POT OF THE MONTH
This month there is a wide range of beautifully crafted pots in the Gallery’s Christmas Show. In some ways choosing just one is objectively difficult and so I am responding to a piece which has a powerful aesthetic appeal for me and hopefully everyone who has a chance to experience this work at first hand will make a similar connection.
Mark Dally has to be one of the finest decorators in studio pottery. His patterns are strong and vibrant and each stroke displays innate confidence, visual awareness and a designers focus, which will have been honed during his first and Masters degrees in Ceramic Design at Staffordshire University.
This platter is a fine example of his work. It brings the pot to life and whilst it is clearly a ‘busy’ design it has that sense of completeness that is the hallmark of the master decorator. Hope that you enjoy it too.