Dave & Boni Deal live and work at their Livingston Mountain home in the Cascade foothills of Southwest Washington State. There they caretake a 160-acre tree farm and live a rustic rural lifestyle, enjoying the beautiful wonders of God's creation.
Dave creates the clay forms on his potter's wheel or with a slab-roller. Boni draws Pacific NW images onto the damp clay surfaces and helps with other surface designs. Dave does most of the glazing, the bisque firing, and the dramatic raku glaze firing.
A good less-than-10-minute video made for PBS TV shows the Deal’s at work at their home: www.opb.org/programs/artbeat/segments/view/136
Their three children all helped with the pottery from a young age until they grew and flew off on to their own life adventures. (Getting together as often as possible is Boni's delight.)
*******DEAL WEBSITE HISTORICAL NOTE*******
When updating “About Us,” I nearly deleted Gabriel’s following writing, but, due to nostalgia, will leave it in as a historical note!:
There's five of us in all, Dave, Boni, and the siblings: Gabriel, Sarah, and Michael. Since 1976 we've been living at our home in the mountain backwoods of Camas Washington, a beautiful albeit primitive place to grow up (actually I moved out when I started college). Dave loves living without electricity and all the niceties that come with it (I did say primitive); as for the rest of us, we have our doubts (very strong doubts).