Danielle Callahan

A born & raised Minnesotan, I now live in Pennsylvania.  


Much of my work starts with play.  An initial impulse, gesture, or idea grows & may be revealed using various materials. Layers are good. Experiences & observations emerge-essentially I'm creating documents.  


Natural & human made elements both interest me.  Being outside in a range of weather encourages exploration, as does past work with infants & toddlers.  (I aspire to use all my senses.)   


Art is a respite for all kinds of energy: calm, contemplative, playful/joyful, furious, confused, despairing & mournful.  


Some Favorite Tools:


Rocks, fingers & sticks... my Grandma's glass rolling pin, cracked sidewalks & buildings, tree bark, dirt...old nails & found wood.




BFA Studio Arts-Drawing/Painting concentration.

University of Minnesota, Minneapolis campus. 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 Fellowship (2000), MN

Johanna Kiln 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.                                                          2001 -2003

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




"Contemporary Clay 2020 Biennial Juried Exhibition"

Juror Bill van Gilder.

The Art Center, Western Colorado Center for the Arts.      June 5-June 27, 2020


"The Great Divide"  Morean Center for Clay, St. Petersburg, FL       

Juror Bruce Dehnert.                                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" exhibit.    Juror Doug Casebeer.

Grand Junction, CO                                                            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


"Labyrinth Sculpture" Up-cycled Chestnut beam inlaid with custom ceramic tiles.

Peter Becker Community, Harleysville, PA


Moravian Pottery & Tileworks Tile Festival Artist, Doylestown, PA


"Philadelphia Photo Arts Center, Member Show"                2014


The Dreamer Lens cd cover photography collaboration, Chester, PA


"My North Philly" Multi-year project with Philadelphia Mural Arts. Tile Workshop Facilitator & 

Installer in Kensington & Nicetown/Tioga neighborhoods, Philadelphia, PA


"Landscape Exhibition" Large scale painting & tile temporary installation.

Schuylkill Gallery, Philadelphia, PA


Contemporary Glass Philadelphia (CGP) Grantee.    2002

"Hot Soup CGP Grant Recipient Exhibition"  Philadelphia, PA



Chester Springs Studio Wood firing with Jack Troy, PA

Peters Valley School of Craft, Wood firing Workshop with Janet Mansfield, NJ

Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts, Resident, ME

Manabigama wood firing with John Thies & Gloria Kosco, MD



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

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


"Glass Rocks" Blown glass forms integrated into 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
Labyrinth Beam with tree bark textured ceramic tile, Harleysville, PA
Tent Rocks, Cochiti Pueblo...inspiration
Tent Rocks, Cochiti Pueblo...inspiration
Cochiti Pueblo, NM
Nice bark...Recloses, France
Rocks & trees, Fontainebleau, France
Fontainebleu France