David Binns

My home and studio are in a small rural village in North Wales, UK.
In 2020 I was awarded the title Professor Emeritus of Contemporary Ceramics from the University of Central Lancashire, in Preston, UK, after retiring from 40 years teaching ceramics.

For a significant part of my ceramic career I have made sculptural work that served as a vehicle for exploring the inherent properties of clay; adapted through mineral aggregate additions and increasing amounts of recycled material. Most pieces underwent a post-firing polishing process.
More recently however, I have felt a need to re-connect with the fundamentals of ceramics, enjoying a more direct and intimate contact with the clay, and for the first time in my ceramic career, exploring both the vessel and glaze.

My work draws (indirect) inspiration from a number of contrasting influences including contemporary architecture and rock formations found in the natural landscape. Shaped by a deep respect of the fundamental principles of Japanese aesthetics, I strive to make work that has visual richness whilst conveying a sense of quietness, solitude and simplicity. I also hope my work has an ambiguity, possibly suggestive of ritual or ceremony, yet ultimately leaving open questions of purpose or meaning.
In essence, I am attempting to make objects that allude to qualities one might experience in the natural world; having an uplifting impact on one’s emotions whilst hopefully being inherently beautiful.

I have participated in numerous UK and international exhibitions, workshops and symposium and my work is featured in many international collections and publications.

Professor Emeritus of Contemporary Ceramics
Fellow of the UK Craft Potters Association
Member of the UNESCO International Academy of Ceramics.


David Binns


Country, region
United Kingdom


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