About

"I have been in love with clay since I was a child finding it in the river beds behind our house in Virginia. That love of clay is the best thing I can teach my students."

A native of the southeast and resident of many places, artist Danny McSweeney is truly a teacher of pottery. After formalizing his skills at the Kansas City Art Institute, Danny returned to South Carolina to make pottery his own way, mixing his own clay and glazes and even digging clay from local riverbeds for some of his work. 


Danny has exhibited his work in the Midwest and throughout the Southeast, including Nina Liu and Friends,  Carolina Clay Gallery, and Margo Kaufman Gallery.  His work can currently be found at the Beaufort Art Association and Beaufort River Glass, as well as For the Birds Gallery, all in Beaufort, SC.
 

Danny is also a skilled pottery teacher, having worked with young and adult students alike at his own galleries, The Art Garage in Columbia, SC and Spark Studios and Gallery in Charleston, SC, the Kansas City Clay Guild, Columbia Parks and Recreation, and Blythewood Parks and Recreation. Danny was also the ceramics instructor and taught classes to home school and after school children, evening classes to adults, and family classes for both at the Artist's Loft School in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. At present, Danny runs his own studio, McSweeney Clay Studio, offering classes to children and adults in Beaufort and surrounding areas.
 

In his spare time, Danny enjoys spending time with his family, consisting of his wife, Anna, two dogs, River and Ziggy, and cat, Chumley.  The many rivers and creeks of the lowcountry serve as his inspiration and second home.  Danny enjoys fishing, sailing, and camping and prefers the serenity of nature to city life.