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Welcome to Elements Pottery!

My name is Duane Collins. I am a full time clay artisan. I've been full time since the early 80's.

How it all began....

I sat down at the potter's wheel for the first time in 1971 and never would have guessed it was a life changing moment. If covering my hands in mud could be called love at first touch, then I would have to say it was so. Little did I know that this college elective course would eventually become my career.

I studied with other potters in the 70's in Boulder, Co. as a member of Brimstone Potters Inc. (now defunct) and Centrecraft Studios <not to be confused with Centre Craft Pottery in Boulder>. Should any of the…

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  • Born on September 18
  • Joined May 2, 2007

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clay, metal, wood

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About

Welcome to Elements Pottery!

My name is Duane Collins. I am a full time clay artisan. I've been full time since the early 80's.

How it all began....

I sat down at the potter's wheel for the first time in 1971 and never would have guessed it was a life changing moment. If covering my hands in mud could be called love at first touch, then I would have to say it was so. Little did I know that this college elective course would eventually become my career.

I studied with other potters in the 70's in Boulder, Co. as a member of Brimstone Potters Inc. (now defunct) and Centrecraft Studios <not to be confused with Centre Craft Pottery in Boulder>. Should any of the great folks from either of those former co-ops read this, please drop me a line. I would love to hear from you!

Where it went from there.....

I relocated back to my home town of Port Huron, Mi, here at the confluence of Lake Huron and the blue waters of the St. Clair River in 1983. I set up a pottery studio determined to make a go of it. Well, nearly 30 years later, I am happy to report the dream is still alive and well.

This is what I do...

Although wheel work has always been my primary focus, it is not limited to that. I also use a slab roller to make hand built pieces. In the last couple of years I have taken to the walls...well besides climbing them sometimes...I mean wall pieces. I like to think of them as a cross between a painting and wall sculpture. They are absolutely my passion!

As well as.....

I started making pendants and beads a year or so ago for my talented wife, who is a jewelry designer <in the process of making her Etsy site>. Lo and behold, I discovered a parallel universe I was completely unaware of. Soooooooo, add that to the repertoire as well.

Why I do what I do...

Mainly because I love it! I am as passionate now as I have ever been and it just seems to keep growing. I keep trying new things out, stretching the envelope. I use glaze, underglazes, overglazes, slips, engobes,and several different clay bodies. I use textural techniques, and multiple forming processes and all for the differing end results achieved. I fire electric, gas, and raku. I feel that I have a wide ranging palette which gives me a diverse range of expression.

What moves me...

Like many artists, I am inspired by a host of influences. To name a few, not in any particular
order: Music-classic and contemporary, Jackson Pollack, Maurice Sendak, children, Classical Art...notably Greek. Well...I think you get the idea. :)

My code and my promise to you...

Thank for visiting and reading...if you got this far. I take great pride in my work and that is expressed in the craftsmanship and attention to detail I put into my work. I hope that my photos are able to convey, in part, my commitment to artisan-ship. Should you decide to purchase my work, first let me thank you. With all the fine work available not only here in Etsy but elsewhere, I am gratified for your support. I take great care in packaging to insure it arrives in perfect condition. I also want to assure you that if for any reason you are not perfectly satisfied I will cheerfully refund your purchase
including shipping. I will determine the most economical means of shipping your purchase. International orders are also welcome.

In conclusion...

I love feedback be it positive or constructive. Don't hesitate to drop a line or post a comment. I also love ideas...some of my most successful items were the result of a suggestion.


About Raku:
When the kiln reaches 1850 degrees, the red hot pieces are removed from the kiln and placed into a barrel of paper, straw, sawdust which instantly ignites. The barrel is then tightly covered and the work is allowed to smoke for a duration.
Raku is so trans-formative. The glaze looks like copper with green-blue patina highlights as well as many other colors. Truly painted by fire and smoke. The crackles are part of the rustic raku surface and not defective.
Raku is light yet durable. Makes great casual and evening wear accessories. As a design element, there are so many ways to go...it truly is remarkable!


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