Introduced to ceramics in Australia, Dan later apprenticed with a painter/sculptor in Bangalore, India while pursuing a BFA in comparative religion, anthropology, and languages. After working with ceramics in Japan and Jerusalem, he spent time working in a studio in Hangzhou, China. He continued to make and instruct in ceramics while pursuing a PhD in Arabic literature at UC Berkeley. He then taught Arabic in Ithaca, NY alongside teaching pottery classes in the Cornell University ceramic studio and taking sculpture courses at the Cornell foundry. After an 18-month residency at the Cub Creek Foundation he spent 3 years as the studio manager for Chris Gustin. Dan has been invited to artist residencies in Maine, Denmark, France, Boston, and Brooklyn. His work is regularly exhibited both nationally and internationally.