Daniel Clayman has been involved in the visual and performing arts since the mid 1970s. His first formal training was as a theater and modern dance lighting designer. He began as a lighting design student and then as a visiting lighting designer for the Dance Department at Connecticut College in 1977. After six years of working with numerous touring theater and dance companies, he enrolled in the Glass Program at the Rhode Island School of Design in 1983. Clayman earned a BFA in Glass in 1986 and maintains a studio in East Providence, RI.