Daniel Southerland grew up in rural Utah and studied ceramics at a small liberal arts college in the midwest. After living in Mozambique, Madagascar, South Korea and Japan, he returned to Utah to pursue his dream of living in Salt Lake City. “I think most of my ceramic work has a strong yearning for connection. Some people describe them as motherly, like babies clinging to/being born from the larger pieces. The rounded forms lend themselves more to that bodily/organic sentiment. The sculptures come out of my own longing to connect and feelings of loneliness and isolation which everyone has at some point. Also, they kind of resemble some fungal growths, or like some primordial undersea creature,” Southerland.