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Daniel has been involved in the visual and performing arts since the mid 1970’s. His first formal training was as a theater and modern dance lighting designer. He began “sculpting with light” as a lighting design student and then as a visiting Lighting Designer for the Dance Department at Connecticut College in 1977. The year 1983 proved pivotal in his artistic career. After six years of working with numerous touring theater and dance companies, he enrolled in the Glass Program at the Rhode Island School of Design. Graduating with a BFA in Glass in June of 1986, Daniel made his home in the Providence, RI area where he has maintained a studio ever since.


“I am in contact with my work everyday. Most days I come to the studio as the “working artist.” Other days I come as an observer, to see what the “artist” is doing. The work is a continual, always evolving exploration of simple forms.

Using a vocabulary of extremely simple forms whose scale ranges from three to nine feet, these objects describe volumes in space. Some of the pieces are easily identifiable as vessels and may allude to holding volumes of water. Others are pure abstraction holding only quantities of air and space. By taking away any real solid mass, I am left with just the skins of glass, bronze or graphite that define a measure of capacity. Other objects are identifiable as a ramp (“PLANE”) that divides space with a simple line or as a wheel (“CIRCULAR OBJECT ONE”) that makes the center volume of air as important as the white structure itself.”

Daniel Clayman 2007

The Renwick Gallery, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, D.C.

The Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH

The Milwaukee Art Museum, Milwaukee, WI

The Museums of Fine Arts, San Francisco, CA

American Craft Museum, New York, NY

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA

The Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY

The Toledo Museum of Art, Toledo, OH

Portland Museum of Art, Portland, ME

Museum of Art, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI

Charles A. Wustum Museum of Fine Art, Racine, WI

Rockford Art Museum, Rockford, IL

Museum of American Glass, Wheaton Village, NJ

The Museum of Art, Fukui, Japan

The Pilchuck School, Stanwood, WA

The Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN

First National Bank of Siam, Chicago, IL

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, New York, NY

National Geographic Society, Washington, D.C.

The Whitehead Institute, Cambridge, MA

Musee de SARS POTTERIE, France

Tampa Art Museum, Tampa, FL

Fidelity Investments, Boston, MA

Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA

2007 White Light, Mint Museum of Art and Design, Charlotte, NC
2006 Line, Form, Shadow Fuller Craft Museum, Brockton, MA
2005 Daniel Clayman, Habatat Galleries, Royal Oak, MI
2004 Solo Exhibition, Habatat Galleries, Chicago, IL
Daniel Clayman, Sandra Ainsley Gallery, Toronto, ON
Limits,Imago Galleries, Palm Desert, CA
2003 A Measure of Capacity, Jenkins Johnson Gallery, San Francisco, CA
New Sculptural Objects, Habatat Galleries, Boca Raton, FL
2002 Volumes, Heller Gallery, New York, NY
2001 Stealing Light, Habatat Galleries, Birmingham, MI
Solo Exhibition, Habatat Galleries, Boca Raton, FL
2000 Channels, Elliott Brown Gallery, Seattle, WA
1999 Shadows, Heller Gallery, New York, NY
Reaches, Habatat Galleries, Detroit, MI
1998 Gradations, Elliott Brown Gallery, Seattle, WA
Recent Work, Habatat Galleries, Boca Raton, FL
Selected Works, Heller Gallery, New York, NY
1996 Daniel Clayman, Habatat Galleries, Pontiac, MI
Echoes and Resonance, Heller Gallery, New York, NY
Autumn’s Work, Heller Gallery, Palm Beach, FL
1994 Harps and Daggers, Heller Gallery, New York, NY
1993 Solo Exhibition, Betsy Rosenfield Gallery, Chicago, IL
1992 Solo Exhibition, Heller Gallery, New York, NY
1991 Solo Exhibition, Betsy Rosenfield Gallery, Chicago, IL
1990 Solo Exhibition, Heller Gallery, New York, NY
Daniel Clayman, Holsten Gallery, Stockbridge, MA
1989 Daniel Clayman/New Work, Heller Gallery, New York, NY
Daniel Clayman/Recent Work, The Glass Gallery, Bethesda, MD

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