David and Kate Chesar focus on creating pottery that is functional. Each piece is designed with the user's comfort in mind. Slip brushwork and/or carved embellishment enhances the visual and tactle interaction with their forms. Occasionally the couple takes a detour into sculptural work examining findings in nature.
The treadle wheel where Kate commonly throws her pieces breaths a life into the forms. The kick arm that powers this "unplugged" potters wheel allows her to throw pieces that are round, yet not round. Also, she has the ability to throw squared and oval pieces that are visually lively and personalize themselves to the hand holding them. She began developing this technique by watching her teacher at Kent State, Kirk Mangus.
David's carving is recognizable from a distance and calls to the viewer, "touch me". His motifs and patterns are always evolving, but constantly working to accentuate the forms. His love for ceramics began at the University of Dayton studying with ceramic artist John Britt.
David and Kate work and reside in Dayton, Ohio.