Introduced to ceramics in high school in Australia, Dan later apprenticed with a painter/sculptor in Bangalore, India while pursuing his undergraduate degree in comparative religion, anthropology, and languages. With subsequent experiences studying ceramics in Japan and Jerusalem, he worked in a ceramics studio while studying at Zhejiang University in Hangzhou, China. He continued to make and instruct in ceramics while pursuing a PhD in French & Arabic literature at UC Berkeley, and then taught Arabic in Ithaca, NY alongside teaching classes in the Cornell University Pottery Studio. In 2007 he started an 18-month residency at the Cub Creek Foundation in Virginia, followed by 3 years as Chris Gustins assistant and studio manager. Dan followed up his fall 2011 residency at Watershed with residencies in Denmark, France, Québec and Boston.
"Eyes and ears are poor witnesses for man if their souls do not understand the language." ~ Heraclitus