Dan Neville (Illinois)

Topstock Platter

Medium/Materials: Steel

Dimensions:  2.5” x 12” x 5”

Year: 2015

Artist Statement: 

The idea of service has become a key concept to my understanding of craft and design, therefore creating objects with purpose or function is satisfying to me. Through the format of the vessel, I am able to achieve this concept and at the same time invoke a greater meaning in my work. Manipulation of pattern commonly found in industry has been a recent interest to me and can be seen throughout my work. Strong attention to handwork and detail aid me to produce a clean uninterrupted piece. 


Dan Neville received his BFA in Metalsmithing at Wayne State University in Detroit, MI. Dan is currently a graduate student at Southern Illinois University, Carbondale, and has taught numerous classes and workshops about forming and alloying metal. In the summer of 2014, Dan taught a semester-long class at SIUC with an emphasis on mokume gane and pattern development. This past summer he taught this workshop again at the Steneby School in Dals Longed, Sweden. Dan is currently focusing on creating his thesis exhibition and working for blacksmith Rick Smith.