David Fry has been making studio pottery for over 35 years, and is now one of the UK’s leading ceramic artists. His studio is based in Newcastle-upon-Tyne in North East England. The aim of his work is to produce beautiful objects that can be used for display or the table. His method of working and the nature of the kiln firing makes every piece a unique work. His inspiration comes from the glazes and ideas and simple forms of the early ceramics from Japan, China and Korea, together with a love of English Mediaeval pottery. He has spent many years studying and working out recipes for the ancient oriental glazes to which he added his own intuition to increase their depth and beauty, achieving layers of colour within colour. He has developed a unique range of Flambe’, Chun, Jun, Wood Ash, Copper Red, Lang-Yao, Shino and Iron glazes, produced in high fired Stoneware. For further information on the glazes see the Oriental Mystery and Glazes page.
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.