Danielle Maria Hoang was born and raised in San Francisco, California. From a young age, she knew art was going to be a lifelong journey. Receiving the Ceramic Achievement Award in her senior year of high school solidified her decision to pursue her artistic endeavors in college. She studied at San Francisco State University, Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic and in 2008 she earned her BA in Art Studio with an emphasis on both photography and ceramics from California State University Chico. She is currently working out of Ruby's Clay Studio and has exhibited in galleries throughout San Francisco. She has worked as a Ceramics Lab Technician at the City College of San Francisco and currently is teaching youth ceramics classes for the Dare to Dream Arts program at the Bayview Opera House and various San Francisco YMCA programs. In addition to teaching, Danielle's ceramic jewelry line, Broken Pebble, is taking off and is now available online and in numerous local shops.
With an interest in tangibility, Danielle uses a variety of materials such as branches, string, acrylic paint, wood, clay, nails, wire and resins to express her fascination with mankind's ability to manipulate nature to create something new and desired. Including both organic and artificial elements in her work, she visually creates a degree of tension in the relationship between nature as it is and man's urge to innovate and to alter nature.