David Walters is a Franschhoek based studio potter whose wheel throwing skills are as legendary as his exquisitely crafted porcelain.
Recently he has been specializing in customized dinner ware designed in consultation with chefs and private clients.
With a B.A.Fine Arts degree from the University of Natal, he was for a short but memorable time with Tim Morris in late 60’s.
Until his Caversham Mill studio was washed away by a flood, he and his wife Michelle were the driving force behind the formation of The Midlands Meander in Natal, after which the family set up The Particular Pottery in Kenninghall, Norfolk in the late 80’s.
He was chairman of the Members Advisory Committee of the Craft Potters Association in London, and chairman of the Suffolk Craft Society, exhibiting with the East Anglian Potters Association and the Norfolk Contemporary Craft Society.
Returning to South Africa in the late 90’s, the Walters’ established The Ceramics Gallery, their studio and home in the heart of the Winelands where he’s been joined by daughter Sarah who completed a degree in Sculpture at the Norwich School of Art in England. She also works in porcelain, throwing work of great delicacy and fluidity.
David still favours wheel thrown porcelain as a medium, and working with Raku glazed and ‘Smoke’ fired burnished white stoneware. He has exhibited all over SA and the UK.
Amongst his many achievements are being a Fellow of Ceramics Southern Africa, and a selector and award judge for both National and Regional Ceramics SA Exhibitions.
He is the motivator of the annual ‘David Walters and Friends’ Ceramics Exhibition held at the William Humphreys Art Gallery in Kimberley, a National Gallery, which currently honours the life and work of Juliet Armstrong and will be on display in Cape Town as an appreciative tribute to her, entitled Legacy Exhibition.
He also coordinates the annual Franschhoek ‘Art in Clay’ Festival’, where six local art galleries show contemporary ceramics during the month of November.