Raised outside Washington DC, in Bethesda MD, Dana grew up as Dana Smith. She went to Brown University and studied art and creative writing. While at Brown she took a few classes at RISD, one taught by Dale Chihuly.
The summer before her senior year, she road her bicycle from San Francisco to Washington DC. Dana wrote a book about this. After graduating from Brown, she spent a few months at Oxford In England before hightailing it to California on a greyhound bus.
Dana had a job as a builder at Magic Glass in the mission District of San Francisco. Here she made 6’tall glass display cases, complete with shelves and lights and locking doors. She changed her last name to Zed.
Soon she was showing at Braunstein Quay gallery, having a solo show with Ruth every year. She was also running a yoga studio at 16th and Valencia when there were only 4 other yoga studios in all of San Francisco!
During this time she had Several solo shows a year including a solo museum show and was 2nd runner up to being the SECA finalist (those days they only selected one person).
Dana started teaching at Esalen Institute where she taught workshops 4 times a year for a decade. She also taught at the de Young Museum during her digital drawing residency at the museum. She taught at Pixar as well.
She did a public commission for the city of San Francisco and countless private architectural commissions, including two Maybeck homes and one Julia Morgan home, some published in magazines.
She married Jon Schreiber and had two children. She divorced Jon Schreiber and raised two children. She bicycled long distance with her kids. The summer of 2015, Dana rode her bicycle alone and self supporting from Salt Lake City to Denver, over the Rocky Mountains. A book was written about this bike trip as well. All the other trips are on the blog “”.
When her kids were little, She started a second business teaching small children ceramics. She continues to do this now with Covid safe outdoor classes, in her remodeled driveway outside her studio.

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