Dan Kelly     British 1953-

Dan Kelly trained at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts, ceramics 1973-7, where Colin Pearson was an initial influence, encouraging him to develop his throwing technique and Ewen Henderson. After Camberwell he continued his studies and completed a  post graduate course at the Royal College of Art from where he graduated in 1979.  Dan Kelly has continued making work and held various technician posts until he became ‘Artist in Residence ‘at Christ’s Hospital School in 1988 and now currently teaches.

His work is thrown stoneware pots, some are manipulated by cutting and reshaping by hand. His decoration is deliberately kept to a minimum with dark metallic oxides, being the usual finish to his work. However his white porcelain pieces are left virtually untouched with dark glazed interiors. The size of the work can range from four inches upwards.

His recent work is now signed with a stamp, most of his earlier work is not.


2016  Crafts Potters Association, Bloomsbury, London

2007  Victoria & Albert Collection

2007  CAL

2006  Spiral Gallery, Settle

2004  Galerie Besson

20002  Austin/ Desmond, Bloomsbury

2000   Harlequin gallery, Greenwich, London

1981  Lamport Hall, Oxfordshire

1981  Cale Art, London

1981  British Crafts Centre

1978   Carmel College, Oxfordshire

1978  Sutton College


Public Collections:

Ulster Museum
Cleveland Museum
Franz Hals Museum
Fitzwilliam Museum


Dictionary of British Studio Potters – Scolar Press
British Studio Ceramics in the 20th Century – Paul Rice and Christopher Gowing
Illustrated Dictionary of Pottery Decoration – Robert Fournier
Studio Pottery – April/May 1993
Studio Pottery – January 1996
Ceramic Art and Perception – 1996
The Potter’s Art – Garth Clark
Clays and Glazes in Studio Ceramics – Dave Scott, The Crowood Press
Ceramics for the Home – Annabel Freyberg
Ceramic Review – April 2000, review of Harlequin Gallery exhibition
Crafts – July/August 2000, review of Harlequin Gallery exhibition
Ceramic Review – May/June 2005, review of Maltby Gallery Exhibition
Crafts – September 2005, article ‘The Rough With The Smooth’

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