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Don Davis

Biography to Display: 

Education 

 1972 BFA, Art, University of Florida, Gainesville, Florida 

1974 MFA Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, Rhode Island 

 

Primary Work Experience 

1976-2001 Studio Potter 

1995-1995 Director Odyssey Center for the Ceramic Arts, Asheville, North Carolina 

1999-2015 Professor of Art 

2015-present Studio Potter 

 

Biography 

Don Davis is known for wheel thrown functional stoneware and porcelain. His later work is hand built and sculptural earthenware. Surface treatments include sprayed glazes, slip trailing, terra sigillata, and smoky and burnished surfaces created in the spirit of ancient pottery.  

Public Collections

Public Collections to Display: 

Alfred Ceramic Art Museum, Alfred University, Alfred, New York 

Asheville Art Museum, Asheville, North Carolina 

The Mint Museum of Craft + Design, Charlotte, North Carolina 

Rhode Island School of Design Museum, Providence, Rhode Island 

Shirakawa Public Hall, Shirakawa, Japan 

Bibliography

Bibliography to Display: 

Clayton, Pierce. The Clay Lovers Guide to Making Molds: Designing, Making, Using. Asheville, NC: Lark Books, 1998. 

Daniel, Alice. “Don Davis.” Ceramics Monthly 44, no. 9 (November 1996). 

Davis, Don, Wheel Thrown Ceramics. Asheville, NC: Lark Books, 1998.  

Davis, Don. 1997.Pottery Basics. 1, Starting to Throw. Weaverville, NC: Sugar Creek Productions, 1997. 

Kortum, Richard. “The Etruscan Kiln.” Etruscan Studies (2014). 

Peterson, Jan., Peterson, Susan. The Craft and Art of Clay. 4th ed. (half-title photo). United States: Harry N. Abrams, 2003. 

Triplet, Kathy. Handbuilt Ceramics: Pinching, Coiling, Extruding, Molding, Slip Casting.  Asheville, NC: Lark Books, 2000. 

 

Website(s):

www.dondavispotterystudio.com

Artist's Studio: Don Davis Pottery Studio

 

 

 

Center for Craft This research was supported by a Craft Research Fund Grant from the Center For Craft
   
AMOCA American Museum of Ceramic Art American Museum of Ceramic Art

 

Typical Marks
1987-1988
Butter Dish
Date: 1987-1988
Materials: Porcelain
Method: Slab Built
Surface Technique: Glaze
Southern Highland Craft Guild Collection
Photo: Southern Highland Craft Guild
Southern Highland Craft Guild Collection
Photo: Southern Highland Craft Guild
Distorted Vase
Materials: Stoneware
Method: Thrown and Altered
Surface Technique: Glaze
Southern Highland Craft Guild Collection
Photo: Southern Highland Craft Guild
Southern Highland Craft Guild Collection
Photo: Southern Highland Craft Guild

Citation: McGee, Donna. "The Marks Project." Last modified March 5, 2021. http://www.themarksproject.org:443/marks/davis-1