“Establishing a reputation for fine craftsmanship and inspired contemporary design, Daniel Kavanagh’s unique work in ceramics and bronze represents an exploration of nature and aesthetics.” – Georgina Coburn, Arts Writer.
Words from the artist himself:
“Forms are classical yet contemporary defined by crisp elegant lines and flowing shapes; inspired by ancient Greek Pottery and Japanese as well as the art and architecture of South East Asia. The Highland Landscape is a constant, ever changing influence in my work, drawing inspiration from the light, space and reflective qualities this vast landscape offers.
Contrast is an important aspect to my work the interplay between control and unpredictability, traditional and contemporary, solid but with a feeling of lightness. Despite these contrasting qualities I always aspire to create something that is both beautiful and complete.
I enjoy the interplay of more organic and fortuitous surfaces applied to these controlled forms which create a distinct finish to the work. Work that combines ceramic and bronze materials provide an innovative exploration of the two mediums I am most passionate about. Using these materials within one form allows me to adapt very different approaches during the creative process, firstly by throwing on the potter’s wheel which is a very symmetrical process compared to the abstract experience of working roughly with a piece of bronze.
I am beginning to explore the experience of how a thrown form can then be adapted to become a piece of sculpture in its own right. Ceramic work is either hand thrown or handbuilt using earthenware clay, some pieces are formed using a selection of parts, which are then assembled by hand and fired up to temperatures of around 1100 degrees.
I apply metallic lustres to the ceramic surface which share the reflective quality I look for when working in bronze. My work attempts to create parallels between contemporary Fine Art and Craft practices.” – Daniel Kavanagh