Pottery has helped to make Daisy Brand’s life meaningful. As a young child, she and her family were sent to Auschwitz from their home in Bradislava, Czechoslovakia. Only she and her sister survived. They returned to Bradislava where Daisy returned to school and eventually met her husband. In the early 1950s they immigrated to Israel.
Her involvement in the arts began when she took a job drawing maps for an architectural firm. She had always liked to draw, but had never had the opportunity to pursue art. While living on a kibbutz, Daisy took a course in ceramics and a new passion was born. She was a natural and she loved to teach others as well.
Daisy's love of ceramics followed her to the United States where her husband had fellowships in cardiology at Harvard and Johns Hopkins. She formally studied at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts and Boston University. Where ever she went, she sought out an art communities and fellow potters. For Daisy, ceramics was about experimentation utilizing different shapes, colors and glazes. Eventually, the family settled in Newton, MA and Daisy created works in her own studio as well as teaching at the Newton Art Center.
Today, the physical demands of pottery making are too much for Daisy. However, a series of wall sculptures she created over a twenty-five year period depicted her experience in the holocaust are still displayed. According to Daisy, "one of the principles underlying my work is the wish to give testimony to an era and communicate an experience that is totally unique in history and which I was a part of." In her artwork, Daisy created a powerful statement that has been seen around the world.