Artist Statement: Reflecting on my work as a potter I realize it has changed dramatically. The way I think about my work has also changed. My work as a potter, though extremely enjoyable, is not the totality of who I am. I am first an individual striving to become more deeply human. If someone asks me what I do for a living I reply that I am a potter but I am really much more than that. Ultimately, all that I am influences my work. My family is the most important thing to me and making pottery is a very satisfying way for me to provide for them. I never want to become so consumed by my work, as a potter, that I cannot hold it in a healthy context.
A native Kansan, Danny Meisinger was raised on a farm in the Gardner area and graduated from Gardner High School in 1984. As an alternative to an advanced biology class he enrolled in his first high school pottery class. At the time he had no idea it would lead to one of his chosen professions, but he did realize something in school had finally piqued his interest. After graduation his interest in ceramics grew into a desire to study ceramics more seriously, which lead him to take classes at Johnson County Community College and the University of Kansas. Upon completing several courses, he left college to start his own business as a potter. Armed with desire and enthusiasm, he set up his SPINNING EARTH POTTERY studio in an old horse barn and started making pots. He discovered the best way to become better was to simply make a lot of pots, so that’s what he did. The experience he gained helped him develop the discipline required to become a professional potter. Danny now shows and sells his work at art fairs throughout the country and has won “Best of Category” and “Best of Show” awards. As a professional potter he has adopted the philosophy that “there is beauty in function,” so he works to artistically shape clay in ways that bring function and beauty together. The Dolphin Song, of which Danny is a co-owner, is pleased to serve as a gallery for his work and offer a complete selection of this ‘functional and non-functional’ pottery for sale at our Gardner, Kansas store.
Danny served six years on the board of Accessible Arts, Inc., a not-for-profit organization dedicated to making the arts accessible to everyone, including those with special needs. In 1993 he helped found the not-for-profit Waldorf Association of Greater Kansas City and currently serves on their board. He also works as a teacher at Lake Farm School, a Waldorf-inspired school, leading main lesson and specialty classes. Danny, his wife Diana, and their four children currently make their home in the Spring Hill, Kansas area.Danny enjoys demostrating and teaching his technique to interested groups.