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Post  Ev on Thu 27 Aug - 10:56

Daniel Steenstra was an extremely talented man and his reputation as a potter is held in the highest regard. His Father, Grandfather and Uncles were all hand potters and he learnt his skills from them.   He really should have more recognition for the work he produced over his lifetime of potting.  He was a very disciplined potter and produced at a steady rate all day long.  He didn't have to measure for lid sizes, but would occasionally check that he was on track.  His creative ability to make such beautiful shapes out of clay is beyond words.  I heard from a co-worker that he made the pots that Frank Carpay decorated.  There are many things that we still don't know about Dan, but this is what we do know at the moment.  His work is fervently collected by pottery enthusiasts and personally I can't get enough of it !!

Pre Crown Lynn; Dan worked at Crum Potteries according to his son Dom. It would be good to know what he did when he was there.

1953 Started work at Crown Lynn as a Hand Thrower after arriving from Holland.

1954 He married Wendy Bloomfield

1955  A son Dominicus is born.

1957  A daughter Sarah is born.

1967 A daughter Irena is born.

1972/73 He left Crown Lynn after a 20 year stint as a Hand Thrower.

1973 Dan is found working at Beach Artware throwing a variety of domestic ware products.  He taught many of the potters who worked there his techniques which have stood them in good stead.  They can only say wonderful things about Dan and praise his work.  Beach closed in 1978 after Peter Beach passed away.

1978 Stewart Salisbury said that Dan Steenstra worked for him at Stewart Potteries after Beach Artware closed, but not for very long as his heart wasn't into making slipware.

1978 Dan and his family were living in Pleasant Rd Glen Eden.

1978 circa Dan worked for Peter Lowrie a relation of Eva Beach.  Peter Lowrie worked at Beach Artware and used the same glazes on the wares that were made at his pottery.

1981 to 1993 Dan and Wendy are living in Hampstead Rd, Sandringham.

1990 circa Danny is working at Terra Ceramics as a potter for John and Sandra Hommer at Ward Street, New Lynn.  

1992 Daniel retired.

1998 Dan is living in Rawene

1999 Dan is now living at Haruru

2000 on the 7th September Daniel went to Potters' Heaven.  RIP


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Post  Ev on Sat 29 Aug - 17:26

Thanks to one of our fine members for supplying this information about Danny Steenstra.

"I think I can help you with your time line Danny was working at Terra Ceramics in about 1990 He was working under John Hommer at Ward St New Lynn as a potter I had a picture of some of his work but can not find it also have a cup and saucer in NZ any thing you find with Terra Ceramic decal with a vase rather than the TC and is hand potted and hand painted is his work we did a lot of big platter bowls , mixing bowls, teapots sugar bowls and bakeware but he did not hand paint them maybe Sandra Hommer can help you."

So now we have to look out for hand made Terra Ceramics!!!!!!

Looking at the Terra Ceramics Gallery, we may already have some of Dan's work !!!
How exciting !!!!

http://www.newzealandpottery.net/gallery/Terra-Ceramics-New-Zealand/Terra-Ceramics-New-Zealand-cat_c73.htm
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Post  Ev on Sun 20 Aug - 11:53

A chance meeting with Ian Crum for the first time at the Crown Lynn Museum this week and I had to ask him the burning question regarding Dan Steenstra working at Crum Brick and Tile. Oh yes I remember Danny, Ian replied. He and his brother (a Dutch name starting with L ?) came and worked for Dad when they first came to New Zealand. Dad let Danny stay after work and use the wheel. Ian said he doesn't have any of Dan's work unfortunately.
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Post  Maryr on Sun 20 Aug - 11:59

Brilliant Ev! The brother was Thijs.
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