Miniature bowl c. 1986, by Greg Daly



Greg Daly (b. 1954) | Miniature bowl (c.1986) | porcelain, gold foil, and mirror-backed glaze | Gift of the artist, 1986.

Greg Daly (b. 1954) is an internationally renowned Australian ceramicist, specialising in rich glaze effects.  In the mid-1980s Daly started to experiment with lustre glazes, which contain metals such as copper, bismuth and gold. In Miniature bowl (c. 1986), Daly has used a deep black background to capitalise on visual depth and produce more expressive work through gold foil deposits. Daly described the impact of surrounding environment on his glazes in a retrospective catalogue The Pots I Keep published by Cowra Regional Art Gallery in 2013: 

“As you move around the work, the different angles of light striking the surface will change the colour and intensity of the lustre. The nature of the light too will have a remarkable affect on the colour and tone of the glaze, as the spectrum of natural light outside will be very different to the artificial light in a gallery or home. Lustre is as much a product of its surroundings as the glaze recipe and firing process.”

In the context of this digital rendering Miniature bowl (c. 1986) is afforded a new ‘environmental’ context. Devoid of natural light and reinterpreted in a series of pixels, the work of Greg Daly now fights for the same luminosity available in a real-world setting. While the reflective quality of the work has been reduced, the way the viewer’s eye interacts with the piece is enhanced and invites dynamic perspectives equally focussed on the bowl’s form, abstract motifs and colouring. 

Early Years Interpretation

Greg Daly is a very well-known ceramicist (pottery artist), he specialises in using glazes that include metals such as copper and gold. Greg is inspired by watching light and the way that it interacts with our environment, specifically the pivotal period when day changes to night and night changes to day.

This artwork is called Miniature Bowl (c. 1986) it is made from porcelain, gold foil, and mirror-backed glaze. What time of day or night do you think inspired this bowl?