David trained at Newcastle School of Art and Bath Academy of Art at Corsham, taught in the prison at Lewes and worked on the sculpture course at the University of Brighton.
The work is burnished, low fired and then bonfire fired using salt, oxides and a variety of combustible material such as bracken, wood by-products. The surface is subsequently waxed to stabilise the carbon deposits and reduced metal and oxides. The interest in this means of production was engendered when the artist discovered a buried piece of Romano-British pottery on an early iron making site (bloomery) near his home. The bonfire fired piece still retained it’s waxed surface and when scratched, smelt of beeswax, proving the stability of this compound. Other influences on the work were megalithic flint tools also found nearby and natural forms.
The work, being waxed, will benefit from further waxing perhaps annually with a good quality beeswax and occasional dusting though not with silicone based products.