Danni Xu was born in China and currently resides in the United States. She received her MFA in Jewelry and Metalsmithing from Rhode Island School of Design in 2021 and holds a BFA degree in Metalsmithing & Jewelry Design, and a B.S. degree in Tourism, Hospitality and Event Management from Indiana University Bloomington. Danni has been awarded several prestigious Artist in Residency programs such as Lillstreet Art Center, Spring Pentaculum at Arrowmont School of Arts and Crafts and was recently awarded Penland Winter Residency in 2022. She has previously taught classes and workshops at Rhode Island School of Design, Lillstreet Art Center and she is currently teaching at Kean University as Adjunct Instructor in New Jersey.

As an artist and a designer, Danni’s current research work focuses on the potential connection that jewelry could build across time and space, and examines the methodology of how to project specific emotion such as nostalgia through wearing or viewing in the jewelry format.