David Robinson

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Meet the Artist

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  • About This Artist

    I was born and grew up in a small town in the Mississippi Delta and have always found the greatest solace as a maker. Around the year 2000, I discovered ceramics and committed myself to working exclusively in clay. In 2015, I “quit my day job” and began a new career as a full-time studio ceramist. I’ve had the honor of being selected to four prestigious art residencies in the US and abroad and have been a visiting artist at UGA.

  • Q&A With This Artist

    A: My ceramic sculptures are all hand-made with limited use of molds to create each one-of-a-kind piece. I work with a terra-cotta clay body which is fired to around 1,940 degrees F. Each individual component in my sculptures are hand-glazed with 2 to 3 coats of glaze to achieve the variety of matt, flat, glossy or metallic surfaces you see in each sculpture. The sculptures are fired 2 to 3 times to achieve the final results.

    A: I love the tactile experience of working in clay, the materiality of the clay body and the knowledge of the long history of its use as both a functional and sculptural medium.

    A: The work in this series investigates the residue and artifacts of the human experience and the elusive search for order, logic and meaning in that which is left behind. It explores the space between seemingly disparate objects and states: The present overlaps the past; the industrial competes with the organic; and the ephemeral dances alongside the enduring. These sculptures investigate issues of mortality while embracing and celebrating the unknown.

    A: I draw inspiration from the world around us, particularly the world of nature and the random artifacts and residue of our human experience. Discarded building materials, objects in nature (such as fungi, slim molds, plants, bones), historical relics, ancient objects created by our earliest ancestors.....all of these things fascinate me and are subject to reinterpretation, abstraction and juxtapositioning.

    A: Craft/art is the thread that connects us to our ancestors and to each other. It is something we build on, something we re-interpret, and something we pass down to future generations. Craft speaks to communities and identities.

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