Born in Seattle, David Furman attended the University of Oregon in Portland, where he received his BA in 1969, and the University of Washington for his MFA in 1972. He was professor of art at both Pitzer College (1973–2007) and Claremont Graduate School in Claremont, California. In 1975 he was visiting professor of art at both Otis Art Institute of Parsons School of Design, Los Angeles, and California State University, Los Angeles, in 1976. His repertoire is vast: miniature room vignettes, small-scale contemporary ruins, trompe l’oeil works, composite-vegetable teapots and wooden-mannequin-based scenarios displaying human emotions. For more than forty years, Furman has expressed his ideas, experiences, and perceptions in clay through irony, empathy, and humor.