John Daly mixed his first glaze test at the age of eight. It was very brown. Growing up with two ceramic artists as parents, Greg Daly and Catherine Bennett, it seemed that the only thing to do was run away to university and study geology and environmental science. Now John is returning to the studio, armed with a greater understanding of glaze forming minerals and the effects of reducing atmospheres, to try and create something that isn’t brown. His current body of work explores the relationship between the flame and the pot. The formation of lustre glazes depends on an extreme reducing atmosphere, which transforms the metal oxides in the glaze to their native, metallic form. The kiln is a chaotic environment that continually produces surprises.
Education: 2014 Bachelor of Science (Honours), majoring in Geology and Environmental Science. Australian National University Exhibitions: 2016 Distinctive, Skepsi @ Montsalvat - Melbourne. A group exhibition showcasing the work of 38 Australian ceramic artists, both established and emerging. The Glaze Makers, Kerrie Lowe Gallery - Sydney. A group exhibition of 14 Australian ceramic artists who are passionate about developing glazes. 2014 Handmade Ceramics, CraftACT POD Space - Canberra. A group exhibition of domestic and decorative ceramic wares, featuring work by Joanne Searle, Rebecca Dowling, Heidi Strachan and John Daly.