Daniel Pruitt Â is a glass fusing artist currently operating a teaching and production studio with the focus on fusing workshops, classes and Professional Development Courses for Art Teachers. Dan also offers several three-day fusing workshops at the studio. He is currently an adjunct faculty member with the Cleveland Institute of Art where his Professional Development Course for Art Teachers can be taken for Graduate Credit. Glass Fusing I, a popular course is offered for the student who is interested in personal artistic growth and development.
Dan has been working and teaching warm glass techniques since 1999, fusing, slumping, pate de verre (paste of glass), and creating in glass powders and frits. He studied with Rene Culler of the Cleveland Institute of Art and holds his MFA from Kent State University. He taught for many years at North Olmsted high school where his students have created several large fused glass projects that have been permanently installed in the high school and a large fused glass mural on an 18â€™ wall in the Teen Room of the North Olmsted branch of the Cuyahoga County library.
In 2003 he was invited to present at The Bullseye Glass Companyâ€™s 1st Annual BeCon International Educatorâ€™s Conference held in Portland, Oregon.
Glass fusing is a popular and exciting medium to work in. Because of his experience in this medium, many years of classroom teaching and also in fundraising, time will be spent during the Warm Glass Fusing course in considering ways to successfully raise money for the artist teacher to enrich the classroom environment through grant writing.
Dan has 30 years of teaching experience and was selected by the Superintendent of the North Olmsted City Schools as â€œTeacher of the year 2010â€.