Dean White has been crafting art and traditional pottery for more than 30 years. He began his career after attending art school at Munson Williams School of Art, and soon after established his retail shop, White's Pottery and Gifts, in Deansboro, NY. Dean has taught pottery classes at his studio for many years.
Working with clay and producing designs of his own creation has been a very personal and fulfilling career for Dean. His passion for his work shows in the beauty of his designs. This is the direct result of Dean's personal philosophy that the items we use in our every day lives should reflect the care and quality of being handmade and from the heart of the artist.
All of White's Pottery is designed to be functional as well as beautiful. The pieces are each hand-thrown on a pottery wheel, one piece at a time. As each piece is individually hand made, no two pieces are exactly alike, and all sizes are approximate. These variations are the result of being made by an artist. All of the pottery is made by Dean from stoneware clay. Each piece goes through several steps from start to finish, including two kiln firings. The final firing is at over 2000 degrees Fahrenheit, making the clay into durable, non-porous stoneware. Stoneware is an excellent cooking medium, as it distributes heat very evenly, and holds its temperature for a long time. The pie dishes will help produce the best piecrusts, and should be treated as glass for baking temperatures. All of the pieces are glazed in colors created by Dean. He formulated his recipes so that they are all food-safe, and they contain no lead. The pottery is ovenproof, as well as dishwasher- and microwave-safe. These pieces are meant to be used and are designed with function in mind. For example, the flour canister holds a full 5pound bag, and the batter bowl is designed to hold a standard-mix or a single-batch recipe. The handles are sturdy and comfortable to hold, and the shapes and colors are beautiful to display. This pottery travels from the china hutch to the oven to the table with style.