My name is Danielle, and I am the potter behind Pottery by Danielle.
- How long have you been doing pottery?
- I started doing pottery in 2012 to combat boredom in graduate school. I was studying to get my Master's degree in education, and I took a wheel throwing class at a nearby community art center. And I got hooked, and haven't stopped learning since. I had a break from pottery between 2013 and 2018, but I got back into it, and set up my own basement studio where I make my pottery in my spare time.
- Do you do pottery full time?
- No. I am a high school teacher. I do pottery in my spare time. And no, I don't teach art :)
- Will you ever go full time as a potter?
- This is a deeply personal question that I don't like answering. I chose the field of education enthusiastically and willingly, and have a career built for myself which I am very proud of. There are many practical aspects to why full time pottery isn't for me, which I won't list off. I think there is a narrative that if someone is passionate about their hobby, and successful at it, that they should automatically want to make it their full time job. If I made it my full time job, what would I do to feed my soul and relax outside of work?
- What do you do outside of pottery and teaching?
- I was an outdoor educator for a time, so I have a great love of the outdoors. I live in a part of the US that allows me to enjoy the following hobbies, depending on the season: camping, hiking, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, canoeing, cross country skiing, making my own maple syrup. And when I'm feeling really sassy I like to knit and sew.