Danielle Doré is a ceramics and portrait artist from Lakewood, Ohio who received her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Ceramics from The Cleveland Institute of Art. For 16 years Danielle taught art of all kinds at The Beck Center for the Arts, primarily drawing and pottery. Eight of those years were spent managing the pottery studio as well as teaching classes. She also worked for three years as the Visual Arts Liaison, as well as assisting with the hanging of shows in the gallery.
In addition to these endeavors, Danielle taught as an Adjunct Professor and ran the pottery studio for three years at Notre Dame College. She currently teaches ceramic classes at The Rocky River Senior Center for the 4th year. Danielle shows and sells her artwork through local galleries, centers and sales. Her new adventure is starting her own pottery studio, The Mud Room, where she will be teaching and creating her own work.
"Most of all I have learned from my years of experience with my students of all ages, co-workers, and my own family and friends. The personal growth I seek is accomplished from choosing to learn from my experiences in life and from the people and circumstances around me. I've done my best to listen and be aware of my surroundings to take advantage of as much knowledge as possible."
"I am fascinated with what we as humans are physically made of and how those components affect each other as well as mimicking or displaying our psychological state. I admire the intricacies and their purpose in the structure of skulls and bones. Yet, I find the way the skin covers these structures beautiful as it bunches, creases, and stretches to coincide in a tethered partnership. As I explore these aspects in clay I appreciate the way it adds its' own elemental qualities. Clay can copy these human characteristics but can also be manipulated to display pressure or stress in the clay or as a structure itself."
"I exhibit these concepts in the lidded containers that I am drawn to, as we all need to find a very
special place to hold our precious keepsakes-whether it be a favorite food, a family heirloom, or a secret thought. This ancient human behavior of coveting is what these containers are meant for. Which is why my pieces also hold an antique quality in the elaborate decorative details."
"My portraits are a different way for me to express myself and the way I see the people around me. A
way for others to see them through my eyes. I had a business for a number of years doing portraits by commission. Now I only do personal portraits."