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David Packer

English-born David Packer has lived in the United States since 1983. Locations include Miami, Washington, DC, and New York City. He graduated with an MFA from Florida State University in 1994. He has curated shows at the New York Spring Break Art Fair (three times) and at Eighty-One Essex. Residencies include MacDowell in Peterborough, New Hampshire; Yaddo in Saratoga Springs, New York; Kohler in Sheboygan, Wisconsin; AIR Vallauris in France; and Youkobu in Japan. Select exhibitions include Exit Art and the Garth Clark Gallery in New York; the Navta Schultz Gallery in Chicago; as well as shows in Morocco, France, and Japan. Packer has received two Fulbright awards to conduct research in Morocco, living in Fez, Tangier, Marrakech, and Essaouira. In 2019, he published a book about Moroccan ceramics, The Earth Has Three Colors.


Astour, near Zagora, Oasis region. These unique pieces, nearly 30” high, were commissioned by someone in a big city as decorative pieces in a hotel or mall. The white coating is ash from the fire pit.
"The weekly souk is a central part of rural life in Morocco. On an appointed day, established centuries ago, vendors congregate in a space, often on the edge of town, to sell their products. In a country that only has malls in the large cities, souks are the centers of commerce for everything locals need: livestock, food, housewares, clothing, bric-a-brac, carpets, and, of course, pottery." This month's FREE article.