Local artist living her dream

March 3, 2022 BY

Dani Salvo creates unique and authentic ceramic art.

Dani Salvo is living her dream of being a practicing ceramic artist.

If you visit her studio, you will find a gorgeously warm contemporary space filled with original artworks.

Dani said the notion that her work connects with people, and that they seek her out, makes her practice so much more endearing.

“It is such a privilege,” she said.

“I am forever determined to create pieces that are authentic and not mass produced, works that are keepers, work that is fulfilling.”

Be My keeper and The Keepers Gallery combine a dynamic arts practice and teaching facility. A fabulous addition to the creative buzz happening in Ocean Grove’s Industrial Estate, it is where Dani gets to teach ceramics and meet the best people.

“I love challenging my students to be brave, to extend, there is so much joy when patience and hard work pays off,” she said.

“Many students have been coming for years and don’t want to leave. I love the friendships and the lifelong connections they have made often with hilarious banter and engagement on so many levels.

“My favorite quotes from students are, ‘I am so happy at this moment’ and ‘I would rather pay you Dani, than a psychologist’!”

All classes focus on the ‘real’ and ‘slow’ side of ceramics.

Dani believes in honoring the integrity of the clay and the maker and wants students to find their own originality in what can sometimes be a saturated, same, same affair.

Classes include hand building, wheel throwing, sculpture, surface decoration and glaze technology. Classes are blended to capitalise on both functional and non-functional projects.

All facilitators are fully experienced and are making and selling their own works.

The studio is fully equipped, and there is also a firing service for private clients. There are a variety of clays, glazes, and tools for sale.

The Keepers Gallery is an intimate space initially created to showcase Dani’s work, but it has evolved to show other local and regional artisans.

It’s a wonderful avenue to exhibit exceptional student works, and those that are serious about making it professionally.

“It feels good to support my students in this capacity,” Dani said.

Dani’s current works are inspired by coastal walks depicted on raw black or white clays slathered in porcelain and black slip and explore colour, the light and dark tones that echo in the layers of the surrounding sea and landscape.

“I enjoy making marks, carving into large coil built and smaller wheel thrown forms,” she said.

“Some have an addition of our local yellow tail black cockatoos, others are figurative in their representation resonating with stories of life and experience.

“I love being a painter and drawing on clay, for the love and touch of a final piece, it is such bliss!”