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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!
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?
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 –
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!
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