Thursday, August 02, 2012

Daniel Bellow

Porcelain Pottery from the Berkshires 

Established in 2002, Daniel Bellow Pottery offers a full line of functional yet fine porcelain dinnerware. Located in a 19th century carriage barn in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, each piece is individually made by hand on the potter’s wheel. As Bellow describes, "Things that are made by hand have a life of their own, a spirit, that machine made objects lack, no matter how beautifully designed they may be.”

As a high school kid who hid out in the ceramics studio, Bellow was a frequent visitor to the Chinese porcelain and Japanese stoneware exhibits at Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. After college, Bellow began a short career as a newspaper reporter before moving back to the Berkshires and returning to the love of his youth – pottery. 

Bellow explains, "Ceramics, for me, is all about form. I single-glaze most of my work and let the kiln do the rest. I use a downdraft gas kiln I built from scratch in 2003, a cube of firebrick 54 inches square and six feet high so I can stand up inside to load. I fire in a reduction atmosphere, which yields a rich glaze surface and colors that make oxidation glazes fired in an electric kiln look pale by comparison.” 

Bellow continues, “People ask me why I make pottery when everyone agrees the highest and best use of silica is in the manufacture of microchips for computers. I do it because it’s meaningful work that connects me to the essence of life.” 

Bellow says of his home, “We fill it with beautiful things made by real people, objects of utility, works of art and we like to sit around the table eating and drinking and talking and laughing all night long, while the kids go running up and down the stairs and the old dog snoozes on the floor. A life well-lived is itself a work of art." 

Bellow’s porcelain pottery is non-toxic, dishwasher and microwave-safe. If you love what you see here or have any questions, please call Pinch at 413-586-4509 or email