Dana Neger-Lagos is a Master Model Maker, Jeweler, and Sculptor who has been teaching at Usdan for the past six years. For the first 14 years of her career, she designed and manufactured for the commercial jewelry industry. Designing and creating jewelry, belt buckles and accessories for companies such as Donna Karan, Ralph Lauren, Nautica, Calvin Klein, Wathne Ltd., QVC, Susan Lucci, Jeffery Stevens, and many more. She is a working artist in Smithtown, New York and, for the past five years she has been teaching at the Art League of Long Island; Plainview Old Bethpage School District; and Long Island Libraries Adult Education Program. Her artwork can be seen at East End Arts Council, South Hampton Cultural Center, West Hampton Beach, South Hampton Beach, Gallery North, Art League of L.I.,Sachem Public Library, Sweetbriar Nature Center and the Johnny Coltrane Jazz Festival. She has a BFA in Jewelry Design and Silversmithing from Parsons School of Design in New York City.
What’s the most unusual or interesting part of the teaching process?
The most interesting part of the teaching process are the children and their interpretation of a project. I can teach 15 students the same technique and get 15 different and wonderful versions of that technique.