Professor Hammett received his B.A. in Education from Northeastern State University of Oklahoma, BFA degree from The University of Kansas and his MFA degree in Ceramic Art from The State University of New York College of Ceramics at Alfred 1974. He has taught at The University of Dallas in Irving, Texas since 1974 where he is currently a full Professor of the Art Department. Dan's teaching career has produced national and international artist and teachers and has sponsored Fulbright scholars and field researchers.
He has conducted field studies to Museums in Italy, Greece, and Crete and The Peoples Republic of China. He has received grants, awards and commissions that include The Texas Commission of the Arts, The National Endowment of the Arts and The Southland Corporation commission for "The Olympia Award". "The Olympia Award" was a limited edition of a 523 B.C. Greek Replica Amphorae for the 1982 Olympic Gold Medalist of the United States of America.
He maintains a private studio "Handcrafted Ceramics" where he produces architectural ceramic sculpture as well as functional ceramics for over thirty-five years. He also conducts workshops and exhibits throughout the United States of America. His ceramic work has been included in exhibitions at The Farrell Collection Gallery, Washington, D.C., Collectable Crafts, Handwork Gallery, New York, New York, Ohio Ceramic and Sculpture Show, Butler Institute of Art, Youngstown, Ohio, South Central Regional Exhibition, Denver Art Museum, Denver, CO, New Art Forms Exposition, Navy Pier, Chicago, Illinois. His work is included in private, university and the corporate collections of Xerox Corporation, Texas. Taylor Widmer Winery, Bath-Hammondsport, New York. The Southland Corporation, Dallas, Texas. National Cash Register Corporation, Dayton, Ohio.
Professor Hammett developed and served as consultant/project manager for National
Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts award winning PBS style film series. The
film series focuses on the Icons of American Ceramic Art. Currently "The Spirit of
Ceramics" Film Series has produced five DVD's. The goal for the film series is to
record individuals that have blazed the trail in American Ceramic for others to follow.
As an artist/object maker, it is always a great challenge to be a true craftsman and not to withhold from its practice. Every challenge in the studio is approached with the poise, impulse, fear, strength, weakness and awareness that I possess. It is my hope that the products of my labor will infuse, emerge and reflect my life's energy and spirit.
Each day is approached as a part of a continuum of ideas and concerns. One builds upon the other as a part of structure that is sometimes difficult to comprehend and to justify. Sometimes the work is by conviction and belief rather than reason or intellect. As in all things, there seem to be no single plan that will assures success except honesty.
The realization of truth for me is the core response to create is not as a part of life but it is life.