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Dan Slayton

While living in Shell Beach, California, Dan served an apprenticeship with an elderly self-proclaimed “Beat era” ceramic artist named Larry Shep. This was his introduction to the possibilities of expression through art. Being involved in the central coast art scene eventually led to him holding ceramics workshops and being asked to teach at a private art studio in San Luis Obispo. He later helped organize and open San Luis Artist’s Gallery as a founding board member. Since returning to Bakersfield in 2003, Dan’s artistic styles continue to evolve and currently include metalworking, printmaking, photography, painting and sculpture. Inspired by the creations of Sculptors like Henry Moore and Alexander Calder, Dan’s art ranges from functional ceramics to abstract multi-media sculpture. Dan was an Instructional Art Technician at California State University for ten years and says he enjoyed “being surrounded by the energy and creativity of the students and the inspirational insights provided by the Professors.”


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