View Image Gallery Peter Hayes(Full member)Tel: +44 (0)1225 466215 Email: Web: www.peterhayes-ceramics.uk.com
"storage" of work underwater is a crucial part of the making process:
the water drives the copper into the white clay body to give the greeny
blue "blush" characteristic of Hayes' sculptures, and it admits a
natural, random element into their production. The forms are monolithic
and distinct. They echo the shapes of artefacts and objects from other
cultures, other times, but remain suggestive rather than descriptive.
They are quiet, self-contained and distant. A sense of distance is
something Hayes deliberately seeks. Working in a small space with an
all-involving, hands-on making process denies him the chance to view
the work objectively. Only when pieces are retrieved from the river bed
or sea after a couple of months can they be seen with fresh eyes, as if
they were found objects, independent and interesting.
ceramics lead an unusually adventurous life before they reach the
gallery. Not only are they subjected to the hazards of raku firing,
involving huge shocks in temperature and thick, blackening smoke, but
they are submerged in a flowing river for months at a time. Hayes'
studio is an old Toll house on a bridge over the Avon. Below is a
wooden deck that juts out from the bank, and if you stand there and
peer into the river, you will see several long pale shapes staring back
at you - other pieces are dispatched to Cornwall to be ravished by the
tide for a while.
travelling and working in Africa, India, Japan and Korea for almost 10
years, Peter Hayes arrived back in England in 1982 and converted a toll
house into a studio on the banks of the River Avon in Bath. He has
developed his thoughts and ideas using many of the techniques and
methods learnt on his travels.
1946 Born, Birmingham, UK
1994 St.Ives Revisited - Peter Davis
William Zimmer Gallery, Mendocino, California
Sculptural Objects & Functional Art (SOFA)
1993 Four Standing Stones - Lansdowne House, Berkeley Square, Stanhope Properties
Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh
A Poem by Bob Devereux for Peter Hayes
The man stands alone
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Contact DetailsStudio Address: 2 Cleveland Bridge, Bath, Somerset, UK, BA1 5DH.
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Telephone: +44 (0)1225 466215
Fax: +44 (0)1225 464457
Availability: Usual opening hours are: Monday to Friday 10.00am - 4.00pm and Saturday 12.00am to 4.00pm. It is advisable to phone before making a special visit.
Directions: The studio is in an old converted toll-house on Cleveland Bridge, which is off the London Road (A4/A36 Junction) and a 10 minute walk from the city centre.
Last Updated: 2011-06-14
Events featuring this potter
Porthminster Gallery : The Language of Sculpture
Royal College of Art : Ceramic Art London 2014
Art in Clay - Hatfield House : Art in Clay 2014
Wall Panels, Plaques