DAVID STUEMPFLE

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DAVID  STUEMPFLE
David Stuempfle creates his pottery skillfully and in a straightforward manner. He takes his inspiration from various cultures including early Chinese and Japanese wares and the rugged beauty of Korean folk pottery. “I make my pots from a mixture of local and commercially mined clays and fire them in a tunnel kiln which originally stated out as an adaptation of the local groundhog kiln. My main clay body includes clays that come from my land as well as elsewhere in the Seagrove area. Usually, I slake down the clay that I’ve dug and dried to make it into a slip then screen it and add dry materials. Then it goes into plaster bats set up onto tables to get the water out. There is always clay in the making.” — David Stuempfle
Featured Piece
DAVID  STUEMPFLE Gourd Bottle with Tall Neck

Gourd Bottle with Tall Neck
- Wood fired stoneware
21 x 11-1/2 x 11-1/2 in
$ 600.00


DAVID  STUEMPFLE Gourd Bottle with Tall Neck
Gourd Bottle with Tall Neck
Wood fired stoneware  
21 x 11-1/2 x 11-1/2 in
$ 600
DAVID  STUEMPFLE Gourd Bottle
Gourd Bottle
Wood fired stoneware  
20-1/2 x 12 x 12 in
$ 600
DAVID  STUEMPFLE Long Neck Vase
Long Neck Vase
Wood fired stoneware  
22 x 13-1/2 x 13-1/2 in
$ 700
DAVID  STUEMPFLE Saddle Vessel
Saddle Vessel
Wood fired stoneware  
8 x 18 x 11 in
$1,600
DAVID  STUEMPFLE Square Vessel
Square Vessel
Wood fired stoneware  
4 x 14 x 14 in
$1,600
DAVID  STUEMPFLE Tall Vase
Tall Vase
Wood fired stoneware  
24 x 10 x 10 in
$ 700
DAVID  STUEMPFLE Vase with Three Handles
Vase with Three Handles
Wood fired stoneware  
16-1/2 x 14-1/2 x 14-1/2 in
$ 600

DAVID  STUEMPFLE

DAVID STUEMPFLE

DAVID STUEMPFLE Biography

David Stuempfle creates his pottery skillfully and in a straightforward manner. He takes his inspiration from various cultures including early Chinese and Japanese wares and the rugged beauty of Korean folk pottery.

“I make my pots from a mixture of local and commercially mined clays and fire them in a tunnel kiln which originally stated out as an adaptation of the local groundhog kiln. My main clay body includes clays that come from my land as well as elsewhere in the Seagrove area. Usually, I slake down the clay that I’ve dug and dried to make it into a slip then screen it and add dry materials. Then it goes into plaster bats set up onto tables to get the water out. There is always clay in the making.

“Although good ideas, materials and techniques are essential, judgment is left for the finished work alone. Studying history has taught me an appreciation of the great diversity of ceramics and has given me an awareness of our own short time to contribute. This has led me to focus on a limited range of work with the intention of exploring it in depth.” — David Stuempfle

Stuempfle studied at the High Mowing School in New Hampshire. He apprenticed for two years in Tennessee and spent the next many years as a journeyman potter in various parts of the United States. He has lived and worked in Seagrove, NC for more than 15 years – a community with a long and evolving pottery heritage. His pottery has been exhibited in venues including the North Carolina Museum of Art, Campbell House Art Museum (NC), The Hermitage Museum (VA), Hambidge Center (GA) and the North Carolina Museum of History.

David currently works from his studio in North Carolina.

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