David Wulfeck received a BA from San Fernando Valley State College (now California State University at Northridge) in 1971. He worked as a ceramics lab technician at UCLA and Cal State Northridge, and at Cuesta College. He received a Masters Equivalency in ceramics in 2005 and taught ceramics at Cuesta College from 2005 until his retirement in 2013. He has exhibited his work at Freehand Gallery in Los Angeles for many years.
Wulfeck’s involvement with ceramics began as an art student at San Fernando Valley State College in 1968. While he was studying painting he also took a sculpture class where he was introduced to figure modeling and learned the rudiments of abstract three-dimensional form; this led to a fascination with plastic clay. He then learned to throw on the potter’s wheel, and never stopped.
Over the years, his wheel-thrown pottery has evolved through a process of simplification and refinement. His work is characterized by strong form, subtle surface and a direct approach to craft. His work has been influenced by the New York School, particularly the painting of Mark Rothko and the sculpture and drawing of David Smith.