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About Don

Don Davis is a native Floridian, recently returned to live and set up a studio in Flagler Beach. He operated a full time studio in Asheville, NC for 20 years and then served as university professor for 16 years before moving here. While Don’s work is always inspired by ancient ceramic cultural history, since moving to Flagler Beach his work has changed a bit , now reflecting our local environment’s colors, textures and forms, becoming an expression of this place. Believing that total involvement is important, Don makes all of his pieces by hand, concocts his own stains and glazes, and fires his own kiln. The work that you see, whether sculptural or utilitarian, is the result of much research, practice, and testing. Drawn to art at an early age, Don got his start in clay when he was six at the Jacksonville Children’s Museum and then in oil painting with his mother when he was eight. He and his family also lived in Italy, South Carolina, Virginia, Hawaii, and California while he was a youngster. Don received his MFA from Rhode Island School of Design and his BFA from University of Florida. He is the author of Wheel Thrown Ceramics and has contributed to numerous other publications. His work is included in the collections of the International Museum of Ceramics in NY, the Mint Museum in NC, and Shirakawa Public Hall in Japan among others. He was commissioned to make pieces for the film Last of the Mohicans and has conducted workshops and presentations at institutions in Europe and the United States. Experimental Archaeology has been an important facet of his research including the design, construction, and firing of an ancient Etruscan replica kiln, The ‘Nuovo Forno Etrusco Project’ at Castello Spannocchia, Italy. “My ongoing dedication to clay work springs from an enduring love for the material and the processes of forming and firing it. I cannot think of anything better to do. My goal is to do the best work that I possibly can and hope for the results to be objects of lasting value”