David Schlapobersky and Felicity Potter, – studio potters in high temperature, reduction fired stoneware and porcelain – a working partnership since 1973.
- They live and work in Swellendam, a small rural town in the Western Cape Province of South Africa where they have the heritage house “Bukkenburg”.
- Their work is mostly wheel thrown with some slab work and is hand made using their own blends and mixes of clay, glazes, slips and oxides.
- Their output is diverse and prolific, producing a range of work from tableware and decorative pieces to pots of monumental size, garden and indoor containers, decorative urns, washbasins, water features and wine jars etc..
FELICITY, WHAT KIND OF HABITS DO YOU EMPLOY TO KEEP YOUR CREATIVITY FRESH?
- I usually start by going to the broom cupboard and getting the broom out and sweeping the kitchen.
- While I’m sweeping the kitchen a lot of ideas are flowing through my head and when the house is all clean and neat and tidy, I go to the workshop and get on with the job.
DAVID, WHAT KIND OF HABITS DO YOU HAVE IN YOUR LIFE TO KEEP CREATIVITY FRESH?
- It’s not very different. Obsessive, repetitive jobs help to focus your mind.
WHO INSPIRES YOU, FELICITY?
- I think the inspiration comes from the environment and my interest in various aspects of decorative design and I think just keeping in touch with new glazes is very inspirational.
- I think what inspires us most is opening the kiln and getting so inspired and excited by what comes out.
- In a general sense, the inspiration comes from the feeling that I get when I look at these high temperature pots.
- I just need to make more and more of them.
WHO WOULD YOU WANT TO HONOR BY GIVING YOUR ONE SPECIAL PIECE TO?
- I would want to run it by the guy who got me going, Tim Morris.
- And present it that it might be part of his collection.
- I would like his comments and feed back on it.
- As he is not longer with us, I would give it to one of his children.
WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR STUDIO? (Felicity and David answered together)
- We could go the very personal route and selfishly say, it’s ours. It’s our space. The space is enormous.
- We have all the space in the world. It is where the magic happens.
- It’s got doors on all sides which means in the really searing heat it is the coolest place. It’s
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE MUSIC TO LISTEN TO?
- Yesterday we listened to a band from the 70’s called Little Feat.
- It depends on the mood.
- This afternoon we played some Bach.
- Folk music,
- Bob Dylan,
- African music, you name it.
|DAVID’S RECOMMENDED BOOK
|FELICITY’S RECOMMENDED BOOK
|The Ascent of Man by Jacob Brownowski
|Centering in Pottery, Poetry and the Person by M.C. Richards
|Stoneware jar, panels and textured surface, wood ash glaze – 680mm tall.
|Stoneware wine jar (amphora), grey green glaze top and unglazed body, 1200mm tall.
|Porcelain mugs. reduction fired to cone 12.
|Stoneware vase – 220mm tall, copper red and wood ash.
|Stoneware ginger jar – 240 mm tall, green glaze with brush decoration.
Porcelain vase, celadon glaze with brushwork in copper red and cobalt.
|Stoneware plate – 380mm diam, off white glaze, brush decoration.
|Stoneware floor jar – 850mm tall.
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