Donald attended Duncan of Jordanstone college of art graduating in 1969 with a degree in graphic design. Ceramics was always his preferred medium but at the time was not a degree course.
Donald has worked in ceramics for most of his life after a spell teaching in East Kilbride.
Following this he worked at the Buckhaven community education centre, teaching disadvantaged youngsters, the general public and making my his own work.
His ceramics are inspired by the fishing villages of the East Neuk of Fife, sheep and the coastline.