David W. Nelson, Meet the Artist February 26, 2014 (new date)

David holding bowl

Originally scheduled for February 26, this event will now be held at Manchester District Library on Wednesday, February 26, 2014 from 6-8 pm.

David Nelson fell for pottery when his high school art teacher arranged for students to visit her husband’s clay studio at Jackson Community College (now Jackson College). That visit hooked David, who stays in contact with the couple. After taking every ceramics class he could, David earned a BA with a major in Ceramics from Eastern Michigan University.

Following his formal education, David worked in a bookstore and tended his craft in the off hours. His studio has been located Milan, Ann Arbor, and Concord.  Because of his girlfriend, and fellow artist, Barb Hollosy, David eventually landed in Manchester. Today, David volunteers at the Manchester District Library, serves on the Library Board of Trustees as Treasurer, and applies himself to his art. David, who stays in contact with the couple. After taking every ceramics class he could, David earned a BA with a major in Ceramics from Eastern Michigan University.

ash piecesDavid concentrates on functional pottery. Each piece is intended to be used. The pottery is lead free, dishwasher and microwave safe, and can go in the oven. You may purchase mugs, vases, casserole dishes, complete serving sets, tea pots, jars, serving bowls, etc. All the pieces are unique, but branded with his signature style.

Winter is the time David works to build his inventory for the round of summer art fairs. He has exhibited throughout the country. Locally, he likes the Arts Beats & Eats festival in Royal Oak and can be seen this summer at the Ann Arbor Summer Art Fair. Closer to home, and more immediate, a sample of David’s divine work is now on display at the Manchester District Library. February 25, 6-8 pm, David will be at the library to talk about his art, and give a demonstration. Attendees are encouraged to ask questions and participate in the experience.

If you are unable to get to the library to meet David, his studio is located right around the corner at David W. Nelson Pottery, 319 Morgan Street. He is usually in the shop adjacent to his showroom Monday through Saturday from 10am to 6pm. Just because the lights are off, doesn’t mean nobody is home. Come on in; feline studio mates Buddy and Frankie may even greet you. David’s pottery can be purchased directly at his showroom or at The Wild Acorn, 110 E. Main Street where other local artists can also be found.

In addition to making pottery, David also teaches classes and individuals at his studio. From basic throwing and hand building to more elaborate work, David’s affordable classes can be tailored to your needs and schedule. He has hosted Brownie Troops, Birthday parties, Girls’ Night Out, and individual students. David enjoys sharing his craft with pottery students of all skill level. Anyone interested in classes can call the studio at 428-8922 for further information.colorful work

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