Ceramic artist Terry Davies was born in the United Kingdom. Following an extensive training in the historic Leach tradition, he travelled widely on a voyage of discovery and study, leading him to some of the world’s greatest ceramic centres. He settled in Tuscany 20 years ago where his pottery studio is located on a hilltop overlooking Certaldo.
His experimental approach to texture and form has won him many international awards and exhibitions, with his ‘pelle d’elefante’ technique receiving much praise. The look and feel of this distinctive finish is that of cracked or burnt earth. Davies shares his passion for ceramic art with the public in the form of large-scale experimental kiln firings often using recycled materials, such as glass bottles and paper, taking place in piazzas around Italy and drawing crowds in the thousands to the main squares of Lucca, San Gimignano, Firenze and Faenza. These unique cultural events are an alchemical fusion of earth, water, fire and air.