Mossy Creek Potter Dan Wheeler
Dan Wheeler was first introduced to pottery at McMinnville High School in 1977. After receiving great instruction from teacher
Rudy Seehaver, he attended Linfield College and Western Oregon State College. Dan’s teacher at Western was Don Hoskisson whose beautiful stamped and incised vases and bowls are featured at Mossy Creek Pottery.
In the early 1980’s Dan was fortunate to work with Garry Larson who owned a production pottery business in Salem, Oregon.
Throwing between 200-250 pieces a day, it was there that Dan was able to hone his skills on the potter’s wheel and also learn about different aspects of running a pottery business. After nearly five years of production throwing, Dan ventured out on his own. He was featured in several galleries and also attended many art fairs all through the western United States.
Throughout the 1980’s and 90’s Dan was able to attend workshops and study with potters whose work he respected. Tom Coleman, Tom Turner, Warren Mackenzie, Don Sprague and Craig Martell are just a few of those.
For the past 15 years Dan has been a gallery owner along with his wife Susan and has continued to be a working potter during that time. His love for beautiful glazes and forms has been his focus for most of his pottery career. He continues to strive to make each piece unique and crafted at the highest quality possible.
In his spare time Dan loves spending time with his wife and family, riding bikes, traveling to Orcas Island, visiting other galleries and following the Nebraska Cornhusker football team.
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