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Malcolm Davis

Biography to Display: 

1937Born, Newport News, Virginia

2012Died, Washington, DC

EDUCATION

1955-1959BS Mathematics, College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia

1959-1964Master of Divinity, Union Theological Seminary, New York, New York

1962-1963Theological Studies University of Basel, Basel, Switzerland

1974Ceramics Class, Department of Recreation, Washington, D.C.

1974-1976Corcoran School of Art, Washington, D.C.

1977-1979George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

PRIMARY WORK EXPERIENCE

1981-2012Studio potter, Upshur County, West Virginia

RESIDENCIES AND APPRENTICESHIPS

1980Year-long residency, Baltimore Clayworks, Baltimore, Maryland

 

Malcolm Davis is internationally recognized for his work with shino-type glazes. His search for glazes that would not compete with the form led him to a red shino glaze, discovered while at the Baltimore Clayworks. It took him over a year to perfect his technique which involved starving the kiln of oxygen to create smoke. This glaze is often called “Malcolm’s shino.” He shared the formula for this glaze and it quickly became a sensation in the pottery world. He worked exclusively in porcelain making pots for daily use that were well designed within the context of function.

Davis first touched clay in 1974 at age 37 and became a full-time studio potter in 1984 when he left his previous career as a campus minister. His work was inspired by diverse folk traditions from early Korean to Native American pottery.

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Everson Museum of Art, Syracuse, New York

Mobach Collection, Utrecht, Holland

Museum of Arts and Design, New York, New York

Sarah Lawrence College, Twentieth Century Collection, Bronxville, New York

Schein-Joseph International Museum of Ceramic Art, Alfred  University, Alfred, New York

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Britt, John. The Complete Guide to High-Fire Glazes. Asheville, NC: Lark Crafts, 2007.

Burleson, Mark. The Ceramic Glaze Handbook. Asheville, NC: Lark Books, 2001.

Coates, Michelle. Creative Pottery: A Step-by-Step. Rockport, MA: Rockport Publishers, 1998.

Davis, Don. Wheel - Thrown Ceramics: Altering, Trimming, Adding, Finishing. Asheville, NC: Lark Books, 1998.

Fina, Angela and Jonathan Fairbanks. The Best of Pottery.  Rockport, MA: Rockport Publishers, 1996.

Hluch, Kevin A. The Art of Contemporary American Pottery. Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2001.

Hopper, Robin. Functional Ceramics. Westerville, OH: The American Ceramic Society, 2008.

____________. Making Marks: Discovering the Ceramic Surface. Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2004.

Rhodes, Daniel. Clay and Glazes for the Potter. Southborough, MA: Chilton Book Co., 1973.

Richter, Lester. American Shino: The Glaze of a Thousand Faces. Gilroy, CA: Chameleon Books, 2003.

Tourtillott, Suzanne. 500 Teapots: Contemporary Explorations of a Timeless Design. Asheville, NC: Lark Books, 2002.

_______________. 500 Cups: Ceramic Explorations of Utility and Grace. Asheville, NC: Lark Books, 2005.

Williams, Gerry. "Interview with Malcolm Davis: Shino Warrior." The Studio Potter 32, no.1 (December 2003).

Woodhead, Steve. The Teapot Book. Philadelphia, PA: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2005.

Zakin, Richard. Ceramics – Mastering the Craft. Iola, WI: Krause Publications, 2001.

 

 

 

 

the center for craft, creativity & design This research was supported by a Craft Research Fund grant from The Center for Craft, Creativity & Design, Inc.
   
southern highland craft guild The Archive of the Southern Highland Craft Guild.

 

Typical Marks
Small Box
Date: 2000
Form: Box
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Judith and Martin Schwartz Collection
Photo: John Polak
Judith and Martin Schwartz Collection
Photo: John Polak
Tall Box
Date: 2000
Form: Box
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze
Judith and Martin Schwartz Collection
Photo: John Polak
Judith and Martin Schwartz Collection
Photo: John Polak
Yunomi
Form: Yunomi
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze, Shino Glaze
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron
Photo: Loren Maron
Yunomi
Form: Yunomi
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Shino Glaze
Vase
Date: ca. 2000
Form: Vase
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze
Judith and Martin Schwartz Collection
Photo: John Polak
Judith and Martin Schwartz Collection
Photo: John Polak
Yumoni
Form: Yunomi
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Thrown
Surface Technique: Glaze, Shino Glaze
Collection American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, California
Photo: TMP
Collection American Museum of Ceramic Art, Pomona, California
Photo: TMP
Photo: TMP

Citation: "The Marks Project." Last modified October 27, 2017. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/davis