Gifts of Love Pottery

American Made Since 1992

Sally Durkee

West Bend , Wisconsin
Hand made in America by Sally Durkee one at a time. Food safe oven, microwave and dishwasher pottery bowls and platters. Recycled bottle platters

Tell us about your business.

I was taking a class in ceramics and then wanted to expand my knowledge so I took ceramics at the college in my town. Where I learned to throw on the wheel and slab roller using stoneware clay. I love nature and leaves and ferns are what I use the most in my designs. No two are exactly alike I like them hand made, just like life, it is not perfect and neither is my pottery. They are thrown on the wheel or I use the slab roller for my creations. I sell my items at craft shows and Etsy. I also teach the pine needle basket coiling on my pottery bases at basket conventions.

What makes your business stand out?

They are made one at at time. I use nature with my work so it makes each one unique. The pine needle baskets turn out different with each one I create. It is endless designs that one can create using nature.

What's the best business advice you've received?

Use your own designs and ideas, do not copy others. Do not give up because of a bad show or slow year. Don't be afraid to try something different. I think you have to do more than just one thing. I make pottery bowls and platters, pine needle baskets and recycled bottles.

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