British Studio Ceramics

David Fry is one of Britain’s leading ceramicists and studio potters and is based in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.
He has practiced for 40+ years, exhibited widely in the UK and abroad,
featured in several specialist publications and won many awards.
His unique, beautifully designed glazed stoneware is inspired by his love of English Mediaeval pottery and
the ideas and simple forms of the early Japanese, Chinese and Korean potters.

To achieve the multi-layered ‘colour within colour’ effect he reformulates the classical oriental glazing techniques: Flambe; Chun, Jun; Wood Ash; Copper Red; Lang-Yao; Shino; Iron Blues; Celadon, and high-fires the stoneware in a single burner natural gas kiln he built himself. These processes produce exquisite and unique pieces that exhibit profound beauty and depth.

For further information on glazing processes, please click here: Oriental Mystery and Glazes


gold shino glaze

14" sq. pressed platter, with a gold Shino and copper red glaze.

Jar with copper iron and ash glaze

8" dia. jar , copper red glaze overlaid with ash and iron.

Visitors are welcome to his studio which is situated in an 18th century courtyard, which interestingly was originally the courtyard of a Roman Milecastle 1800 years ago, part of Hadrian’s Wall, which David himself discovered and proved the line of the Wall though Newcastle. The discovery was made during the restoration of a group of
buildings which became the Newcastle Arts Centre.

See the ‘Archaeology’ page and the ‘Tiles’ page for more information.

For pottery tuition see the  classes page . For pottery and ceramic repair and restoration  - see  restoration page. 


moon jar

Moon Jar - Iron blue with copper splash


To the Studio – Ceramic Clips from David Fry on Vimeo.

Craft and Design mag. Silver Award



wood ash and copper glaze

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