Greg Daly

Quad vase with gold, silver leaf, enamel

2004, oxidised stoneware

Greg Daly was born in Melbourne and studied at the (then) Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology gaining a Diploma of Art followed by a Fellowship Diploma. Since 1992 he has lectured in the Ceramics Workshop at the ANU School of Art. He is an internationally renowned artist and regularly presents workshops and lectures in Australia and overseas. He is a member of the International Academy of Ceramics (Geneva) and from 1992 to 1995 was President of the Craft Council of Australia. Daly’s exhibition history is extensive, having held over 75 solo exhibitions throughout Australia and overseas and participating in over 150 group exhibitions. He has won numerous awards and commissions and his work is represented in collections in Australia, Europe, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Canada and Asia.

The 3 works illustrated here show the artist at his creative peak. Each is given a quiet but commanding presence. The forms are simple and beautiful, the results of the artist’s dedicated engagement with the complexities of the object. The vessel format has supplied artists with immense possibilities for expression throughout the long and celebrated history of world ceramics. It continues to do so for Daly. His shapes are simple, direct and imbued with clarity and plastic integrity. They are also vehemently works by Greg Daly.

Daly’s decoration is always an essential and integral partner with the form. Neither dominates but coalesces into the complex interplay between form and decoration in which each element informs the other in the resolution of the whole. The singularity of Daly’s perception is beautifully exemplified in these works.


35 x 27 cm (diam)

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Visual Art


Gift of the artist 2006