Everything about working with clay—the earthy aroma, the ability to shape it into beautiful forms, and the gorgeous and elusive glazes which adorn the finished product—have captivated Dan since childhood.
Born and raised in Los Gatos, Dan first learned how to throw pottery on the wheel at age 11, as one of the younger students at Blossom Hill Crafts, one of the great teaching studios in the South Bay, and a good friend of Higher Fire.
Though distracted by a career in high-tech training for the last decade or so, Dan finally traded laptops and business travel for kilns and clay. He is now working as a full-time instructor, potter and studio owner, while still making utilitarian and decorative vessels in the long tradition of American- and Asian-influenced clay artists.
Dan’s present work includes ash-glazed stoneware and porcelain, oxblood red and flambé glazed decorative and functional porcelain, as well as a variety of items for the table, including dinnerware in a variety of luscious glazes.