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Peter HayesImage Gallery

Contact Details

Studio: 2 Cleveland Bridge, Bath, Somerset, UK, BA1 5DH. View in Google Maps
Telephone: +44 (0)1225 466215
Fax: +44 (0)1225 464457
Email:
Web-site: www.peterhayes-ceramics.uk.com
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: 2014-04-21

Artist's Statement

Artist's Statement

The "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.
Every so often Hayes takes his boat up the river, stopping at various markers to haul aboard these long unseen pieces. Once back at the wooden jetty the sleek green-skinned catch is washed and explored. The surfaces are blackened and cracked, scars of the raku process that are encouraged and exploited, and the creases and indents of the surface texture glint darkly with metal oxides. Hayes continues the erosion process, sanding and rubbing back so that the texture and cracks no longer interrupt the surface but become an organic, integral part of its patina. The work is then polished and waxed which reinstates the river-wet tone and colour.
The newest work seems literally to capture within it the spirit and light of water. A new process has been employed that combines blue translucent resin with raku ceramic, creating a striking contrast of dark and light and introducing a new dynamic into the still, totemic forms.
(Extract from "Peter Hayes - The Next Wave", by Emma Maiden, 16.09.97.)


Current / Future Events

Current / Future Events

Current Work

Current Work

Peter Hayes' 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.

Work generally available from:
Round House Gallery, Derbyshire
Cecelia Colman Gallery, London
Stour Gallery, Warwickshire
Lund Gallery, Easingwold, York

Approach

Approach

After 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.
" My inspiration comes from walking along the shore-line, kicking pebbles, picking up pieces of driftwood, rusty iron, examining seawashed bone, bits of broken hull studded with copper nails and visiting Neolithic standing stones silhouetted against the skyline."
By building up textured clays combined with burnishing and polishing the surface, Peter achieves opposites of rough and smooth with finishes from weathered clay to sun baked leather. The use of a variety of clays allows him scope in which to work, giving each piece its individual status.
Peter's latest work involves melting copper onto laminated clay surfaces and tossing the molten pieces into sawdust. The viewers experience of his work is enhanced by the tactile qualities of the surface, with its smoothed and polished finish.

Background

Background

1946 Born, Birmingham, UK
1960-67 Mosely School of Art & Craft, Birmingham, Birmingham College of Art
1972-78 Economical Development for Equatorial and Southern Africa ( EDESA) - Craft Advisor
1979-82 Commonwealth Secretariat, Lesotho, Southern Africa - Production Development Advisor
1984 Commonwealth Fund for Technical Co-operation, Nepal, India, Japan, South Korea - Advisor for Development of Ceramics
1985-87 South West Arts - Craft Advisor

Publications

Publications

1994 St.Ives Revisited - Peter Davis
1996 "Peter Hayes" - American Ceramics 12/2 (Review - Graham Gallery)
1997 "The Next Wave" - Emma Maiden ( see extract above)
1997 "Paintings, Sculpture and Vessels", Peter Hayes and John Emmanuel - Anatol Orient
1998 Ceramic Form - Peter Lane
1999 Raku, Investigations into Fire - David Jones
2000 Ceramics for Gardens and Landscapes - Karin Hessenberg

Recent Exhibitions

Recent Exhibitions

William Zimmer Gallery, Mendocino, California
Graham Gallery, New York
Gallery Artierre, Holland
Helgi Joensen Gallery, Norway
Galerie Le Pignon, Holland
Harmony Hall, Jamaica
Schneider-Bluhm-Loeb Gallery, Chicago
Running Ridge Gallery, Sante Fe, New Mexico
Galleria Arte, Osaka, Japan
Anthony Hepworth Fine Art, Bath
Scottish Gallery, Edinburgh
European Ceramics, Knaresborough
Candover Gallery, Alresford
New Millennium Gallery, St.Ives
Aspidal Gallery, Rufford Craft Centre, Nottingham
Galleria La Perla, Switzerland
The Carlin Gallery, Paris
Anthony Hepworth Fine Art, Cork Street, London
Craft Potters Association, London

Peter exhibits extensively in America, Japan, Europe and throughout Britain. His latest pieces can be seen in his studio in Bath.

Art Fairs

Art Fairs

Sculptural Objects & Functional Art (SOFA)

Represented by William Zimmer Gallery
1995-96 Miami
1996-99 Chicago
1998-99 New York

Represented by Anthony Hepworth Fine Art
1991-00 ICAF Olympia, London
1992-00 Art, Islington, London

Commissions

Commissions

1993 Four Standing Stones - Lansdowne House, Berkeley Square, Stanhope Properties
1993 Pylons - Broadgate, London, Skidmore, Owings & Merril
1994 Mounted Stones with Gold Circle - 100, Ludgate Hill, London, Skidmore, Owings & Merril
1994 Sculpture, Stones - London, Private Collection
1996 Water Sculpture - Marlborough, Private Collection
1997 Totems, Water Sculpture - London, Private Collection
1998 Four Figures - Taipai, Taiwan bank

Public Collections

Public Collections

Scottish National Gallery, Edinburgh
Museum of Modern Art, Kingston, Jamaica
Garderner Collection, Toronto
Museum of Modern Art, Brussels, Belgium
Silber Collection, California
J.B. Speed Museum, Louisville, Kentucky

A Poem by Bob Devereux for Peter Hayes

A Poem by Bob Devereux for Peter Hayes

The man stands alone

The silver trickle
From his water bottle
Is worth more than gold.

Parched clay shrinks

Wounds open in the river bed.

No shade
No shade.
Bones whiten on the plain

The herdsman knows he must move

His little daughter

Seeing him silhouetted
On the ridge
At sunset

Says
Look mother
There is our water bottle
Standing so proud
With its narrow neck

No child

That is your father
He carries
All the sorrows of Africa
On his thin shoulders

A man stands alone

Parched clay shrinks

The herdsman knows he must move

The potter takes this story for his own
Pouring it back into the clay

Soon to be forgotten

The herdsman moves on

The pot stands alone.

Work Styles

Work Styles

Raku
Bone China
Landscape
Handbuilt
Burnished
Sculptural
Garden
Figurative
Architectural