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Artist: David Roswell


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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.

David Roswell is a studio potter based in Durham, North Carolina. After completing an apprenticeship with Rusty Sieck, David set up a studio at home, and fires a soda kiln he converted from an old gas kiln. David sells his work at galleries, craft shows, and online.  


David Roswell Pottery (2015-current) 

Work as full-time studio potter. Built a soda kiln, and set up functioning studio. Focus on wheel thrown and altered stoneware, fired to  cone 10 in soda. Organize and host community soda firings with potters in the area.  

Baltimore Clayworks:  Resident (2022) 

Achieved two-month residency.  

Starworks Ceramics: Summer Resident (2019) 

Achieved two-month residency. Took lead on organizing and running group woodfire. Procured wood, made firing and shift schedule, and  coordinated all participants.  

Loren Lukens: Apprentice (2016) 

Maintained studio, fired kilns, did landscaping and studio projects. . 

Chicken Bridge Pottery: Apprentice (2014-2016) 

Renovated and upgraded several spaces in the studio. Maintained studio, mixed glazes, fired kilns, built downdraft reduction kiln. Led marketing, photographed work 

Claymakers Durham: Studio Assistant (2014) 

Maintained studio, fired kilns, recycled clay, mixed glazes, etc.  



Cohorts in Clay with Simon Levin (2021) 

Summer School (2018) 

Alfred University 

Mark Shapiro and Sam Taylor (2016) 

Penland School of Crafts 

Oberlin College (Class of 2013) 



American Craft Council (2020, 2022) 

Baltimore and Atlanta 

Piedmont Craftsmen (2021) 

Winston Salem, NC 

Art In the Park (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021) Artist of Distinction Award(2021) 

Blowing Rock, NC 

Carolina Designer Craftsmen (2019) 

Raleigh, NC 

Durham County Studio Tour (2017, 2018, 2019)  Durham, NC 

Sidewalk Art Show (2019) 

Roanoke, Va 

ARTS Rockville (2017, 2018) 

Rockville, MD 

Centerfest (2017) 

Durham, NC 



Tales of a Red Clay Rambler Episode 401
February 2022 issue of Ceramics Monthly, page 13. 

Piedmont Craftsmen Guild Guild (NC) Pennsylvania Guild of Craftsmen (PA) American Craft Council 

North Carolina Crafts Gallery (Carrboro, NC) French Broad Coop (Asheville, NC) 


North Carolina Executive Mansion 

Raleigh, NC 

Pearlstone Center 

Reisterstown, MD

Ginko Gallery (Ohio) 

Zola Craft Gallery (Durham, NC) Picasso’s Gallery (Graham, NC) Durham Coop Market (Durham, NC) 

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