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David Cleverly was born and spent his formative years in the seaside town of Hastings, on the south coast of England. He attended Hastings School of Art, and then went on to study Fine Art [Painting] at Goldsmith’s College School of Art, London. On completion of the course he taught Art & Pottery for many years in Leicestershire
He later moved to Devon and started making pottery at Haytown. Here he first made a range of brown domestic earthenware with modelled sprigging. David Cleverly now produces a range of decorative coloured domestic ware and individual pieces that include modelled animals following the Stafford-shire tradition. David quotes 'I prefer to follow the strong English tradition of pottery, and borrow from late eighteenth and early nineteenth century Staffordshire makers, such as Walton, Wieldon and Sherratt, although my work differs in being hand built and individual, not press moulded production. I want a reasonable degree of representation and often use recognisable iconic figures frrom history and mythology. These usually interact with animals, but are given a humorous or surreal twist, enhanced by the wording. I also make single archetypal creatures.
David Cleverly is also a member of the Devon Guild of Craftsmen.