Hi! I am Delaney McDowell, owner of Delaney Designs, LLC.
I make functional Handmade Pottery in Saint Leonard, MD.
The story of my start:
I have always been creative. I guess it starts with my Grandma. She is immensely creative in all things especially sewing. She bought me my first sewing machine when I was 7 and that was it, I was hooked. I love being able to transform something in to something beautiful.
As time went on my creativity was put to the side to start a career in the financial industry. I had been in the industry up until 2020, when my perspective was completely changed.
My husband and I had went to my Mom’s house in Chaptico, MD where I grew up. I can’t remember exactly how this was brought up, but she showed us the first mug that I ever made. This mug is in the top 3 of the ugliest mugs I have seen. Really, I molded people chasing each other on the outside of the mug. Much like myself I like the odd things.
The spark starts the flame....
The very next day I had my husband take me to the store to get a kids pottery wheel. Yes, a kids pottery wheel. What started as a hobby during the Covid-19 pandemic, quickly grew in to a passion. After a short time I knew this was it. A realization that this is what I’m supposed to do. My heart pounds for pounds of clay. My life began to change right before my eyes.
So now I have figured out my passion… while still working full time. This was a lot on me to say the least. Finally one day loading my kiln after working both jobs a pot broke and that was it. I had a break down and my husband had enough. Enough seeing me struggle to keep up with it all.
He said start your dream. So I did.
All the credit goes to God. Life will take you on a journey you never know where you’ll end up, but his plans are always good.
I am so appreciative of the kindness of others. Without it my business would not be where is is today.
Actual photo of the first mug I have ever made.