Magpie {19}

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Woodfired stoneware mug and jug, with tenmoku glaze; by David Gundry

We were given two of these mugs and the matching jug as a wedding present by some kind Devon friends. I’ve discovered this week that they were made by David Gundry, a retired GP who lives on the edge of Dartmoor. The mug shape is really comfortable in the hand, and the glaze is one of those whose beauty increases the more you look at it. I’ve been thinking about kilns more than a little this week and David’s is something else (take a look at these three videos #1, #2 and #3). If anyone out there would ever like some help with a wood firing, please let me know. I’d love to witness the process first hand.



13 thoughts on “Magpie {19}

    • Me too Claudia. At first sight they are quite utilitarian, but they are much more than that. The shapes are very carefully thought through… comfortable to hold, easy to pour, lovely to drink from… all signs of a very fine craftsman.

  1. My aunt-in-law lives in the same village as David Gundry, so I’ve met him a couple of times. His studio is in an amazing place – looking straight over onto the moor.

  2. Can you imagine producing that amount of work! Talk about putting all your eggs in one basket, I would be having palpitations all the time it was firing. David’s kiln is a reminder of the kiln at the Leach Pottery in St Ives. I visited it and enjoyed looking around the old workshop that Bernard and his associates used for many years. The modern facitilities are a world away. Very interesting videos. Thanks Juliet.

    • You’re so right Debbie! I’d be having kittens. In fact I don’t think I could handle the stress. I’m ashamed to say that I never visited the Leach Pottery when we were living in Devon. I never managed to fit it in during the various trips to St Ives… somehow we always seemed to be on a tight schedule. Something to look forward to though.

      • Worth a visit while you’re there but not a special visit, if you understand me. I was surprised at how little was made of ‘The Leach Pottery’ in St Ives. We drove past the place and had quite a time finding it. What struck me was how gloomy it was, I bathe in bright white light in my studio and couldn’t cope in anything less. It was very atmospheric though and had pictures of Bernard in his favourite chair by the fireplace where it was said he examined the finished ware. I could see it! It was interesting to see some of his tools too. Glad I went.

  3. Juliet, lovely photos. I am delighted that you like the pots, and thank you for following and posting the blogs. If you are ever back in this part of Devon, feel free to come by. Good luck with your ceramics. David G

    • David, how lovely to hear from you. Thank you very much for the kind offer. I’m hoping we’ll make it back to Devon one day… so I may well take you up on it. Til then we will continue enjoying using your beautiful pottery.

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