“The primary reference point for my sculpture are natural forms such as seedpods, shells, fossils and plant buds, combining this with the geometric construction found in architectural elements and the principles of devices such as pediments and arch-ways.
The idea of an inner form plays and important part in my work, a form developing and growing within a hard outer casing to burst forth revealing a new form, unbalancing the original, juxtaposing taut polished geometric forms against roughly textured organic forms emerging from within.
More recent work has become more involved with using light within the work, whether the simple act of a gilded area reflecting light to accentuate or using the same principle to create a glow within the centre of the stone with a gilded area surrounding a hidden pierced section allowing light to travel through to illuminate an otherwise shadowed area.”
Living and working in West Wales, Daniel produces salt glazed wood fired ceramics. His pieces are contemporary and functional, all wheel thrown. He combines traditional and modern ways of working, firing in a 75 cubic foot catenary arched kiln with wood to 1300o centigrade. These firings produce many original surfaces and colours. His aim is to create works which are individual and original in design and execution.
Using slips of different vitrifying temperatures and with the use of a spray gun Daniel layers them on top of each other, putting the most vitreous on the top and then firing to make this top layer break and move leaving the undercoat stable to create a base colour, exaggerating the salt glaze effect.
Watersmeet is a series of abstract works linked by the theme of water’s movement and passage from rain to river to estuary and sea, reflecting on the ultimate fragility of our relationship with water – always in flux, a constant process of renewal and erosion.
John explains that his work is …“An exploration of the visual shaping and marking over time that this eroding process leaves on both natural and constructed forms.” “… a reflection on the emotive and symbolic connections of water, deeply embedded in the human psyche. In cultures both ancient and modern around the globe, rivers and seas can be symbols for: rites of passage, crossing over, carrier of messengers, site of ritual, A life giver and taker, divider of worlds and home to a multitude of gods, demons and fantastic creatures.”
“We are drawn to water and its mysterious duality of nature and in keeping with this duality we can at one and the same time rejoice in its beauty and be fearful of its potential.”