About Dave Clingman

About Dave Clingman

Kia ora. Welcome to my website.

Ceramics is amazing. You take a lump of clay and push or squeeze and smoosh it in various ways, and out comes a work of art or perhaps a simple pot.

I’ve been creating ceramic art for a year and enjoy it immensely. When I’m not actually smooshing clay, I am often thinking of what I might do next.

I most enjoy working on the wheel, but I also do some handbuilding. I aim for a balance in my pieces between the functional and artistic aspects of ceramics.

I enjoy experimenting with colours and glazes, and how they mix and merge together. I also experiment with the beauty of mixed and recycled clays. My favourite glaze combinations are currently tenmoku brown overlapping zinc blue, and magic white overlapping tenmoku brown.

Glazing is the part that can fascinate or frustrate me. It seems I never know for sure what the final glazed product will look like.

Perhaps the glaze runs or flakes or doesn’t quite cover the area I intended. So frustrating. Or maybe two glazes mix perfectly together to form a third, unexpected colour. Fascinating.

I have become a kiln technician and restored an old kiln for my use at home.

When not working on ceramics, I enjoy bird-watching in Zealandia and around Wellington. I also work as an editor for books, magazines, newsletters and websites.

I am based in Newlands, Wellington, New Zealand.

I am a member of Wellington Potters Association, and my potter’s mark is registered with New Zealand Potters.

Check out my Instagram feed.

And you can find some of my work at my Felt store.

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