Eileen McDaniel was raised in Ripon, Wisconsin. After spending twenty-seven years in Arizona and New Mexico, she returned to the
Midwest. Earning a BS in Art Education from the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, and a Masters in Art from the University of New Mexico,
Albuquerque she taught K-12 for fourteen years.
She has also led various workshops on art and literacy and multicultural art through the Museum of Art and Culture, Albuquerque and the Bisti Writing Project with San Juan College, Farmingtion, New Mexico.
Her teapots have been in national juried galleries and museum shows. "I've always been interested in the visual arts and have worked extensively in painting, basketry, jewelry and clay.
I find clay has endless possibilities that allow me to draw from past and present experiences. I continue to explore sculptural form and surface technique."
I am presently making a living with my functional pottery attending juried art shows in the Midwest.
University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, Master of Art, 2006.
University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, Bachelor of Science in Art Education K-12, 1988.
Central Primary Elementary School, Art Specialist grades 1-3, Bloomfield, NM, 2003-2008.
St. Johns Unified School District, High School Art Teacher, St. Johns, AZ, 1996-2001.
Adams-Friendship Unified School District, High School Art Teacher, Friendship, WI 1988-1992.
National Exhibitions:Alive in the Arts; Nineteenth Annual Juried Art Exhibition, Plymouth Arts Center, Plymouth, WI, 2014, Honorable Mention.
19th Annual Nellie Allen Smith Juried Pottery Competition, Cape Fear Studios, Fayetteville, NC, 2013.
24th Annual Teapot Show; On the Road Again, Chiaroscuro Gallery, Chicago, IL, 2013.
"Midwest Seasons", The Center For The Visual Arts, Wausau, WI, 2011.
21st Annual Teapot Show; On the Road Again, Chiaroscuro Gallery, Chicago, IL, 2010.
Mad Hatters Tea Party, Armory Art Center, West Palm Beach, FL, 2010.
"Midwest Seasons", The Center For The Visual Arts, Wausau, WI, 2010.
"It's Only Clay", Bemidji Community Art Center, Bemidji, MN, 2009.
20th Annual Teapot Show; On the Road Again, Chiaroscuro Gallery, Chicago, IL, 2009.
"Midwest Seasons", The Center For The Visual Arts, Wausau, WI, 2009.
"It's Only Clay", Bemidji Community Art Center, Bemidji, MN 2008.
National Teapot Show VII, Cedar Creek Gallery, Creedmore, NC, 2008.
Gateway to Imagination: A National Juried Art Competition, Gateway Museum, Farmington, NM.
2008, Merit Award.
17th San Angelo National Ceramic Competiion, San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts, TX, 2008.
19th Annual Teapot Show; On the Road Again, Chiaroscuro Gallery, Chicago, IL, 2008.
500 RAKU. (2011). Ashville, NC: Lark Crafts.
CLAY Times. Volume 15. Issue 81. May/June 2009. The Gallery; pg. 44.
CLAY Times. Volume 14. Number 3. May/June 2008. The Gallery; pg 52.
A. Teaseatwho Gallery, Aztec, NM, 2005.
Three Local Artists, A. Teaseatwho Gallery, Aztec, NM, 2004.
"Five Women", Northland Pioneer College, Show Low, AZ, 2000.
Creekside Gallery, Pinetop, AZ, 1999.
Wisconsin Alliance of Artists and Craftspeople, 2009-Present.
Wisconsin Regional Artists Association, 2010-Present.
Rural Rembrants, Wautoma, WI, Present.
Three Rivers Collective, Farmington, NM, 2008-2009.
"Dirty Mudd Lovers", San Juan College, Farmington, NM, 2006-2008.
Southwest Regional Trainer for African Arts and Cultures, Albuquerque Museum of Art & History
and University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, 2006.
Presenter, "Integrating the Arts", Bisti Writing Project, Spring Seminar, Farmington, NM, 2006 and 2007.
A Fellow of the National Writing Project, 2005-Present.
Member "Working Artist Co-op", Lakeside, AZ, 2001-2003.
Member "Arts Alliance of the White Mountains", Pinetop, AZ, 2001-2003.
My first memory of art making was at the age of five; a never-ending passion was instilled at that time. Having worked extensively with painting, fibers, metal and clay, I integrate these to obtain the desired results. I am directly influenced by my environment. The whimsical teapot series was inspired while working with elementary students. The wildflower series was inspired by the fabulous display of spring flowers in Waushara County. I am highly influenced by my surroundings and most of my patterns and designs are flora and/or fauna.
My mentors have been many and varied. Though they are titled as art educators, they have also filled the position of life coaches, and spiritual advisors; Margaret Klapperich and Jack Frank at Ripon High School, Paul Donhauser and David Hodge at the University of Wisconsin, Oshkosh, Leigh Sweetman-Ivie at Northland Pioneer College, Show Low, Arizona, and Don Ellis at San Juan College, Farmington, New Mexico. Thank you all for being passionate about sharing your art, energy and patience.