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First Name

Daniela

Last Name

Dbj

Nickname

DBJ

My Ceramics

In the studio I like to do

Throwing on the Wheel, Sculpting

Pottery Wheel

Bailey

Clay body

Earthenware

Clay Brand

Not sure 🤔- earthenware, majolica red

Kiln Type

Electric Kiln

Kiln Atmosphere

Oxidation Atmosphere

Temperature

04 to 06

Glaze

Mostly just a white or clear glaze, then I paint on it with stains (like Mason Stains).

You can buy my work from

Just contact me in The Ceramics School, send me a message. I am now on Instagram as Dani.j. 5059. You can direct message me there as well.

About Me

Introduction

My name is Daniela. I was born and raised in Tuscany, Italy. I make Italian majolica with my own twist. I am interested in wheel throwing more than anything lately.

What I Love about Ceramics

I love everything about ceramics. I love the way it feels in your hands, I love how wheel throwing is a magical experience, with shapes appearing from nowhere right under your hands. I love trimming and creating an interesting foot for my pots. I am determined to get better at it and I am not going to stop trying.

I love painting my pieces, like watercolor on clay.
I am also thinking of going back to sculpting small objects, like figurines. So much to explore! 🙂

How I started with ceramics

All my life as a young girl I had wanted to make ceramics. After I graduated from college I lived in Perugia, Italy,  for a while. There I stopped by a store where I saw a young man paint on tiles, pots etc. I was mesmerized by his skills as a painter. I had to learn how to do that! So I walked in the store and asked him if I could do some painting as well, and he let me have some of his paints and a few objects to paint at home. He then suggested that I take a bus to Deruta where the whole town makes ceramics, and that I enroll in the local Accademia della Ceramica. So I did, and the rest is history!

What inspires me

The painting on ceramics of Italian masters is my original inspiration. Lately, amazing potters online have shown me the intricacies of wheel throwing, so they are my inspiration as well.

What I'm working on at the moment

Right now  I am perfecting my technique on the wheel, but I am also learning how to market my pottery, thanks to “The Ceramic School”. I still have a lot to learn and I am looking forward to the rest of my life as a potter.

My Artist Statement

My majolica is functional earthenware, for the use in the home and the joy of the eyes. It is meant to give comfort and peace.

My CV

When I first came to the States, my whole life revolved around ceramics and I attended quite a few shows in Rhode Island and Connecticut. Then, mostly for economic reasons, but also to fulfill my other passion, foreign languages, I obtained a Masters Degree in Spanish and I proceeded to teach Italian and Spanish for 27 years. I loved every minute of it, but any chance I got, I would be back in my shed working on the wheel or at my kitchen table painting. I have recently retired and it is time now to go back to being a potter. I am looking forward to the future!

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