David Constantine White (1948 – 2011) – was a well respected, innovative working potter who was fascinated by the challenges of clay and ceramics.
David spent his childhood and youth in Halifax where he relished the fact that, although surrounded by the trappings of an industrial town, he could be in the midst of nature and wilderness within fifteen minutes.
With his sketchbook to hand, he recorded the colours, textures and diversity of the natural life around him. His observations were to inform his use of colour, design and texture throughout his career in the studio pottery to which he devoted his life.
David had a formal art education but did not find the direction he sought through academic study. In his early twenties he worked his way round France, becoming fluent in the language and making life-long friends. He had enjoyed working with a local potter, Isaac Button, at weekends and holidays and upon his return to England put the experience he had gained towards forging his own career as a craft potter. He taught himself geology so that he could identify his own sources of clay and studied methods of firing pots, building his own kilns if necessary, to achieve the results he wanted.
David was particularly interested in tin glazes and was an expert in majolica techniques. He spent many years imparting his experience and knowledge, teaching in the local community, both in colleges and at his own pottery workshop in Mytholmroyd, West Yorkshire.
We are currently producing a book to show David’s work and to demonstrate his unique views of life and pottery. If you have any contributions which you would like to offer, please get in touch.