Dan Kelly


I grew up in Camberwell, London, and studied at Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts and the Royal College of Art. I continue to live and work in Camberwell.

My pots are made predominantly on the wheel using stoneware and some porcelain, I have worked with a monochrome palette for many years now, which I feel allows me to have clarity of form.




Awarded Queensbury & Hunt Prize at Ceramic Art London

1984 - Now

Work in the collections of the Ulster Museum, Cleveland Museum, Franz Hals Museum, Pallant Gallery and the Fitzwilliam Museum

1984 - 1990

Gallery Artist at Michaelson Orient


Awarded New Craftsman grant from the Crafts Council


Member of the Contemporary Applied Arts and the Contemporary Potters Association

“Technique is probably the most difficult tool to master because it is a necessity but can so easily become an obsession. Nothing can drown out new ideas as fast as an obsession with technique. Technique is nothing if you have nothing to say.”

— Peter Voulkos

Universities & Colleges


1976 onwards

Visiting lecturer at Dulwich Institute, Camberwell School of Art, Goldsmiths College

1993 - 1995

Westminster University

1991 - 2018

City Lit Institute

1991 - 1995

Loughborough University


Wolverhampton Polytechnic

1988 - 1989

Artist in residence Christ’s Hospital

“I started, like many makers, at school. I was fortunate, because at that time we had specialist pottery teachers and they saw some potential in what I was doing and were enthusiastic in their encouragement and very supportive. They helped with all the technical aspects and opened my eyes to the pleasure there is in working with clay.”

“This has stayed with me throughout my career, so it is with great thanks that I would like to acknowledge Mrs Pat Roberts and Mr Blake Mackinnon my two pottery teachers, for starting me off on the path which led to my career in ceramics.”

— Dan Kelly

Schools & Colleges


1977 - 1979

Royal College of Art

M.A. RCA Ceramics
1974 - 1977

Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts

B.A. Hons Ceramics.
1973 - 1974

Camberwell School of Arts and Crafts

Foundation Course