Dan Neil Barnes was born in Henderson, to a family of builders and craftsmen. His father and uncles built homes and his grandfather was a custom cabinetmaker giving Dan the opportunity to learn woodworking at an early age. Barnes received a BA degree in Human Environmental Design at the University of Kentucky studying under Arturo Sandoval, Miles Weiner and John Tuska.
After running a successful upholstery and furniture design business for fifteen years, Barnes studied stained glass under Laura Hallock of Lexington, changing careers to followed his love affair with glass.
Barnes likes to use other materials such as metal and wood in his designs with glass. His large wall lamps often begin with a huge wooden lathe turned disk, which incorporates glass, and metal for embellishment and to allow light to pass through. Barnes also fuses and slumps glass into shapes for functional use as platters and bowls and his use of dark rich colors and geometric shapes makes his work stand apart.
Dan is a member of the Kentucky Guild of Artists and Craftsmen and his work has been featured in the magazine “Arts Across Kentucky” and on KET’s television programs “Mixed Media” and “Kentucky Life.”
Dan’s work can also be found in the Kentucky Museum of Art & Craft, in Louisville, KY.