ARTIST BIOGRAPHY

Daniel Brand was born in Evanston IL but grew up in sunny South Africa where his parents relocated in the 1970s. 

For anyone who lives for their passion, inspiration can usually be traced back to childhood. For Daniel, the acclaimed Pretoria-based ceramicist working in porcelain and stoneware, it started in early childhood. Growing up on the floor of his mother’s studio, where he was involved with clay from an early age.

Initially Daniel’s life took a rather different turn. He worked in the IT and finance sectors until 2012 which allowed him to travel extensively and research different civilisations and peoples and his other passion which remains art. Daniel got reacquainted with clay and his pursuit of this art form began in earnest.  

Since 2017, Daniel has been a full time ceramic artist, selling and exhibiting his award-winning work. He is a fervent believer in giving back and with this ethos Daniel is currently the Chair of Ceramics SA in Gauteng and National Secretary.

ARTIST STATEMENT

I create works of art that are decorative and sometimes functional.

It is important to me to create functional works alongside my art pieces bringing art into the home and everyday life to enhance the pleasure of food or the celebration of space and form in decorative work both provide nourishment for the soul.

The interconnectivity of clay binds us to the past and moulds us for an imagined future through the context of shape and form. My mural and sculptural work lean on the abstract aesthetic.

To create Art is to use the language of the heart and emotions as well as the language of the mind and intellect. Creating with clay is my way to communicate with the viewer and convey my message through this international language of Art.

Awards and Competitions

2017 Gauteng Regional Exhibition of Ceramics SA

2018 Gauteng Regional Exhibition of Ceramics SA

2018 Highly commended Award from Ceramics SA for body of work

2018 National Biennale of Ceramics SA Judged by Kate Malone ( UK)

2019 Gauteng Regional Exhibition of Ceramics SA

2019 The White Gold Ceramic Project UK

2021 In conversation with Colour Symphony – Rupert Museum

 

Affiliations

Member of Ceramics Southern Africa since 2017

Member of The American Ceramic Society since 2018

Member of The National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts (NCECA)

Currently Gauteng Chair of  Ceramics Southern Africa

National Secretary of  Ceramics Southern Africa

Exhibitions

2017 Gauteng Regional Exhibition of Ceramics SA

2018 Gauteng Regional Exhibition of Ceramics SA

2018 Highly commended Award from Ceramics SA for body of work

2018 National Biennale of Ceramics SA Judged by Kate Malone ( UK)

2018 Wings – Association of Arts, Pretoria

2018 Celebration of Cups – Association of Arts, Pretoria

2019 Member group Exhibition – Association of Arts, Pretoria

2019 Solo Exhibition – Association of Arts, Pretoria

2019 Gauteng Regional Exhibition of Ceramics SA

2019 Group Exhibition – Design Quarter, Johannesburg

2020 Online Exhibition – Spring – American Ceramic Society

2020 Group Ceramic Exhibition – Pure South – Hermanus

2020 Colours in Clay group exhibition – Association of Arts, Pretoria

2020 Solo Exhibition – Ceramic Murals – db Gallery, Pretoria

2021 Group Exhibition – Gallery Pieter Scheenloop

2021 G & W Mineral Resources Gauteng Regional Ceramics Exhibition.

2021 This is Art – Cape Town

2021 Clay Celebration – Association of Arts, Pretoria

2022 Association of Arts, Pretoria member exhibition

2022 Pieter Scheenloop Gallerie Exhibition, Pretoria

2022 75 Years Group Exhibition – Association of Arts, Pretoria

2022 G & W Mineral Resources Gauteng Regional Ceramics Ehibition

2022 In Transit Group Exhibition – Tina Skukan Gallery

2022 50 Pots for 50 Years Exhibtion , Ceramics SA and Association of Arts, Pretoria

2022 Corobrik National Biennale Exhibition – Cape Town

2023 Hermanus Fynarts Exhibition

2023 Art Alive Exhibition Pretoria

2023 Spier Arts Trust – Ceramics Exhibition

2023 Ndebele Mining Gauteng Regional Ceramic Exhibition

2024 Multimedia Group Exhibition – Association of arts Pretoria