All work is fired in an electric kiln.
Dan Kelly originally studied ceramics at Camberwell School of Art where Colin Pearson was an initial influence, encouraging him to develop his energetic throwing technique at a time when throwing was becoming marginalised. Dan is also grateful to Ewen Henderson for opening his mind to the endless possibilities that small changes can produce when making pots. After Camberwell he went on to the Royal College of Art from where he graduated in 1979.
For most of the next decade Dan continued potting and holding various technician posts until he spent a year at Christ's Hospital in Sussex as "artist in residence" in 1988. From that point onwards teaching took up more of his time and exhibitions have tended to take a back seat. However he has had three previous solo shows at the Harlequin Gallery and other exhibitions have included Austin/Desmond Fine Art in London during 2002.
Decoration of Danís pots is deliberately kept to a minimum with dark metallic oxides being the usual finish to his stoneware vessels. The outer surface of his white porcelain pieces are usually left virtually untouched so that the throwing lines, furrows, indentations and raw edges are somehow emphasised, contrasting with their dark glazed interiors.
Franz Hals Museum
2007 - Collect V&A CAL 2007, Contemporary Ceramics - Monochrome, Galerie Besson - The Jug Show , Galerie Besson - Classic and Contemporary Ceramics
2006 - Ceramic Art 2006, Spiral Gallery Ė Settle
2005 - CAA - Focus, Galerie Besson - Camberwell in the 1970s, Maltby Gallery - with Peter Joyce paintings, Harlequin Gallery - tea bowls and yunomis
2004 - New Ashgate Gallery - mixed show, Bloomers - Mixed show at CPA, Collect - Art Fair at V & A
2003 - Spring Art Fair - Olympia, Art 2003 - Business Design Centre, Islington
2002 - Austin Desmond - mixed show
2001 - Maureen Michaelson - mixed garden show, Elms Lesters - Brussels Art Fair, Alpha House - mixed show
2000 - Suite 3 - mixed show, Paul Rice - mixed show, Austin Desmond - mixed show, Maiden Bridge, Lancashire - mixed show, Chelsea Crafts Fair
1999 - Suite 3 - mixed show, Elms Lesters - tribal art, painting and ceramics
1998 - Places and Spaces
1997 - Camberwell Gallery
1996 - Felstead Arts Festival
1993 - Paul Rice - two man show with Malcom Pepper, High Table - touring exhibition
1992 - Elms Lesters, Isthmus, London
1991 - Julius Gotlieb Gallery, Carmel College
1990 - Bath International Arts Fair, Chicago Applied Arts Fair, Edinburgh Festival, New British Ceramics, Michaelson and Orient - three man show with Colin Pearson and Colin Gorry, British Ceramics in Norway - travelling exhibition
1989 - Michaelson and Orient - solo show, Art '89, London,Metaphor and Change, New British Ceramics, Heidleberg, Germany
1988 - Michaelson and Orient - Bath Arts Fair, Shape and Surface - travelling exhibition, Liberty of London - 150 year anniversary of the Royal College of Art, Artsite - Does it Pour?, Bath
1987 - Paul Rice, Anatol Orient - Bath Arts Fair, Christ's Hospital - mixed show
1986 - Anatol Orient - three man show,International Contemporary Arts Fair, London, Gardiner Centre - Potted History
1985 - Anatol Orient - two man show, International Contemporary Arts Fair
1984 - Anatol Orient - Totem show, Carmel College
1983 - Rufford Crafts Centre, Seven Dials Gallery
1982 - British Crafts Centre, Seven Dials Gallery - Clay in the Garden
1981 - Lamport Hall, Cale Art, Bohun Gallery
1978 - Carmel College - mixed show, Sutton College of Liberal Arts - two man show