Whistle Post Pottery is based in the River Road neighborhood of Eugene, Oregon. A whistle post is a sign marking the spot where a locomotive engineer has to sound the train's horn or whistle. Our home and studio is within earshot of the Union Pacific mainline and the refrain of the passing trains is the soundtrack to much of our waking and sleeping lives. It seemed fitting to salute it with our name. The industrial influence of the railroad is tempered by the Willamette River, a quarter mile to our east. Thanks to this original dominant feature of the area we frequently spot Bald Eagle and Osprey as well as trains.
Whistle Post Pottery was created in 2009 after we moved from England to Eugene in search of more space and adventure. The pottery is David's creative vision and skill developed through twenty years of practice shored up by Melissa's ability to do a little bit of everything.
Originally from Stoke-on-Trent, England, an area known as 'The Potteries' due to spawning Royal Doulton, Wedgewood and many others, David moved to Bristol to attend the University of the West of England. After graduating in 1997 with a BA in Ceramics he established his own studio and sold his work in markets and galleries across the southwest of England.
In 2000 Melissa and David met and joined forces, establishing a home together in Bristol and adopting far too many dogs. Feeling curious about the world outside his studio David retrained as an Arborist in 2004 and wound down his pottery. Needing even more excitement than swinging in trees with a chainsaw we moved to America and settled in Oregon, where Melissa had grown up. More circumstance than design we ended up in Eugene and found ourselves in a region where trees and pottery were plentiful. The abundance of natural inspiration and creative outlets rekindled the urge to work with clay and Whistle Post Pottery was born.