Terry Davies was born and grew up in the welsh border town of Shrewsbury, Shrophire in 1961. Struck by clay at 11 years old, this passion has never left. In 2018 Terry celebrated his 40th year since beginning his apprenticeship, holding two major personal exhibitions in Italy. The skills acquired during this important episode of learning has taken him to all corners of the world. At 19 years old, he knew how to throw and control clay into any form needed, but he knew he needed more. The further artistic form of training came from his extensive travels, starting with a period on Green Island Dorset, where he worked and learnt the technique’s of salt and soda firing with Guy Sydneham. After a years’ stay in the French pottery village of Laborne, his passion for wood firing had been seeded, this was by far the most influential chapter of his long journey.
On his return to The U.K in 1992, he set up the Stapehill Abbey pottery, where he first started playing with his textured “Pelle di elefante” surface. Not being content with a stable situation, his travels took him on Australia, New Zealand, south east Asia. He finally settled in Italy in the Tuscan countryside, where now 20 years on, he is exploding with energy and success. As a maker, he is well known in the international field of ceramics, with many prizes, and articles written on his work. His work is shown in many European galleries and museums, public and private collections. His performance firings throughout Europe, never fail to spellbound his public. Watch this space for details of the kiln firing he will be doing at the ICF.
“The most important aspect of my working life is as a maker, I am a potter first. I experiment during each process of making and firing. Fire has always been passion, and I use this medium to break the barriers in my home of Italy, language, culture, heritage. From primitive Etruscan kilns, to modern day materials such as glass bottles, cotton sheets, or news paper. The fire lights up the eyes of the young and old, and puts us all in a feeling of warmth and safety.”
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