The turmoil in the country surrounding the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, and Bobby Kennedy was tension-filled years for a young black student. It affected his early work, as it reflected the effects it had on his heart and mind. One good day, however, a kind lady’s words turned his whole career from anger to pride and once his career took off, Macdonald never looked back.
MacDonald's work spans over the complete spectrum of ceramic forms of a utilitarian nature. He embraced his strengths and as time went by, the influences he had on his peers and students made him a strong leader in his field.
The impact that his teaching mentors had on his life formed part of the building blocks of his career. One such incident was when Bob Stull visited his studio and saw the potential of an ebony tool that could be used for carving.
Another was a saying by Joseph Gilliard: “You can take this material that has no intrinsic value and turn it into something which is not only beautiful but also useful.”
These little golden nuggets stay with David to this day.
During the MSClayworks conference, David Macdonald will share his lifelong passion for form, texture, and color, while he is making useful items from clay, a material that someone once said, “has in itself, no intrinsic value ...".
He mastered the intricacies of ancient pottery methods while simultaneously embracing modern styles, resulting in an exquisite fusion of old and new. His pottery pieces often showcased a harmonious balance, evoking a sense of elegance and sophistication.
We here in Tupelo will be honored with a master whose work has been collected far and wide over half a century. David will once again become an instructor who continues to inspire his audience.
MSClayworks 2023 is the 2nd clay conference in Mississippi.
MSClayworks is the combined name for clay conferences in Mississippi. See our excellent clay demonstrations and other activities for ceramic artists.