Denise McDonald's Profile

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My name is Denise McDonald and I am an Australian potter based in Sydney and working under the business name DM POTTERY.

I have been potting since 1996 when I enrolled in a Diploma of Arts - Ceramics course (Holmesglen College of TAFE - Melbourne). Since that time, most of my experience as a potter has been gained in small scale production studios, including Dartington Pottery in England, Tabletop Ceramics in Melbourne and Omelette Design in Sydney. This experience has given me a focus for consistent quality and functionality in my work which I endeavour to pass on to my customers.

I throw the majority of my forms either completely or in part on the potters wheel. I like the immediacy of working this way where every touch of the clay creates a new curve or bulge, every movement of the fingers has a consequence, every gesture can have its voice. I have…

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  • Female
  • Born on February 14
  • Joined May 10, 2010

Favorite materials

stoneware clay and glazes

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DMPottery
Handmade ceramics

About

My name is Denise McDonald and I am an Australian potter based in Sydney and working under the business name DM POTTERY.

I have been potting since 1996 when I enrolled in a Diploma of Arts - Ceramics course (Holmesglen College of TAFE - Melbourne). Since that time, most of my experience as a potter has been gained in small scale production studios, including Dartington Pottery in England, Tabletop Ceramics in Melbourne and Omelette Design in Sydney. This experience has given me a focus for consistent quality and functionality in my work which I endeavour to pass on to my customers.

I throw the majority of my forms either completely or in part on the potters wheel. I like the immediacy of working this way where every touch of the clay creates a new curve or bulge, every movement of the fingers has a consequence, every gesture can have its voice. I have also been exploring slab building techniques incorporating a vintage relief design and other textures impressed into my clay. My inspirations are wide ranging from the natural world to historical art and craft styles.

I mainly use stoneware clay. Stoneware by nature produces a strong robust product that is non-porous and chip resistant. I formulate all of my own glazes and have taken care to ensure my functional glazes are food safe - they contain no lead or barium.

Enjoy browsing my shop. A pot is not really complete until it is in use in someones home, enhancing their everyday life. My work is designed to look good and function well, so my hope is that each piece will have the opportunity to prove its worth.

My work is always evolving as I develop new forms and glazes so there should always be something new here to catch your eye.

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