My introduction to clay started as a young boy making figurines on the floor of my mothers’ Potters Studio. She has been a big inspiration to me in the field of clay as well as life in general.
Born in Evanston IL, but grew up in sunny South Africa where his parent relocated in the 1970s Daniel developed a love for nature and the outdoors.
For anyone who lives for their passion, the inspiration can usually be traced back to childhood. For Daniel Brand, the acclaimed Pretoria-based ceramicist specialising in Nerikomi ceramics, it started in early childhood. “I grew up on my mother’s studio floor,” he recalls. “We lived in this old house where she converted the horse stables into her work space.”
Initially, however, Daniel’s life took a rather different turn. He worked in the IT and finance sectors for most of his career until health complications led to a much-needed lifestyle change in 2012. At first, this took the form of graphic design, but when he took up his mother’s craft of ceramics as a form of therapy, he no longer wanted to do anything else. Since 2017 Daniel have been a full time Ceramic Artist. Before he knew it, his work started winning awards and his ceramic career began to pick up at a steady pace with work in several private collections in the USA , Canada and the Netherlands.