Arts Derbyshire

Artist profile

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 all intriguing little characters that are all individual and hold their own temperament, from princes to clowns and apomorphic elements creeping in, these children just want to play, be loved and adopted into a new family.

Creative Genre

  • Ceramics, sculpture,

Work Undertaken

  • Workshops
  • Demos
  • Exhibitions
  • Talks
  • Fairs
  • Education
  • School
  • Artist in Residences

Work in Education

  • PGCE 2014 Art and Special Educational needs


Become a registered member

Submit your artist to our directory by becoming a member of Arts Derbyshire.


Sign up to our newsletter

Find out what’s on with the Arts Derbyshire newsletter.

Artists, creatives, cultural providers, arts and health specialists – Sign up for one of our professional mailing lists.