David Gee trained as a potter and printmaker at the Camberwell School of Art and Design in the 1970s, during what has become known as the School’s “Golden Age” for ceramics. The ceramics course at Camberwell was established by some of Britain’s leading potters such as Colin Pearson, Lucie Rie and Hans Coper. Gee completed his training at Goldsmiths College, London.
Gee produces one-off pieces, using white earthenware clay imported from the famous pottery area of Kannenbäckerland in Germany. He decorates with coloured slips, oxides and under-glazes which are then covered in a range of coloured or transparent glazes. He has developed techniques for printing and applying patterns, textures and motifs directly onto the soft clay prior to forming.
In addition to throwing on the wheel, Gee hand-builds lidded boxes and canisters. His larger bowls and platters are formed by applying clay to plaster moulds (made and turned to his own designs). The bowls are trimmed on the wheel ensuring an even thickness before he adds thrown clay foot-rings.