Dainis Pundurs has been an associate professor in the ceramics department at the Academy of Arts in Latvia since 2004. He received his MA from that Academy, in 1998, after studying ceramics and after attending the Rezekne Art Secondary School in eastern Latvia. He works primarily in stoneware and porcelain and says of his work, “A magician makes the object emerge all of a sudden and out of nowhere, like in a magic trick.... Alternatively, the gardener grows the object by carefully tending it, thereby reducing the risk of mistakes in design by liberating oneself from immoderate inclination….My strongest inclination is to tend my work like the gardener.”