Dan Finnegan made his first pot more than 40 years ago. He studied at 3 different universities before making his way to the Winchcombe Pottery in Gloucestershire, England in the late 1970's. Dan returned to the U.S. and established his own studio in Fredericksburg, Virginia in 1980. Since then he has made tens of thousands of useful stoneware pots. His work is included in numerous collections, museums and publications in the US and UK. He has authored several articles and writes a popular blog about life as a working potter. He also teaches workshops with an emphasis on "Good Pots for Good Food"
In 2001 Dan founded an art center in a vacant hardware store several blocks from his former studio. Today, LibertyTown Arts Workshop is home to fifty artists, a pottery school and gallery. In 2012 he co-founded a new show in Washington, DC. "Pottery on the Hill" brings together 15 of the nation's finest potters to exhibit and sell work in an elegant civil war-era cultural center in the heart of the nation's capital. In 2013 he sold the art center and now works in a studio deep in the woods beside his 2 chambered wood-fired kiln outside of Fredericksburg, Virginia.