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~~~~UFO Sighting~~~~

UFO for us means.....Unique Fabulous Originals!

Every now and again, we will sneak into our Professional Artisan Team members stores and snap a picture of some of their Awesome pieces of Art. Then we will bring it back here for all to see. 

Today's UFO sighting comes from the store of:
Duane Collins
Elements Pottery 
Everyone wave to Duane!!!

Duane was nice enough to answer a few questions too!
Who are you?Duane Collins of Elements Pottery~Enchanted Pendants & Beads
Where do you live?
Port Huron, Mi.

What do you call yourself? (Artist? Hobbyist? Professional Ceramicist?)
I call myself a beadmaker.

How long have you been creating Ceramic Beads and Pendants?
3 years

What inspires your work?
I am inspired by flora and fauna and natural themes. Geological, organic, and even architectural motifs. I'm also inspired by classical design and Ancient World Art.

What is your process?
I specialize in raku.
Favorite Clay type? Glazes?
Raku clay and raku glazes.

Favorite Themes or design inspirations?
Fantasy and Nature.
Who do you admire in your field and why?
I admire Lisa Peters Russ for her sheer creative force and diversity and Marianne Kasparian for her innovative raku.


What are your favorite tools or equipment?
I love all my tools, too many to list here. 

Any advise for newbies?
Persist, Experiment, Read and Research, and work every day at your chosen medium. And above all-Have Fun!!

  You can find Duane's Awesome Raku Art here:Elements Pottery
Duane's FaceBook page


  1. Waving! Beautiful work and love the glazes!

  2. We love you Duane!!!!
    Your Raku rocks!!!

  3. YOU kick ass, Duane!

  4. great work! it's very inspiring!

  5. Omg, Duane. I love my butterfly (horizontal) pendant! Only three years? That is CRAZY!

  6. Beautiful Duane....Good to see you cant get into to much touble on a blog. TEEHEE Lovely work!!!!

  7. Your work is lovely and I can see that you spend a lot of time on detail. Raku can be very challenging but it is really worth the sweat and tears that often goes with it - your beads are proof of this.


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