Dana Riseberg began her career in education as a junior high Latin and English teacher. After deep budget cuts in Massachusetts, she moved to New York, earned an Art/Design degree, created/sold a costume jewelry line, worked in retail, display, photography, styling, prop making, and set design/art direction in two films. During this time, she studied clay, was monitor, assistant, and technician at various studios. Simultaneously, she created an Visual Merchandising degree program at a private fashion-business college, taught in different academic departments, was Academic Advisor, Senior Thesis Mentor, and more for twelve years. Having received a graduate degree in Higher and Adult Education while teaching college, she was promoted to Department Chair with deeper roles in Admissions, Placement, Assessment and Accreditation. Dana’s last formal roles in higher education were at Dean level.
In clay, Dana juxtapositions form and function, decorative and sculpture forces and techniques, to include wheel and alter, slab and handbulding, to include jewelry. Her influences are ancient and future worlds, architecture, mythology, and mathematics. She teaches clay in various settings.