The Potter: How one artist fired up his career


Dan Tomcik’s love of pottery began with his love of food. A lifelong cook and pizza maker, he felt great satisfaction from others, enjoying what he made. Then, he realized that experience could be greatly enhanced by serving it on a dish that was thoughtfully and beautifully created.


Dan’s lunch plate starts as a 3 1/2-pound ball of clay, pounded onto a pottery wheel, then spun and compressed into a flat disc and expertly shaped into a plate. 


Next, it is dipped in glaze to give it the desired color and finish. Then, it’s time to turn up the heat.


The plate is then packed into a gas kiln and fired twice in an all-day process. Once it cools enough to un-brick oven, the finished product is revealed.