Daniel Willis grew up in Willamina, Oregon, and is a fifth generation Yamhill County native. Dan was first introduced to ceramic during his freshman year at Willamina High School. His high school ceramics teacher, Bill Boyson, not only showed him how to make quality work on the potter's wheel, but he showed Dan what it looks like to be passionate about your craft.
Dan went on from there to study Ceramics at George Fox University under Mark Terry, where he was introduced to a wide variety of firing techniques and altered forms. Dan ended up in Seattle for a time where he finished his Master in Teaching degree from Seattle Pacific University.
Dan has been teaching secondary education for the past 14 years. He has taught drama, choir, art, and ceramics. For the past six years he has been the ceramics teacher at McMinnville High School. He is now getting to share the passion for ceramics with his students the same way it was shared with him.
Dan has been wheel throwing and actively selling his work for 25 years. He is thrilled to be a part of the artist group featured at The Gallery at Ten Oaks.
"I see beauty in the imperfect. Both in art and in nature I am drawn to the random, and the asymmetrical. As a potter, who works primarily on the wheel, I am challenged with taking a form that is suppose to be perfectly formed and finding a way to mess that up. For each of us, it is our imperfections and differences that make us stand out as unique creations. I want to capture that same imperfection in my work so that each work I create stand out with its own unique beauty."