Dan Chapple’s work is made on the potters wheel and is all Raku fired. He uses highly polished slip resist Raku alongside traditional Raku crackle glazes and more freshly thrown and altered forms. Interested by the surface qualities that can be achieved by the Raku process Dan is currently experimenting with a range of altered Raku incorporating raw glazes, thrown on a potters wheel and then Raku fired.
Dan draws his inspiration from classic Grecian forms, as well as oriental pottery traditions. Contrasting light and dark, with shiny, satin and matt, layering on slips and glazes to achieve varying degrees of crackle finish.
“My work can be visually interesting to look at but also tactile, needing to be touched and handled. There is a lot to see on the surface when looked at closely enough.”
Dan is tutor for ceramics at Plymouth College of Art and Design and has also gained his Bachelor of Arts (BA) in Ceramic Arts and Ceramics there.