Born in Seattle, Furman attended the University of Oregon in Portland (B.A. 1969), and the University of Washington for his M.F.A. 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 Parsons School of Art and Design, Los Angeles, California, and California State University, Los Angeles (CSULA) 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 that portray human emotion. For more than 40 years, David Furman has created diverse works in clay that express his ideas, experiences, and perceptions through irony, empathy, and humor.