When I was growing up in Highcliffe Dorset, I was lucky enough to be living next door to the talented David Ballantyne. I spent as many days as possible in his studio, and learnt so so much, I made many pots on his specialist wheels, learnt about mixing oxides glazes ( chemistry lesson out of school- wish I had paid a little more attention to that bit at the time). I watched him greeting some of his trade mark pieces, in quite a style of his own. He was my inspiration, the website that his family have created is truly brilliant, and for me a great walk down memory lane, and very happy times.
I have a few pieces of his work in my living room, they are all pieces that were his rejects that he personally gave to me so very special ( to me the rejects are worth more) lol especially as I remember him making them