Danielle Callahan



Born (1963) & raised in Minnesota, now living in Pennsylvania, Danielle Callahan appreciates adaptability.  Her BFA is in Studio Arts with Painting & Drawing concentrations.  Varied jobs & experiences impact her deeply-social justice & childcare primary among them.  Trips to Belfast & Inishmore, Ireland (in 90's) inspired new visual explorations. Her foray into glass sculpture segued into a wood fired ceramic opportunity, thanks to a Jerome Foundation/St. John's Pottery Artist Fellowship.  Callahan's extensive time with infants & toddlers continues to inform her experiments in art making.  

Curator & longtime friend Allyson Evans observes, "Danielle's work with clay is rhythmic and simple, not fussy...(she) works with what happens, making purpose out of mishap in a beautiful way."    


Artist Statement:


Much of my work starts with play. 

Energy is crucial to creating & raw clay suits my approach.  I cut, poke, drop, splay, twist, press & sometimes re-attach sliced off or fallen pieces.  Favorite sticks, rocks, bricks & my fingers prod a form;  experiences & observations emerge.  Layers are intriguing, so I embrace wood firing, open to both rugged & subtle results. I also happily employ a range of found or gifted items like nails, cloth, wire & wood.  Essentially, dialogs & relationships between materials & people fascinate me.  Everyone has exposures to call on and we react in our own way to textures, patterns & colors.  Emotional, intellectual, spiritual or undefined, there is power in creating.


Bodies of work include chunky gestural ceramic sculptures and dynamic wall panels, in addition to drawings & paintings. (Unfired clay-allowed to deteriorate-is also alluring to me.) Wall panels are comprised of handmade tiles, individually rolled, cut & often pressed into sidewalk cracks, tree bark or grass outside.  Sculptures are mainly intense focused releases. All works divulge & may convey a range of emotions. (Wonder, joy, confusion, frustration, despair...) On-going health struggles can infiltrate my work, as well as concerns for community, US & world. 


I'm humbled my Partner sees my art as imbued with "animus" (Latin)-a conveyance of my purpose, spirit, soul, breath.





BFA Studio Arts-Drawing/Painting.

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA

Pioneer Fund Scholarship  for mixed media work.


Glass Artist Assistant to Joseph Becker & Peter Zelle, MN



Jerome Foundation & St. John's Pottery Emerging Artist  (2000), MN

Johanna Kiln Fifth wood firing with Richard Bresnahan, Collegeville, MN

"Body of Clay, Soul of Fire" Traveling Exhibition Featuring Art of

Richard Bresnahan, Apprentices & Emerging Artists.     

MN, WI, ND & SD.                                                               2001 -2003

*sculpture in book Body of Clay, Soul of Fire by Dr. Mathew Welch.



Contemporary Glass Philadelphia (CGP) Grantee.    2002



National Biennial Contemporary Clay 2022 

Juror:  Fong Choo

The Art Center, Western Colorado Center for the Arts

Grand Junction, CO                   May/June 2022


Little Things Matter: Small Scale Sculpture

Juror: George Beasley

U of Southern MS Gallery of Art and Design

Hattiesburg, Mississippi           Oct/Nov  2021


Women of Woodfire

Juror:  Brett Binford

Eutectic Gallery

Portland, Oregon                   June 2021



Juror: Susanna Gold

Duke Gallery

Community Arts Center, Wallingford, PA.         February/March    2021


The Clay Studio National

Jury Team: Sana Musasama, Lauren Sandler & Kukuli Velarde.

The Clay Studio, Philadelphia, PA.                  July/August   2020


National Contemporary Clay 2020 Biennial Juried Exhibition

Juror: Bill van Gilder.

The Art Center, Western Colorado Center for the Arts.       June 2020


The Great Divide         

Juror: Bruce Dehnert.                                

Morean Center for Clay, St. Petersburg, FL.        Dec. 2019-Jan 2020


Earth Devised: A National Exhibition of Ceramic Art

Juror: Richard "Rick" Nickel.

The d'Art Center, Norfolk, VA           2019


Shapes of Influence National Ceramic Biennial

Juror:  Simon Levin.

Springfield Art Association.  Springfield, IL                             2018


Contemporary Clay 2018 National Biennial   

Juror: Doug Casebeer.

The Art Center, Western Colorado Center for the Arts.       2018                                               


HWD 12th Annual Regional Juried Exhibition

Juror: Patrick Mauk.

Rosewood Arts Centre, Kettering, OH                                  2018


8th Regional Juried Biennial Exhibition 

Juror: Ben Simons.

Corkran and Tubbs Galleries, Rehoboth Art League, DE     2018


A Celebration of Art & Life

Perelman Center for Advanced Medicine,

Philadelphia, PA                                                   2013, 2014, 2015


Philadelphia Photo Arts Center Member Show                2014


Landscape Exhibition

Large scale temporary mixed media installation.

Schuylkill Gallery, Philadelphia, PA


Hot Soup CGP Grant Recipient Exhibition  Philadelphia, PA       2002


Moravian Pottery & Tileworks Festival Artist, Doylestown, PA

The Dreamer Lens cd cover art collaboration, Chester, PA



"Labyrinth Sculpture" Up-cycled Chestnut beam inlaid w/tree bark textured tiles, copper sheet.

Peter Becker Community, Harleysville, PA


"My North Philly" Multi-year project with Philadelphia Mural Arts.

Community Tile Workshop Artist/Facilitator & Installer 

Kensington & Nicetown/Tioga neighborhoods, Philadelphia, PA          2006-2007


Butterfly Tile Bench  Concrete. Butterfly form embedded with handmade wood fired tiles.

St. John's Arboretum Prairie Restoration Project.  Collegeville, MN   


"Glass Rocks" Blown glass sculpture forms integrated into existing stone walls.

Inis Mor, Aran Islands, Ireland


Private commissions.


Labyrinth Beam in progress...Peter Becker Community in Harleysville, PA
Labyrinth Beam in progress...Peter Becker Community in Harleysville, PA

Blown glass form integrated into rock wall on Inis Mor, Aran Islands, Ireland.

Labyrinth Beam with tree bark textured ceramic tile, Harleysville, PA

Basalt columns in Iceland!!


Tent Rocks, Cochiti Pueblo...inspiration
Tent Rocks, Cochiti Pueblo...inspiration
Cochiti Pueblo, NM
Nice bark...Recloses, France
Rocks & trees, Fontainebleau, France
Fontainebleu France