In June of 1974, Daniel Salazar was hired as a glass grinder by Nouveau Glass, later to become Lundberg Studios. By 1975, he was working with hot glass as a helper or pontilman there.
It soon became evident that he had a unique flair for design. By 1978, he had begun producing and designing his own paperweights. He was also influential in developing certain techniques in the California-style paperweight lampworking process.
Today Daniel has earned a fine reputation for his delicate and natural look in floral paperweights, as well as birds, underwater scenes and abstract glass works. These same designs have also been produced in beautiful assembly on perfume bottles, vases and jewelry jars.
Much of Danielâ€™s work has taken inspiration from his interest in botany and the collecting Asian art and antiques. Since childhood, a passion for sketching and watercolor has been the source for his unique artistic development. In addition, he has attended art classes at Cabrillo College in color and design and life drawing.
His work has been exhibited at the following museums and has become part of their permanent collections.
De Young Museum, San Francisco, CA
Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, CA
Art Museum of Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz, CA
Villa Terrace Museum of Decorative Arts, Milwaukee, WI
Bergstrom-Mahler Museum, Neenah, WI
The Smithsonian Institute, Washington, DC
Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY
Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
Muscatine Art Center, Muscatine, IA
Jones Museum of Glass & Ceramics, Douglas Hill, ME
Museum of American Glass, Wheaton Village, Millville, NJ
Scone Palace, Perth, Scotland
MSC Center Galleries, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX