Daniel Skeffington

Daniel Skeffington | #Amore | Artsite Galleries Sydney.

Daniel Skeffington is an emerging ceramic artist with a strong passion for contemporary glazed sculptural forms.
A graduate of the Northern Sydney Institute, and a member of the Australian Ceramics Association, Daniel Skeffington has published articles on techniques and glazes, with interviews by highly recognised artists including Turner Prize winning artist, Grayson Perry for the Australian Ceramics Journal.

Daniel Skeffington is recognised for his outstanding colour glaze effects on his forms that are the results of his experimentation and development of unique glazes following his own recipes.

About

My Barrier Reef series of 2016 are fired multiple times with layers and combinations of reduced paste lustre, slip and glaze that is alteredh before and after firing... sometimes with an angle grinder... revealing the glaze and surface beneath the latest layer and then refired in a deliberately non-standard firing sequence to achieve the desired colour and surface quality. This mirrors my observations of the shallow-water and deep-water reefs that we are in danger of loosing.

These ‘vase’ forms are made in porcelain with coloured slips with details of yellow and white gold... Each piece has been fired four times and the inspiration for the glazes, is taken from a camping break on Fraser Beach, in the Lake Munmorah National Park, Central Coast, NSW. The colours of the scrub land, the rock formations, the sand and the sea are represented in abstract blocks of colour broken by horizon and landform dividing lines.

Sculptured shell motifs found on the beach during these two days anchor each piece to the location.

The detail floral motif speaks of the scrubland around the beach and have been created by stencil blocks applied when the clay is wet. Coloured clay slips have then been applied and then fired to 1050o C. Contrasting coloured slips are subsequently applied and then fired again.

I grind, or "knock back" the surface to reveal more of the scrub motif. A clear glaze is then fired. Last I apply a yellow or white gold in solution and fire to just short of 800 C. ‘Beach bling’.

The overall presentation of each Vase form, comments Skeffington, borrows from Marko Rothko...and colours seen in more recent aboriginal artists' works.

With a nod to Andy Warhol´s ‘Cookie Jar’ collection, Winnie-the-Poo’s ‘Honey Pot’ and the 1970’s ‘must have’ Bendigo Pottery’s Bread Crock, Skeffington’s 2017 Cookie Jar Series, utilises the bright colours of the well know layered sugar candies, Liquorice Allsorts. A sweet with a wide variety of appearances, accounting for the allsorts name. Each of Skeffington’s hand thrown repetitive forms, uniquely adorned with cast and layered Allsorts motifs, has its own unique character.

As with Skeffington’s earlier work, Sweet offers another take on a ubiquitous vessel form of long ceramic history, dressed in the memorable colours of an 111+ year old sweet.

Artist Profile

Solo Exhibitions

2021 These Moments of Pleasure,  Watson Arts Centre, Canberra
2017 Sweet, Artsite Galleries, Sydney , NSW
2016 Impressions italiennes/Impressioni Italiane, Novotel Art Gallery, Monaco

Group Exhibitions

2021 #Amore, Artsite Galleries, Sydney, NSW
2020, 19, 18, 17, 16, 15, 14 Collector's Choice, Artsite Galleries, Sydney, NSW
2019, 18, 17 C Studios Gallery, Newcastle , NSW
2016 Finalist Exhibition, The Gosford Ceramics Prize 2016, Gosford Regional Gallery, NSW
Amplitude, Artsite Galleries, Sydney, NSW
2014 GU14, Sydney Fringe Festival 2014, Artsite Galleries, Sydney, NSW
2013 Allusions, The Northern Sydney Institute (TAFE NSW), Hornsby, NSW
Vitrify, The Northern Sydney Institute (TAFE NSW), Hornsby, NSW
International Jewellery Fair, Australian Jewellery Association, Darling Harbour, Sydney, NSW
Flash, Vita Art Space, Wangi, NSW
2011 The Idea of Colour, Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Sydney, NSW
2010 Bowled Over, Chrissie Cotter Gallery, Sydney, NSW
Lake Art, Vita Art Space, Wangi Wangi, NSW

Awards

 2013

Merit Award, Australian Ceramics Association

Residencies

 2021

Artist in Residence, Canberra Potters, Watson Art Centre, Canberra, ACT

Commissions

 2014 Rigaletto Ceramic Props, (Tavern Accoutrements) Australian Opera Opera Company, Sydney, NSW
 2013 VIP Pearls Pty Ltd (Installation)

Collections

Private Collections

Australia and Italy

Media/Publications
Surface Therapy #4: Layering Daniel Skeffington, The Journal of Australian Ceramics, Vol. 55, No. 3, November 2016 Surface Therapy #4: Layering Daniel Skeffington, The Journal of Australian Ceramics, Vol. 55, No. 3, November 2016
Surface Therapy #3: Glazes for Functional Ware Daniel Skeffington, The Journal of Australian Ceramics, Vol. 55, No. 2, July 2016 Surface Therapy #3: Glazes for Functional Ware Daniel Skeffington, The Journal of Australian Ceramics, Vol. 55, No. 2, July 2016
Surface Therapy #2: Copper Reds Daniel Skeffington, The Journal of Australian Ceramics, Vol. 55, No. 1, April 2016 Surface Therapy #2: Copper Reds Daniel Skeffington, The Journal of Australian Ceramics, Vol. 55, No. 1, April 2016
Surface Therapy #1: Who is Billie? Why is she so blue? Daniel Skeffington, The Journal of Australian Ceramics, Vol. 54, No. 3, Nov 2015 Surface Therapy #1: Who is Billie? Why is she so blue? Daniel Skeffington, The Journal of Australian Ceramics, Vol. 54, No. 3, Nov 2015
Daniel Skeffington, Baci Di Sanremo, First Edition Italy, 2015 Daniel Skeffington, Baci Di Sanremo, First Edition Italy, 2015
Geoff Mitchem - My favorite pot Written by Tony Martin, edited by Daniel Skeffington. Ceramics Art and Perception Issue 94, 2014 Geoff Mitchem - My favorite pot Written by Tony Martin, edited by Daniel Skeffington. Ceramics Art and Perception Issue 94, 2014
Greg Daly - My favorite pot Written by Tony Martin, edited by Daniel Skeffington. Ceramics Art and Perception Issue 93, 2013 Greg Daly - My favorite pot Written by Tony Martin, edited by Daniel Skeffington. Ceramics Art and Perception Issue 93, 2013
Janet Mansfield - My favorite pot, Written by Tony Martin, edited by Daniel Skeffington. Ceramics Art and Perception Issue 92, 2013 Janet Mansfield - My favorite pot, Written by Tony Martin, edited by Daniel Skeffington. Ceramics Art and Perception Issue 92, 2013
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$500

Untitled (Circular Vase) (2021)

Untitled #II (Circular Vase) (2021)

$1,600

These Moments of Pleasure, 2021

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These Moments of Pleasure, 2021

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These Moments of Pleasure, 2021

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These Moments of Pleasure, 2021

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Standing Figure (Blue), 2015

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Barrier Reef (Series), 2016

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Vase Form #12 (White Gold), 2016

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Vase Form #16 (White Gold), 2016

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Vase Form #17 (White Gold), 2016

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Vase Form #20 (White Gold), 2016

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These Moments of Pleasure Trailing #1, 2018

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Sweet #21, Liquorice ingots, 2018

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Lustre Form I, 2014

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