Greg Daly

Known potter #6: Greg Daly

Greg Daly, Altered dish
temp 038Greg Daly, Altered dish. Side view
Greg Daly, Example of signature and impressed seal

This wheel-thrown dish with altered form and glaze on glaze and wax resist decoration was made by Greg Daly, an Australian potter renowned internationally for his use of glazes and lustres. Daly’s glowing pieces with their rich surface treatment have a very identifiable style. He signs his work “Daly” and also stamps pieces with the initials “GD” (upside down in this picture which is from a different pot).

Daly was born in Melbourne, Victoria, in 1954. He started studying pottery in high school and also worked part-time in a ceramics supply shop. In 1975-1976 he completed a Diploma of Art and a Fellowship Diploma at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT). During these early years he met and was influenced by the work of Harold Hughan, Reg Preston, Peter Rushforth and John Bernard Knight, who was Head of Department at RMIT while he was there.

Daly has been a practicing potter ever since, making pieces mainly for exhibition and taking an active role in a number of arts organisations. He currently lives in Cowra in central New South Wales and lectures part-time at the Canberra School of Art.

Last weekend, we attended an exhibition at the Canberra Museum and Gallery entitled Greg Daly: A Passionate Collection. It opened on 2 June and will run until 30 September. If you are in Canberra, I thoroughly recommend going as it provides a wonderful embodiment of the last thirty years of Australian ceramics. As well as working with clay himself, Daly has amassed an extensive private collection of Australian and overseas ceramics.

In 2002 we went to Orange to attend a similar-themed but more extensive exhibition from his collection entitled “30 years of Collecting”. It was this exhibition that inspired us to start seeking out the works of potters we had missed during our own somewhat random collecting years. Going to the Canberra exhibition was a salutary experience. We found that we had at least some knowledge now of many of the potters represented, but also much still to learn.

For more on Daly and his work see his website and also Gordon Foulds’ article “An illustrious passion“, Craft Arts International, No. 54, 2000.