Daniel Potter began creating sculpture and puppeting at the tender age of eight, and continued with writing art and directing theatre while at the Putney School, Harvard College (AB, 1968), l’Ecole des Beaux Arts, and the Harvard Graduate School of Design (M. Architecture 1973).
In 1976, he co-founded the Mystic Paper Beasts Theatre Company. Since then, the Beasts, a masked theatre company, have been travelling internationally (US, U.K., Sweden, France, Italy) in various forms: as a family circus, a duet, solo with audience participation, and as a performance group of twenty or more friends. Currently, Dan is builds and paints masks, and performs in them for the company in the pieces written and directed by his partner, Marya Ursin.
In the 1980’s between tours, Daniel became a potter. His pottery, painted by Marya or by him, is shown and sold in Ct., RI, and New York. In the 90’s he began studying life drawing and sculpture at the Lyme Academy with Don Gale and Dean Keller and since then has created many large plasmacut sculptures in metal, bronze castings, and oil paintings which he has sold at several galleries on Long Island including the Elaine Benson Gallery, and in other galleries throughout the New England area, including the Hygienic in New London, Hera and the Hoxie in Rhode Island, and several shows curated by Marya at the Construction Company in New York City. Works of his, including films, can be seen on his website (google: dan’s sculpture).