DM Pottery is potter Denise McDonald. She designs and makes by hand functional ceramic tablewares in stoneware and porcelain.
Her most popular range is based on an Australian native flower - the Flannel Flower Range. This work was a finalist in the 2013 Australian Craft Awards. Items in the range include plates, bowls, mugs, cups, sake sets, sushi dishes, teapots, tea cups, jugs, vases and tea light lanterns.
This range makes use of an Art Nouveau design of Australian flannel flowers sourced from a Federation period (c1912) pane of pressed window glass from a house in Randwick. The use of this precious heritage design speaks of our relationship to our natural flora and its use as a decorative motif over time.
Denise also works to commission and can create unique ceramics to your requirements. She has produced tablewares for restaurants and cafes as well as individual requests.
If you love cooking and presenting food in a beautiful manner, or want a special feature piece for your home, taking a look at Denise’s work is a must.
DESIGNER + MADE IN
Randwick, New South Wales
Where do you get your inspiration?
"I am inspired by all sorts of things; found objects, ceramics from antiquity, and especially colours, textures and shapes from nature. I’m also inspired by the production process itself and the happy accidents that can lead to whole new bodies of work."
What has been your favourite piece and why?
"Another range of my work is the Sea Pearl Range. The glaze is completely variable, making each piece unique and to some degree a surprise when it emerges from my kiln. I made a large spherical bowl where the glaze did amazing things. You can see it on my website."
What is your favourite material to work with?
"I enjoy using stoneware clays because they seem to have a warm robust quality that I like in the finished work. They offer strength and non-porous food safe surfaces. I develop all my own glazes for DM Pottery and enjoy this side of ceramic design."
If you were to expand your product range to something entirely different, what would it be?
"I am always experimenting with new shapes and techniques and permanently have ideas swimming around my head waiting to take form. I would love to produce some new work with a focus on simple beautiful form and eye catching glazes that evoke natural surfaces."
Describe your products in three words...
"Unique. Useful. Beautiful."
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