DMPottery

Handmade ceramics

Sydney, Australia · 328 Sales

DMPottery

Handmade ceramics

Sydney, Australia 328 Sales On Etsy since 2010

5 out of 5 stars
(146)

Announcement   Hi and welcome to my shop. I am a full-time potter hand making functional ceramics for beautiful living.

Please explore my website at www.dmpottery.com.au to discover more about what I do and why I do it. I am a member of the Australian Ceramics Association.

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Last updated on Mar 10, 2016

Hi and welcome to my shop. I am a full-time potter hand making functional ceramics for beautiful living.

Please explore my website at www.dmpottery.com.au to discover more about what I do and why I do it. I am a member of the Australian Ceramics Association.

Denise McDonald

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Denise McDonald

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Average item review
5 out of 5 stars
(146)
rachellereeve

rachellereeve on Jul 20, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

These mugs are stunning. I am so pleased with them. I ordered one for a friend and it was so beautiful I bought an extra for myself. I'm glad I did. They are a great size for a good long cup of tea or some hot soup, and have a pleasing substantial-but not too heavy-weight to them. They have a lovely tactile quality with their subtle ridges and rustic seam and that gorgeous embossed flannel flower pattern. I love the way the milky glaze pools in the impressions. It was a pleasure ordering these items. Denise was helpful, courteous, and extremely prompt. My parcel arrived very quickly and the treasures inside were securely packaged and in pristine condition. I could not recommend Denise's craftsmanship or service highly enough and I would not hesitate to shop with her again.

Willo

Willo on Jul 13, 2016

5 out of 5 stars

I bought these for soup mugs and am very happy with them. Being thicker than fine china they keep the heat in very well and they are a nice size to hold. Of course they look lovely too.

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There are often many failures behind the successful ones that make it to the shop. Working with ceramics is challenging.
Here, I'm using a different clay and it would seem that the new clay can't take the inherent tension in this form.

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I'm making more tea bowls today.
Here you see the base being refined on the potters wheel. Clay gets cut away as the wheel rotates until the desired shape and foot ring look right.
Later the pots will get fired, glazed, then fired again.

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About

Maker of things ceramic

My 6 year old niece asked me recently what I do for a job (she had just been on a visit to her dads' job in an office). We were in my studio at the time, playing with clay. I said "this is my job". She said "What! You just make lots and lots of things out of clay and that's your job?" "Yep, you've got it". I'm not sure if she was impressed or thought her aunty had lost the plot...

My life is simple. I make lots and lots of pots and then sell them in various places; in galleries, in shops, at market, and here.

It took me awhile to arrive at this simple existence. First I was in an office working as a Landscape Architect. Next I was a student again, learning about clay, then I was working in a series of pottery workshops - some big, some small. Then, oops, I found myself working in a large Bank in England. Then finally after many years, I am back in Sydney running my own pottery studio business.

Those 'lots and lots of things out of clay" are functional tablewares, feature vessels and occasional sculpture and jewellery.

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  • Denise McDonald

    Owner, Maker, Designer, Curator

    Originally educated as a Landscape Architect, I went on to do a Diploma of Ceramics in Melbourne (Holmesglen TAFE) in 1996/97 and then a Traineeship at Dartington Pottery in England.

Shop policies

Last updated on April 13, 2016
My experience in production pottery workshops has taught me to aim for consistent quality and functionality in my work which I endeavour to pass on to my customers.

My work is made entirely by me and fired to durable stoneware temperatures (1200-1260C) in an electic kiln. I generally work in batches following a particular form and glaze style to create wares that are collectable as sets and repeatable. As this work is handmade, each piece will be individually unique in its details - the great attraction and strength of handmade objects.

My wares are made either on the potter's wheel or by using a soft slab technique or interestingly, a combination of the two techniques.

My functional tablewares are glazed in durable glazes that are lead and barium free. They are food safe and can be put in the microwave or dishwasher (unless otherwise stated in the item description). As with all ceramic wares, take care regarding thermal shock - it is not advised to take pots directly from the fridge and put them in a hot oven.

Accepted payment methods

  • Accepts Etsy gift cards
Payment
Items will not be shipped until payment has cleared. This includes e-cheques. Once items have been shipped you cannot cancel your order.
Shipping
I take great care to ensure your purchase is securely packed. I employ a 'double boxing' technique - the pottery is bubble wrapped, than put in a close fitting box (or cardboard wrap), then put in a larger box with padding between the boxes. I recycle packing materials as much as possible. I have not had a breakage yet.

If I have charged more than the actual postage cost by more than $3, I will refund the difference immediately after shipping. Shipping costs reflect the nature of heavy and fragile items. I use Australia Post to ship orders unless requested otherwise. If you would like insurance or registered post, please convo me to discuss prices. I base my estimates on the Australia Post online calculator - you can view this here; http://auspost.com.au/products-and-services/postage-assessment-calculator.html

I make every effort to post your order within 2 working days of receiving payment. I usually manage it the next working day.

Note to buyers outside Australia: Any customs and tax expenses are incurred at the buyers expense. Please allow plenty of time for delivery and extra time at Xmas. Keep in mind that Australia is far away from most of the rest of the world and delivery may take a little longer than you are used to. Times to the US for example vary greatly from approx. 7 to 21 days. I cannot be responsible for any delay to delivery caused by customs and postal processes.
Refunds and Exchanges
I do not accept exchanges so please choose carefully.

Here are the two situations where I will refund your purchase;
1) I will do refunds in situations where the item sent is different to what you have purchased, ie the item is not as described in the listing in terms of size, colour or form.

2) I will refund if the item is broken in the post on its way to you. I take extreme care to pack purchases securely so they arrive intact and have not yet had a breakage but if the worst does happen you will be refunded the purchase price (+ shipping). I may ask that you send me a photo of the damaged item, preferably at the point of unpacking.

The following are examples where I will NOT refund. If the buyer:
- has provided incorrect address details,
- has failed to act on customs notices,
- has been unavailable to accept delivery,
- has changed their mind about their purchase,
- has damaged the item
Additional policies and FAQs
I accept special requests, so please feel free to ask about what I can do for you.

Denise McDonald
Registered business name: DM Pottery
18 Frederick Street, Randwick NSW 2031
member of The Australian Ceramics Association
denise [!at] dmpottery.com.au
www.dmpottery.com.au