David Aurelius, at a young age, always enjoyed making things with his hands. Woodcarving was an early passion but he turned to clay, which opened unlimited possibilities. He studied as an Art major at the University of Minnesota and then went on to study at Luther College, Decorah, IA. Later, David studied with Marguerite Wildenhain during the summers of 1972-1980 at her school in Guerneville, CA.
Since 1976, David has operated Clay Bay Pottery with his wife Jeanne Aurelius. His work is shown throughout the midwest and is represented in collections around the world. He and his wife are continually involved in making clay murals in schools, corporations, and for private homes.