About

Made by hand on the potter’s wheel, one piece at a time, Daniel Bellow Porcelain is non-toxic, and dishwasher safe, and with proper care should last for hundreds of years. There’s a lot of iron in the new glaze and it will not go over well to have them smoke in someone’s microwave. Things that are made by hand have a life of their own, a spirit, that machine made objects, no matter how well designed, cannot hope to match

I measure the pots with my fingers and adjust the kiln according to the sound of the burners and the color of the flame, so some variation in size, shape and color is to be expected and valued for its objective integrity. This is the whole point of handmade pottery in a machine world where everyone agrees the highest and best use of silica is in the manufacture of microchips for computers.

The clay I use comes from ancient mountaintops washed down into stream beds over millions of years of rainy days. When my bones have crumbled to dust and this website is forgotten, archaeologists yet unborn will excavate my studio and find pieces of pottery with my stamp on them.

I was the kid in high school who hid out in the ceramics studio. I went to gallery openings and haunted the second floor landing of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where they keep the Chinese porcelain and the Japanese stoneware. I won the studio art prize my senior year, and went on to apprentice with my teacher Tom White in Northfield, Massachusetts and study with Mary Risley at Wesleyan University.

Thinking I needed a real job, I became a newspaper reporter, which was a great ride while it lasted but now looks like a decision to go into the buggy whip business in 1899. In 2001, I was between jobs, and my friend Danny Pearl got killed in the line of duty in Pakistan. I decided life was too short not to do what I really wanted. I sat back down at the wheel and rediscovered my joy.

I decided that if Paul Gauguin could quit his job to become an artist at 37, so could I. But instead of leaving my wife, two small children and two large dogs and going off to Tahiti to drink myself to death, we all moved back to the Berkshires and established the Daniel Bellow Pottery in Great Barrington in 2002.

My work is sold in finer galleries and in Anthropologie stores from coast to coast. I teach at the Great Barrington Waldorf High School and IS183 Art School of the Berkshires. In the summertime, I fire wood kilns with my friends here in the North Carolina of the North.

The Particulars

All shapes are available in all glazes, and orders for things that are not in stock are done in four to six weeks. Communication by email to daniel@danielbellow.com is most effective.

Shipping & Returns

Packing

Fired porcelain is remarkably heavy and requires adequate packaging to ensure it arrives in one piece. For this reason, a standard packing charge of 10 percent applies to all orders.

Delivery

Orders within the US are sent by UPS Ground Service. The farther it ships, obviously, the more it costs. Please use the shipping calculator. https://wwwapps.ups.com/ctc/request to see what it will cost for the men in the little brown truck to bring your package. International parcels are sent by surface mail. If you would prefer air mail, which does cost considerably more, please email or call to discuss. As long as the item is in stock, it will be dispatched within 2-7 days. If is is temporarily out of stock, it may take between 4-6 weeks to make, but we will endeavor to get it to you as soon as possible, and keep you in touch with its progress.

Due to the hand made nature of these pieces and the reduction firing process, both glaze and body may alter in color slightly depending on where they are positioned in the kiln. In my view, this only adds to their charm.

Returns

If you receive it and you don't like it, return it to Daniel Bellow Porcelain within 7 days, using UPS Ground Service. A replacement or refund will be made when the item is received.

If the men in the little brown truck damage your purchase (they can be so careless) send picture of smashed pot to Daniel Bellow Porcelain and keep the box so we can rub their nose in it when they come to review our insurance claim. A replacement will be sent as soon as practically possible.