David Roswell

Durham, NC | Exhibiting Since 2022

Process drives my creative journey. I love the feeling of a form rising from a ball of clay, the raging uncertainty in the atmospheric kiln, and the joy of pulling out a successful piece, still cooling, and learning its story. My work brings that sense of curiosity, excitement, and pleasure to the user—getting it right into their hands. I make pots for everyday use, so that people take pause and care for the things and people around them.

I use locally-dug wild clay, connecting me with millennia of potters making work to serve their communities and inspire their imaginations. I draw inspiration from the sun-glinted ripples in water, the patterns and disorder of clouds, and the surfaces of weatherworn, lichen covered rocks and logs in the forest. In my newer work, I am exploring themes of haunting liminality.