Dan Kelly is born October 17, 1953. He was taught at the Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts (Foundation Course) in 1973-1974 and at the same school (B.A. Hons Ceramics) from 1974-1977. He continued the training at the Royal Collage of Art (M.A. RCA Ceramics) from 1977-1979.
Dan Kelly’s trademarks are a freedom of throwing that enhances the rhythms of form. The accentuated rims and bases are often torn, the flecks and shavings of clay left and fired hard. In Kelly’s work you have, literally, to take the rough with the smooth, qualities inherited from his tutor Colin Pearson. There are indentations, creases, slashing and openings, all adding to the bodily implications of the vessel that so fascinate him. Just as he enjoys the seductiveness of clay, “this wet, soggy mass”, the shapes too can be highly sensual.