“Africa is a source of raw creativity, filled with a rainbow of colour in its fauna and flora. With all of this to feed the senses, it is not difficult to find inspiration in Africa.”Inspired by the beauty of creation and the natural environment, David Moss incorporates elements of plant, animal and water life into each artwork. His preferred medium is porcelain as its crisp, white surface is the perfect platform from which to begin the composition of a piece. Porcelain can also be high-fired to ensure strength and durability of the pieces.
David incorporates elements of his life and environment into each item, from his tree sculptures to his oriental koi creations and wildlife-themed dinnerware. “Each piece I create holds a part of me and is born out of my respect for nature and the life around me which I was taught at an early age.”
He endeavours to inspire his clients with a sense of serenity and hope from each item.
David believes that his art is primarily inspired by the ultimate creator, God himself. “With each piece of clay thrown on the wheel, there is a fresh revelation of how God shapes and moulds us, creating new things within us.”
Other inspirations include his family, nature, music and various life experiences.
Not only is David a gifted ceramicist, artist and sculptor, he is also a talented musician and horticulturalist. An avid gardener, David enjoys spending time tending to his lithops, aloes and cacti and pruning his numerous bonsai. Elements of these passions are clear in a number of his pieces including his tree sculptures and wildlife-themed dinnerware. Although a major portion of his lush garden is indigenous, he has merged local species together with other botanical families to create a thriving ecosystem in the middle of the city. “My garden is an idyllic setting and I am blessed to have my home studio surrounded by all of the things that I love most.”
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David’s ceramic studio overlooks a tranquil stream which flows into a large koi pond – one of the main features of the garden. “In Japanese culture, koi are associated with perseverance in adversity and strength of purpose. They inspire me because they stand for courage and attaining goals.” David’s koi creations have been sold to various collectors worldwide including the Indonesian Isles, the UK and the US.
David is also inspired by various musical genres. His eclectic taste includes Barbra Streisand, Josh Groban, opera and other classical music.
The continent of Africa, and his birth country of South Africa are also a great inspiration to David. “Africa is a source of raw creativity, filled with a rainbow of colour in its fauna and flora. With all of this to feed the senses, it is not difficult to find inspiration in Africa.”
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David’s first introduction to ceramic design was at his high school in East London, in the Eastern Cape of South Africa. He took ceramics as a subject from standard 8 (grade 10) to matric. Recognising his talent, his teacher (John Steele), encouraged him to his career in art.
David went on to complete his National Diploma in Ceramic Design with three distinctions at the Port Elizabeth Technikon (now Nelson Mandela Bay University or NMMU). Following his graduation in 1998, David lectured in ceramics at the Russel Road College Art and Design faculty in Port Elizabeth for four years. He continued his studies and graduated with a Baccalaurus Technologia Ceramic Design Degree, Cum Laude, from the Port Elizabeth Technikon (NMMU) in 2002.
David has made a name for himself in the international art world, with his pieces featured in a number of lifestyle publications in New York, The Netherlands and the UK.
In South Africa, he has been featured on the exclusive lifestyle TV programme, Top Billing.
His work is displayed at a number of galleries, as well as in the homes of private collectors around the world.