Announcement *HOLIDAY SHIPPING* - Please place your Christmas orders as early as possible to avoid potential delays. I cannot be held responsible for orders not received by December 25th, as postal services are overwhelmed at the best of times and backlogs are possible. International shipping has been turned off due to very high postal rates and extreme delays. If you are outside of Canada or the U.S. and are interested in ordering, please contact me directly. Follow along at instagram.com/don_goddard
*HOLIDAY SHIPPING* - Please place your Christmas orders as early as possible to avoid potential delays. I cannot be held responsible for orders not received by December 25th, as postal services are overwhelmed at the best of times and backlogs are possible. International shipping has been turned off due to very high postal rates and extreme delays. If you are outside of Canada or the U.S. and are interested in ordering, please contact me directly. Follow along at instagram.com/don_goddard
River on Jun 7, 20215 out of 5 stars
Although the chawan pictured isn't the one I ended up with (I had a last minute change of heart and swapped the order for a different one), all of Don's bowls are gorgeous and I am extremely happy with mine, which I'm drinking tea out of daily.
Kathy on Jun 6, 20215 out of 5 stars
These two sake cups are gorgeous. Wonderfully made expressive in detail and glazing! Prettier than expected! Fast and efficient delivery as well!
twomtall on Mar 6, 20215 out of 5 stars
Loved, loved, absolutely loved the 3 chawans. Rugged, sculptural and organic. Beautiful works of art. So happy to receive them.
steeles3 on Feb 26, 20215 out of 5 stars
Another lovely unique set of signature dongoddard sake cups..... These colourful rustic earthenware cups are the perfect compliment to all their other rustic earthenware pals!
My work is made of high fired stoneware or porcelain; or more recently, low fired earthenware clay. They are all functional, one-of-a-kind pieces that can be used for food or drink, and are dishwasher safe. Details about the process and glazes used will be more specific in each listing.
Potter and artist from Montreal, Canada with over 40 years experience in ceramics.
Photographer, Customer Service
My daughter Gwylan photographs all of my work and basically runs the shop, managing my inventory.
Returns & exchanges
I gladly accept cancellations
I don't accept returns or exchanges
I accept returns I do not accept returns
I accept exchanges I do not accept exchanges
I accept cancellations I do not accept cancellations
Because of the nature of these items, unless they arrive damaged or defective, I can't accept returns for:
Frequently asked questions
What is your inspiration?
All my work is inspired by traditional Japanese tea wares. I have focused on this type of work for the last 25 years. I strive to make tea ware and pots in general that are expressive, with strong, simple forms and surfaces that are layered with visual information. As there are so many variables in what I do, there are always surprises and disappointments. The kiln makes the last decision. Therefore, I don't necessarily have specific expectations about what the pot's going to be like. At its best, to me, pottery is simply a relationship with nature. My artist statement always includes "vitality through surface, strength through form, purpose through function".
What is your education?
I am largely a self-taught potter. I attended art school with some courses in clay but never studied ceramics formally. I came to love the Japanese attitude about nature, materials and process over the course of many years working with clay.
Where else can we see/purchase your work?
Larger pieces are viewed pretty much exclusively in Canada at galleries and seasonal ceramics shows. I do sell through a place called General Fine Craft, Art & Design in Almonte, Ontario. They may sometimes ship larger pieces, you could certainly enquire with them (link: http://generalfinecraft.com). Selling 'directly' through Etsy is really all I'm doing so far, and it's still new so that's why I'm beginning with mostly small tea ware pieces.
What is the difference between low fired and high fired?
The term high fired generally refers to stoneware and porcelain clay bodies fired to about 1300 degrees Celsius. Low fired ceramics are usually made of an earthenware clay fired at a lower temperature of about 1000 degrees celcius. Decorative and functional waste are made in both ranges.
For how long have you been doing ceramics?
Do you make your own glazes?
Yes. I currently use about 8 glazes regularly.
What is shino?
Shino is a simple glaze made from clay and feldspar. It was used by Japanese folk potters for domestic ware. In the 16th century it was revered by tea masters for its naturalistic and unassuming qualities.