David William Sampson

Artist Statement

Often in ceramics; cracks, pin-holed glazing, mixing of clay and patchy slips are seen as defects, but I have created a body of work that enhances and celebrates these, each is still beautiful and valid in its own right. They have been made imperfectly-perfect with confident construction and finishes applied. Some will see the children and have an instant parental instinct, then look closer to see that they are decapitated, broken faced or damaged and it leaves people unknowing how to feel; this conjuring of mixture of emotions and it is that very element that evokes intrigue and conversations! Some people are unsure if to be scared, hate or if to love them even more. They are intriguing and curious characters that interact with the world we know, each with their own personality and traits that can be endearing, creepy, eerie or loveable. I am a baby maker and while my children may appear disturbing, just remember, they are only children and want to be loved, come visit the ‘David William Sampson Travelling Orphanage’