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Born in Hungary in 1946, Dani Katsir immigrated to Israel as a child and grew up on Kibbutz Ein HaShofet near Haifa. He bred sheep on the kibbutz, served in the Israeli Air Force in the Six Days' War, returned to sheep-breeding, this time at a new moshav overlooking the Kinneret (Sea of Galilee), and was about to begin his studies in architecture at the Technion when the Yom Kippur War broke out. Dani returned to the Air Force and remained there until he retired as a Lt. Colonel in 1986. Dani had always known that his post-military career would involve working with his hands and for himself, but in what medium? In 1983, on a visit to Chicago, Dani walked into the Victorian home of friends, took one look at the beautiful stained glass windows, and found the answer. During his spare time over the next few years, Dani taught himself to work in stained and fused glass. When he retired from the Air Force, Dani moved to Michigan, where his wife, until then a Near Eastern Archaeologist, became a lawyer and Dani became a full-time glass artist.

    In time, Dani began to specialize in three-dimensional glass objects and in Judaica. In the course of his research, he has acquired quite an expertise in Jewish rituals and synagogues, which he finds ironic for someone who grew up on a secular Shomer Hatsair kibbutz. Dani's repertoire includes seder plates, havdalah sets, hanukkiyot, mezzuzot, dreidels, tzedakah boxes, shabbat candlesticks, ethrog boxes, challah boards, matzoh plates, apple & honey dishes, and anything else you would like him to make.


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