620082

I was born in Bournemouth in 1945 and on leaving school I studied sculpture and pottery at Bournemouth and Poole College of Art on a National Diploma in Design course, followed by 2 post-graduate years. The highly regarded pottery course was under the leadership of David Ballantyne, a Fellow of the Society of Designer Craftsmen, and I became a student member of the society. On the sculpture course I learned the skills of working in diverse materials, and displayed work in student exhibitions in various venues.

 

I was subsequently employed as a specialist tutor. I taught pottery in Adult Education.  I worked at Winchester College for some months building a kiln to David Ballantyne’s design, and I was assistant to the art master at Canford School, Wimborne for some 4 years, with a remit to extend the teaching of pottery and sculpture.

 

In my early 30s I left to pursue an unrelated career, as a military firefighter, and during these years I wrote poetry, and spent much time in observation and enjoyment of Dorset’s coast, countryside and wildlife. These  experiences were a major influence on my later design work.  It is only following injury at work and retirement that, at the age of 60, I returned to ceramics and sculpture. I relish getting 30 years of ideas out of my head and into my hands.

 

Now in my early 70s, I am working at my home in Lytchett Matravers for pure enjoyment.  Coiled pots in sculptural form are my particular passion in the medium of clay, though I sometimes make more traditional forms.   I have also been creating pieces in copper, in bronze, and in laminated wood, and in the latter years these time-consuming pieces have challenged me with their fusion of artistic design and engineering challenges.

 

Participation in Dorset Art Weeks since 2008 has been very enjoyable and the discipline of having to have ready a body of work for display every two years has been stimulating. I have had over a thousand visitors to my studio during Art Weeks, have sold work and have received commissions.