Studio Snapshot: Danielle Wood

Written by Jenna Ortiz Category: Arts Issue: December 2018
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This Tempe-based artist finds her calling in sculpture.

One required ceramics class at Arizona State University sealed the deal for Danielle Wood’s artistic style. “It was just like love at first sight, it pulled me in,” she says. “All of a sudden I was spending more time in the clay class than the painting class.” A change in major and 13 years later, the Tempe-based artist is creating the three-dimensional art she fell in love with – and teaching ceramics classes at Shemer Art Center in Phoenix. After spending vacations at the ocean during childhood, Wood uses that backdrop as inspiration for her sculptures. “I think for me, the ocean is a metaphor for the subconscious or the psyche, where it’s this kind of flat, loose surface, but there’s this intrigue and mystery below.” Find her work at

photo by Angelina Aragon