Home Maid Simple: Big Moving Event: Pottery By Dan Review and Giveaway!

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Big Moving Event: Pottery By Dan Review and Giveaway!

I love pottery!  When I see pottery, I see all the hard work behind each piece.  However I have one problem with pottery, I never know where to display it, and how to display it.  It just never seemed to fit in a good place in my home.  Having 3 kids, has probably contributed the most to this.  I was so excited to have an opportunity to review some products from Pottery by Dan, because it meant I had to find and make a place for it in my home.    I am even more excited to share Dan's pottery with you!!  That's right, you have the chance to win a piece for your own home.  Keep reading.

I sent Dan a questionnaire, and here is his response!
PotterybyDan
HMS: What is your name?
PBD: Daniel King

HMS: Tell us a little about yourself.
PBD: I am 38 years old, married, with a lovely 2 year old daughter.  I work in construction primarily, and create handcrafted items in my spare time.  The majority of my items on Etsy began as designs and creations for our own home, or that of family, and friends. I enjoy working with various materials - including wood, pottery, stained glass, and metal.

HMS: How did you get started? How long have you been working with pottery?
PBD: My first contact with pottery was while I was in elementary school, a friends mother had a pottery studio - and I was amazed at the process.  It wasn't until later in life, while attending college, that I began to actively pursue pottery, with classes and workshops - which evolved into a small home studio.
Initially I preferred functional stoneware pottery, the last few years my focus has shifted to decorative Raku pottery.  Raku is a distinct firing process, in which the pieces are removed from a special kiln while upwards of 1800 degrees F with tongs - while the glaze is molten - the pieces are then placed in a container of combustibles, as the combustibles ignite, the container is sealed creating a reduction atmosphere - the unique colors and patterns within the glaze are a result of this process.  Raku pottery is decorative - and not designed to hold liquids or food - prefect for dried arrangements.

HMS: Do you have a favorite piece?
PBD: Truthfully, all of my creations are favorite, and this makes it very difficult to sell any one piece.  This is especially true with the Raku firing process, as the glaze colors and patterns are unique to each piece and impossible to duplicate.

HMS: What motivates you?
PBD: The sheer joy of simply creating something by hand.

HMS: How would you like to see your product used?
PBD: The majority of my creations are decorative

HMS: What is your decorating style?
PBD: Country

HMS: Do you prefer indoor or outdoors?
PBD: Outdoors - hiking, camping...

HMS: What's your favorite season?
PBD: Probably summmer - We spend a good amount of time outdoors, and prefer the warmer weather and longer days.

HMS: Do you listen to music while you work?
PBD: Usually country, or Classic Country.

Thank you so much Dan for being a part of our Big Moving Event!  I absolutely love the pieces!!  Dan sent me 2 pieces of Raku pottery.  Remember how I said I have trouble figuring out where to place pottery in my home? I had no trouble with Dan's.  I opened the box, and I knew exactly where and what was going with this pottery.  In our new home there is a built in bookshelf.  Perfect for books, and decorations.  The pottery had the perfect colors to compliment my Little History of the United States collection.  Don't you think?


And in case you're wondering, the move is coming along just great, see - 

GIVEAWAY TIME!!!!

Are you ready to win a piece of Raku pottery for your home?  GREAT!  Dan sent me a Pottery Raku Birdhouse to give away to one of my lucky readers!  
*Open to US and Canada residents
*Ends 4/22

Mandatory Entry: Visit Pottery y Dan on etsy and leave a comment telling me another piece you like.  Leave an email with this comment

Extra entries: Leave one comment for each additional entry
*Add Pottery by Dan to your etsy favorites
*follow Home Maid Simple on GFC (right sidebar)
*Follow Home Maid Simple on Twitter
*Tweet about this giveaway using 
                 "I entered to win a Raku Birdhouse from Pottery by Dan @HomeMaidSimple http://tinyurl.com/42zb8tq"

*I did not receive financial compensation for this review.  I was provided with a product to review and keep.  All opinions are my own.

33 comments:

  1. I love the Feather and HorseHair Raku Pottery Vase

    Thank you for hosting this giveaway

    Louis
    schnitzomage {at} gmail {dot} com

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  2. I *heart* PotterybyDan on etsy (rosidentevil)

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  3. Google Friends Connect - following your blog publicly as Louis

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  4. following you on twitter @left_the_stars

    schnitzomage {at} gmail {dot} com

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  5. Love the recycled license plate roof bird feeder.
    Thanks!
    angiedkelly at gmail dot com

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  6. Added Pottery by Dan as a favorite under dunkel99

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  7. GFC follower under AEK

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  8. I love the beautiful Stoneware Birdhouse
    junegirl26 at hotmail dot com

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  9. added the shop to my favorites (LuvSophie)

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  10. I love the Stained Glass Panel Crackle Wooden Frame Window Hanging and the pottery with the copper cast, beautiful shop!

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  11. I added Pottery By Dan to my favorites on Etsy!
    MaryLeeByTheSea on Etsy

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  12. I follow this blog on GFC!

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  13. I tweeted about this giveaway!

    http://twitter.com/#!/MaryLeeByTheSea/status/59063302101278720

    maryleebythesea(at)gmail(dot)com

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  14. I love the stoneware birdhouse!

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  15. I follow you on GFC as AnneL.

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  16. I follow you on Twitter as Anneliz702.

    Anneliz702@hotmail.com

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  17. I love his stained glass panels, but I also like the bird feeders using old license plates, very cool! The New Mexico one is very bright & colorful

    micaela6955 at msn dot com

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  18. new GFC follower
    micaela6955 at msn dot com

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  19. tweeted http://twitter.com/#!/micaela6955/status/59228020153651202

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  20. I love the Small Pottery Copper Raku Vase. Thanks for the chance to win!

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  21. I think the recycled license plate roof bird feeder is awesome!
    Thanks! chelseamckell@gmail.com

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  22. I follow you! chelseamckell@gmail.com

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  23. stonewear birdhouse
    shannonsweep at gmail dot com

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  24. I love the large Stain Glass with the Cross in the middle! Gorgeous!
    Thanks, mimilovesall8@yahoo.com

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  25. I added the Pottery Barn as a favorite!
    Thanks,mimilovesall8@yahoo.com

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  26. I follow your blog with gfc.
    Thanks, mimilovesall8@yahoo.com
    Great blog!

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  27. I followed you on Twitter as andersonann48
    Thanks,mimilovesall8@yahoo.com

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  28. andersonann48 annette anderson
    "I entered to win a Raku Birdhouse from Pottery by Dan @HomeMaidSimple http://tinyurl.com/42zb8tq"
    I tweeted this.
    Thanks,
    mimilovesall8@yahoo.com

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  29. I also love the random flower stained glass....beautiful!
    cgies25 at hotmail

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  30. Large Stained Glass Panel - Whitewashed Barnwood Frame - Window Hanging.
    My email is in my profile.

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  31. I hearted PotterybyDan, user name gkran.

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