Daniel Spitzer began working with glass in 1986 at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. In 1989 he was invited to join the crew at Dale Chihuly’s studio in Seattle, Washington. During his decade with Chihuly he worked on several large-scale installation projects including the Lobby at Bellagio and Chandeliers over Venice. He has worked closely with many other leading glass artists, including Lino Tagliapietra, Sonja Blomdahl, Pino Signoretto, Flora Mace and Joey Kirkpatrick.
In addition to his own work and commissions, Spitzer has made work for many non-glassworking artists. The most challenging of these projects was a series of full-size blown glass car tires for Robert Rauschenberg, completed in 2001 and now in the permanent collection of The Corning Museum of Glass.
He has taught at The Studio of The Corning Museum, the Pittsburgh Glass Center, and Pilchuck Glass School, and been a Visiting Artist at the Cleveland Institute of Art, and The National College of Art and Design in Dublin, Ireland. His awards have included a Wheaton Fellowship at the Creative Glass Center of America, the New York Metropolitan Glass Society Award, and an Artist Residency at the Pittsburgh Glass Center.