When Dale first started out, he took courses at Dundas Valley School of Art and Mohawk College. At Sheridan College, he also tried his hand at glassblowing, but the cost factor stood in his way, so he turned to porcelain for its similar translucent quality. Dale likes the way porcelain responds to colour – preferring the Chinese copper reds and celadon blue glazes – that he's known for.
Dale refers to himself as a functional potter because he makes mugs and bowls for daily use. For those wanting to add to their collection or replace an item that's broken, Dale offers custom orders. “There's always a good feeling when someone comes up to you and says that they use your pottery daily and they really enjoy the piece,” he says. “That gives me a real thrill that I've made a connection with them and they are finding a use for my work – I'm providing a useful service that I love to do!”
I don't want clients to display my work on a shelf. People do and that's fine, but I prefer that they use a mug or bowl every day